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Funding Opportunities

Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014-- The CPAT initiative, through the American Planning Association, currently holds two annual application cycles for communities seeking planning-related assistance. Communities facing a range of challenges including, but not limited to, social equity and affordability, economic development, sustainability, consensus building, and urban design are well-suited for assistance through the program. Projects focus on localities with a demonstrated need for assistance, where planning resources and expertise may not otherwise be available. If your community has a project suitable for a CPAT, download the application and submit it during one of the open application periods. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by the application deadline. Current period deadline: December 4, 2014 -- (full text)

Request for Proposals: 2015 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants
Wednesday, October 22, 2014-- EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding include Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years) and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). The proposal submission deadline is December 19, 2014. -- (full text)

Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grants for Rural Waste Systems
Monday, October 20, 2014-- Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grants for Rural Waste Systems support non-profit organizations that provide technical assistance and/or training to associations on a wide range of issues relating to delivery of water and waste disposal service. These associations are located in rural areas or cities and towns with a population of 10,000 or less. Grant assistance is available to qualified applicants to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems, to improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities and to assist associations in preparing applications for water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas. An applicant must file the application with the appropriate Agency office between October 1 and December 31 each fiscal year. -- (full text)
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Environmental Solutions for Communities Initiative
Monday, October 20, 2014-- In 2012, Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) launched the Environmental Solutions for Communities initiative, designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. This five-year initiative is supported through a $15 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other public and private investments with an expected total impact of over $37.5 million. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates. Additional priorities and funding guidelines may be found within the programs RFP. In addition, funding available under this new partnership will also be used to leverage resources associated with other NFWF funding opportunities. -- (full text)

2015 Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) Program
Wednesday, October 15, 2014-- The SDAT program is a community assistance program that focuses on the principles of sustainability. SDATs bring teams of volunteer professionals (such as architects, urban designers, landscape architects, planners, hydrologists, economists, attorneys, and others) to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help them develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. The SDAT program is based on the AIAs goal of helping communities create a sustainable relationship between humans, the natural environment, and place. By achieving balance between cultural, environmental, and economic systems, communities can sustain a place as a stage for human settlement. -- (full text)

Army Corps Accepting Water Resources Project Proposals
Tuesday, September 16, 2014-- Under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which became law in June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) is accepting proposals from local governments for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized water resources development projects. The request is open until December 3, 2014. WRRDA authorized flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects to help upgrade the nations aging infrastructure. A key WRRDA provision allows local project sponsors to submit proposals to Army Corps, which in turn will submit a list to Congress for authorization. -- (full text)