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RFA: Technical assistance programs - Grants offered to implement smart growth

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  • irvin dawid
    Please forward this exciting announcement to all of your state and local contacts! Thanks for helping us to spread the word about this opportunity. Also, see:
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2005
      Please forward this exciting announcement to all of your state and local
      contacts! Thanks for helping us to spread the word about this opportunity.
      Also, see: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/techasst.htm
      for complete details.

      The American Institute of Architects
      Development, Community, and Environment Division, US EPA
      National Sea Grant Office, NOAA

      It is with pleasure that the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and
      Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offer the following technical assistance
      opportunities to communities across the country. Local governments are
      confronted daily by growth pressures and the challenge to develop in ways
      that improve the tax base, provide housing and transportation choices, and
      minimize environmental impacts. Community demand for tools and assistance
      to address these issues has increased dramatically.

      In response, AIA, EPA, and NOAA have developed technical assistance programs
      to assist communities in meeting their individual development-related
      challenges and to help create examples that can serve as models for others.
      To streamline the process for local communities, AIA, EPA, and NOAA are
      releasing their requests for applications (RFA) together, with the same
      deadlines. All three requests are attached here. Applicants are welcome to
      apply to one or all three of these programs, depending on their ability to
      meet the requirements for each program. Please note that each program has a
      specific application that must be completed. All applications are due to
      the sponsoring organization on Friday, January 6, 2006.

      Details on each technical assistance program are included in the requests
      for applications attached to this announcement. Below is a summary of key
      elements for each program.

      Smart Growth Implementation Assistance: Environmental Protection Agency The
      Development, Community and Environment Division (DCED) in U.S. EPA's Office
      of Policy Economics and Innovation is seeking applications from communities
      that want to develop in ways that meet environmental and other community
      goals. EPA will provide technical assistance to successful applicants as
      described below.

      EPA is soliciting applications from communities that want assistance with
      implementing smart growth either through policy analysis (e.g., reviewing
      state and local codes, school siting guidelines, transportation policies,
      etc.) or public participatory processes (e.g., visioning, alternatives
      analysis, build-out analysis, etc.). Selected communities will receive
      assistance in the form of a multi-day visit from a team of experts organized
      by EPA and other national partners to work with local leaders. EPA will
      provide this assistance through an
      Agency contract vehicle, not a grant. Team members will be nationally
      known experts in disciplines to be determined by the community's unique
      needs. After the visit, the team will work with the community to deliver a
      final report. Although the assistance is free to the community, priority
      will be given to those places that can demonstrate commitments of local
      staff time, support from local businesses, and other local resources.

      Eligible entities are tribal, local, regional, and state governments and
      nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a
      governmental entity.

      For more information, contact: Ilana Preuss at preuss.ilana@... or at
      202-566-2853 or Mary Kay Bailey at bailey.marykay@... or at

      (See attached file: 2006 EPA RFA SG Implementation Assistance.PDF)

      Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT): American Institute of Architects
      The SDAT is a community assistance program that focuses on assessing the
      sustainability of communities and creating a framework for becoming more
      sustainable at the community and regional levels. SDATs bring a team of
      volunteer professionals (such as architects, urban designers, 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 process will help

      � understand their structure at various scales and contexts;
      � explore interactions between ecological, sociological, economic,
      and physical systems;
      � visualize potential futures;
      � articulate the qualities of a place;
      � advance the principles of sustainable communities; and
      � support the role of stakeholders and players in both the public
      and private sectors.

      For 2006, the AIA will provide a grant of $15,000 to seven communities;
      communities are required to provide a $5,000 match as well as cover any
      additional costs above $20,000 that may be incurred.

      Eligible entities include all communities in the United States;
      participation of the local government and support of the local AIA component
      are required.

      For More Information, contact: Ann Livingston, Esq., Director, AIA Center
      for Communities by Design at alivingston@... or 202.626.7405 or e-mail
      sdat@..., See: http://www.aia.org/liv_sdat.

      (See attached file: 2006 AIA SDAT Application.pdf)

      Central Valley Air Quality (CVAQ) Coalition
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