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