Choice Neighborhoods - Planning Grants - American Cities Climate Challenge

Choice Neighborhoods - Planning Grants

Federal Agency

Sub-Department

Public and Indian Housing

Purpose

To support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focused on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhoods. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

The eligible applicant must demonstrate that the proposal targets an eligible housing project and is located in an eligible neighborhood. Eligible applicants include Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits.

Decarbonization Considerations

Consider integrating community solar, resilience hubs, building-tied solar and storage for backup power, EV charging infrastructure, nature-based heat island mitigation strategies, and other sustainable solutions that benefit the broader community. For specific housing projects, consider integrating rooftop solar, efficient electric appliances, weatherization, demand management, and other related distributed energy resources to reduce energy costs and emissions.

Equity Considerations

For community solutions, align the solutions with the priorities of the community. For housing-specific solutions, consider prioritizing the distributed energy resource solutions that have the largest reduction on occupants' energy burden.

Helpful Tips

Ensure that your planning grant is optimized by embracing decarbonization and resilience strategies. Effectively implemented planning grants make your community more competitive for the Choice Implementation grants. Use HUD Mapping tool to determine eligible neighborhoods: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/maps/CN/home.html

Other Notes

N/A

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

July 28, 2022

Funding Available

$10,000,000

Max Award Amount

$500,000

Expected Allocations

20

Average Award (Estimated)

$500,000

Matching Funds

5% match required

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