Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program

The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program will support metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent
challenges of 1) economic competitiveness and revitalization; 2) social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; 3) energy use and climate change; and 4) public health and environmental impact.

Of the $100 million appropriated, $2 million will be reserved for capacity support grants distributed separately, and not less than $25 million shall be awarded to regions with populations of less than 500,000.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For Fiscal Year 2010, potential applicants should consult the NOFA for the specific funding uses and restrictions.

For Fiscal Year 2010, potential applicants should consult the NOFA for the specific funding uses and restrictions.

All funds are discretionary funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For Fiscal Year 2010, potential applicants should consult the NOFA for the specific funding uses and restrictions.

Applicants with outstanding civil rights violations are not eligible for funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Funding from this Program will support the development and implementation of Regional Plans for Sustainable Development (RPSD) that:
a. Identify affordable housing, transportation investment, water infrastructure, economic development, land use planning, environmental conservation, energy system, open space, and other infrastructure priorities for the region;
b. Clearly define a single, integrated plan for regional development that addresses potential population growth or decline over a minimum 20-year timeframe;
c. Establish performance goals and measures that are, at a minimum, consistent with the Sustainability Partnership s Livability Principles;
d. Prioritize projects that facilitate the implementation of the regional plan and identify responsible implementing entities (public, non-profit, or private) and funding sources;
g. Show how the proposed plan will establish consistency with HUD, DOT, and EPA programs, and policies, such as Consolidated Plans, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, Long Range Transportation Plans, and Asset Management Plans, including strategies to modify existing plans where appropriate; and
h. Engage residents and stakeholders substantively and meaningfully in the development of the shared vision and its implementation early and throughout the process, including communities traditionally marginalized from such processes, while accommodating limited English speakers, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

HUD"s review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117, approved December 16, 2009) , 123 Stat. 3084.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. The program has a leveraged resources requirement.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant award is for 36-months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This is a cost reimbursable grant.

Post Assistance Requirements


Bi-annual reports will be expected.

No cash reports are required.

Bi-annual reports will be expected.

This is a cost reimbursable grant program.

All drawdown requests will require review for approval.

Bi-annual reports will be expected.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $100,000,000; FY 11 est $100,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

100,000 to 5,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Zuleika K. Morales-Romero, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: (202) 402-7683.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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