Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities

The Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Grant Program (Program) will identify intermediary organizations that can provide the technical and capacity building support to metropolitan regions and communities engaged in planning efforts that support community involvement and integrate housing,
land use, land cleanup and preparation for reuse, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments.

Each grantee will be expected to deliver capacity building support to communities across the United States.

The first purpose of the Program is to build a collection of capacity building service providers to work directly with the FY2010 HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge grant recipients, HUD Preferred Sustainability Status communities, and EPA Sustainable Community Technical Assistance recipients and Brownfield Area Wide Planning grant recipients (collectively "Sustainable Communities Grantees"), and enable them to fulfill their anticipated outcomes.

HUD and other Partnership agencies will work regularly with all recipients of grant funds to maintain a coordinated and leveraged delivery approach that ensures the maximum benefit to local governments, regions, and planning entities and partners engaged in the prescribed activities.

The second purpose of the Program is to build a national coalition and leadership network of the Sustainable Communities Grantees.

The purpose of the network is to facilitate the exchange of successful strategies, lessons learned, emerging tools and public engagement strategies, and approaches for avoiding or minimizing pitfalls.

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.