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EPA Smart Growth Grants and Other Funding


The Office of Sustainable Communities sometimes offers grants to support activities that improve the quality of development and protect human health and the environment. When these grants are offered, they will always be announced on this Web page and on www.grants.gov.

If you see a grant for which you wish to apply:


Request for Grant Proposals (RFP) - Announcements

Request for Proposals for a Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse (EPA-AO-OP-OSC-14-01)

EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities is seeking proposals for a Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse. Under this solicitation, EPA intends to fund further development and ongoing maintenance of a web-based national information clearinghouse focused on smart growth. The clearinghouse will function as a "one stop shop" for the best information currently available on effective smart growth approaches that can help communities make development choices that deliver environmental, economic, and quality of life benefits. The clearinghouse will also serve as the virtual home of the Smart Growth Network (SGN), a nationally recognized coalition of leadership organizations that have formally endorsed the principles of smart growth. This RFP builds on Smart Growth Online, an information service currently supported through a competitively awarded assistance agreement that expires in summer 2014 (see www.smartgrowth.org) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer. Eligible applicants are States and local governments, as well as the District of Columbia; U.S. territories and possessions; foreign governments; international organizations; Indian Tribes; interstate organizations; intrastate organizations; public and private colleges and universities; and hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions. For-profit organizations and individuals are not eligible to apply. EPA's solicitation for further development and ongoing maintenance of a Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse is now closed. EPA expects to make an award announcement by fall 2014.

If you have questions about this solicitation, please contact Lynn Desautels (desautels.lynn@epa.gov, 202-566-2840).

Request for Proposals for a Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse (EPA-AO-OP-OSC-14-01) (PDF) (28 pp, 133K, About PDF)

Update: The Maryland Department of Planning has been recommended to receive the grant under the Office of Sustainable Communities’ Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse Online Website competition.  A formal award will be made after the Department of Planning completes the official award application process.

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More Information About EPA Smart Growth Grants


EPA Smart Growth Grants from 2013 RFPs

Local Government Commission Awarded Cooperative Agreement for Organizing National Smart Growth Conferences
On December 4, 2013, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the Local Government Commission (LGC) to organize a multi-disciplinary event that focuses on diverse smart growth issues and attracts a wide audience, including planners, developers, elected officials, and transportation professionals, among many others. The cooperative agreement calls for a conference to be held each year for a five-year period. This conference is the preeminent smart growth event in the nation, featuring cutting-edge sessions and workshops for practitioners seeking tools for smart growth implementation. Between 1,250 and 1,500 registrants are expected to attend this three-day conference each year.  For more information on the conference , please visit www.newpartners.org. Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

This award was made in response to a competitive request for proposals (RFP) titled OSC Request for Proposals for National Smart Growth Conference Planning (EPA-OP-OSC-13-01).

OSC Request for Proposals for National Smart Growth Conference Planning (PDF) (29 pp, 268K, About PDF)

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Other Funding Resources

EPA has compiled lists of other funding resources for tribal, state, and local governments; communities; and non-governmental organizations that are seeking funding to address various aspects of smart growth.

Grants from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Other national funding sources
Regional, state, and local funding sources

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