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Smart Growth

Regional, State, and Local Opportunities for Funding Smart Growth Projects

EPA developed this guide of regional, state, and local funding resources to help local and state governments, communities, and nongovernmental organizations that are addressing various aspects of smart growth and community revitalization. Please note that this list is not an exhaustive compilation of all possible smart growth funding resources. See also our list of national smart growth funding resources.

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Regional

U.S. EPA regional offices offer assistance with brownfields assessment, cleanup, and land revitalization. Click on your region on the map on this page to learn about what assistance is available.

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State and Local

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Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Search by state for incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Healthy Food Access Portal: Find Money and Policy Efforts by State
Search by state for funding opportunities for healthy food projects.

California

Caltrans Division of Transportation Planning Grants
Links to information about grant programs including Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants, Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities Grants, and Environmental Justice and Community-Based Transportation Planning Grants.

California Strategic Growth Council: Programs and Grants
Links to grant programs including Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation, Urban Greening Grants, and Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives.

SANDAG TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant Program
Two competitive grant programs that support local efforts to increase walking, biking, and transit use in the San Diego region.

Colorado

Colorado Department of Local Affairs: Financial Assistance
Provides financial resources related to land use planning, economic development, and sustainable community development.

Georgia

Department of Community Affairs: Community and Economic Development
Provides community development and economic development grants and loans.

Maryland

Department of the Environment: Grants and Other Financial Assistance Opportunities
Provides financial assistance on issues such as water quality and brownfields.

Department of Planning: State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance
Lists funding resources.

Massachusetts

Executive Office of Energy and Environment's Office of Grants and Technical Assistance
Lists grants and other assistance for a variety of topics, including air quality and energy, emergency planning, land and recreation, and water projects.

Community Development, Planning, and Funding
Offers programs, funding, and technical assistance for community development and housing.

Michigan

Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Provides grants and tax incentives to promote historic preservation and reuse.

Minnesota

Metropolitan Council: Planning Grants and Funding
Funds livable communities and affordable housing programs.

Pollution Control Agency: Environmental Assistance Grants and Loans
Assists projects that protect, conserve, and improve Minnesota's air, land, and water resources.

Missouri

Department of Natural Resources: Grants and Loans
Provides grants and loans for environmental and community programs.

New Jersey

Department of Community Affairs: Grants and Resources for Nonprofits (and other eligible agencies)
Provides grants for planning and community improvements.

Department of Environmental Protection: Grant and Loan Programs
Provides links to state funding programs for environmental and community issues.

New York

Division of Development: Grant Opportunities
Provides grant opportunities to help local governments and community leaders create sustainable and vibrant communities.

Homes and Community Renewal: Funding
Lists funding opportunities for housing and revitalization efforts.

Landmark Society: Funding for Historic Preservation
Links to funding for historic preservation for homeowners, religious institutions, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and developers.

North Carolina

State Historic Preservation Office: Federal and State Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Links to information about grants and historic preservation tax credits.

Pennsylvania

Department of Community and Economic Development: Programs and Funding
Links to information about funding for community revitalization and improvement projects.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Grants
Funds community and conservation projects.

Vermont

Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development: Funding and Incentives
Lists state and national resources for funding preservation and economic development activities.

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Makes loans and grants to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and state agencies to acquire land and conservation easements and to build affordable housing.

Washington

Department of Commerce: Open Grants and Loans
Lists grants and loans available from the Department of Commerce.

Wisconsin

Department of Transportation: Assistance Programs
Provides funding and other support for projects that support transportation options, including bike and pedestrian facilities, safe routes to school, and land use.

Dane County Planning and Development: BUILD Grant Program
Better Urban Infill Development (BUILD) planning grants provide funding to local municipalities to plan infill developments and great neighborhoods.

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