Tools for Community Improvement

City Planning, Funding Opportunities

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Smart Growth America, a Washington D.C. based advocacy organization for “people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods” is currently accepting applications for free technical assistance workshops to help local leaders and residents make their communities more livable, sustainable, and vibrant.

Now in its sixth year, Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance program has helped more than 50 communities grow in ways that benefit residents and businesses alike, while preserving a sense of place. Applicants can apply for one of the following tools:

  • Implementing smart growth 101
  • Planning for economic and fiscal health
  • Fiscal impact analysis
  • Sustainable land use code audit
  • Complete Streets technical assistance
  • Parking audits
  • Cool planning: local strategies to slow climate change
  • Using LEED-ND to accelerate the development of sustainable communities
  • (Re)Building Downtown

Click here to learn more about Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance.

Also, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a Call for Applications for its 2017 Culture of Health Prize, an annual program that honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping live healthier lives.


As many as ten communities that have placed a priority on the health and well being of its residents, especially those facing the greatest challenges, will be awarded a $25,000 cash prize and have their stories and successes celebrated broadly to inspire other towards locally-driven change.

Click here to learn more about the 2017 Culture of Health Prize.


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