FW: Livability Grants Available from Walt
From: Laura Fitch (lfitchkrausfitch.com)
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 06:35:41 -0800 (PST)
Not sure if these grants could be used for urban cohousing projects, but

Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED
Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002
lfitch [at] krausfitch.com


From: ASLA Government Affairs [mailto:governmentaffairs [at] asla.org] 



Livability Grant Opportunites Available


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DOT Announces $280 Million for New Livability Initiative


On December 1, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the
availability of funding through the new Interagency Partnership on
Sustainable Communities of the Department of Transportation, Department of
Housing and Urban Development, and Environmental Protection Agency. The
funding will be used to create a Federal Transit Administration bus
livability grant program and an urban circulator livability program.


Applications for the new grants programs are due by February 8, 2010, and
DOT anticipates making formal grant announcements by the end of March.
Complete details on eligibility and application requirements are available
at  <http://capwiz.com/asla/utr/1/KGXHLTSPZB/JSKHLTSXQD/4422886591>
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-29245.htm (urban circulator) or
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-29242.htm (bus livability).


Funding for the new program comes from unallocated discretionary funds for
the New Starts/Small Starts Bus and Bus Facility programs. DOT is using $280
million in previously unobligated funds for the program. Approximately $130
million will be available for the circulator program largely aimed at
funding streetcar, circulator, and other local transit and mobility
projects. Grants will be limited to a maximum of $25 million per project.
According to the agency, eligible projects will promote walkable, mixed-use
development. $150 million will be available for projects that focus on
linking buses and bus facilities and improving job access or neighborhood
redevelopment. Key evaluation criteria include the promotion of livability
and sustainability, and addressing the six livability principles previously
outlined by the interagency partnership.


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