Funders' Network Issues RFP for Round 16 of Partners for Places Sustainability Program

The Funders' Network, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is pleased to announce the opening of Round 16 of the Partners for Places grant program.

Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program aimed at improving communities in the U.S. and Canada by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for the community’s residents. Through these investments, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make communities more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

The program provides partnership investments ranging between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or between $50,000 and $100,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. The program is supported by the JPB Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, the Kresge Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Pisces Foundation, the Summit Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.

In addition to the grant program, TFN and USDN are excited once again to partner with Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange, a practitioner network that supports communities seeking to grow green stormwater infrastructure programs, to support outreach efforts and participate in reviewing stormwater infrastructure project proposals.

Partners for Places accepts proposals for the creation of a community-focused sustainability, climate action, adaptation/resilience, equity, water or comprehensive plan that specifically addresses sustainability; or urban sustainability and/or green stormwater infrastructure. (Please closely review the Proposal and Award Guidance document before preparing your proposal.) All proposals are scored based on the extent to which they include meaningful involvement of priority audiences/stakeholders in program development and implementation.

The application deadline for Round 16 is January 31, 2020.

A selection committee comprised of foundation representatives and urban sustainability directors will make grant selection decisions on behalf of the program, with awards to be announced in May 2020.

TFN will host a webinar to answer questions about the grant program on December 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET. (Registration required.) A recording of the webinar will be made available upon request for those unable to participate. (Please email Ashley Quintana at ashley@fundersnetwork.org.)

See the Partners for Places webpage for the complete Request for Proposals, proposal and budget forms, a promotional video, and an FAQ.

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Deadline: January 30, 2020