“Planning for Future Funding: How to create a community comprehensive plan with federal funding in mind”
Thinking about federal grants when developing a comprehensive plan for your community can help you get a head start on successfully applying, submitting and receiving federal funding.
Detailed comprehensive plans and federal funding grants need some of the same elements to thrive. Writing about the vision for investing in a community’s empty brownfields, affordable housing and economic development needs, and health issues can serve as a platform in applying for federal grants. These aspirations, when effectively written and documented, can be used as the basis for grant applications. If a community identifies its needs as part of the planning process, it can, as part of a continuous proposal building process, pinpoint which grants will help meet those needs.
Federal grants are available for communities with an integrated vision for connecting economic development, community development, and environmental protection to create greater livability.
Illinois ResourceNet (IRN) and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMPA) are working together on a series of free webinars to help communities strengthen their capacity to apply successfully for available federal funding opportunities.
In this webinar, “Planning for Funding: How to create a comprehensive plan with federal funding in mind,” Deborah Orr, EPA Region 5 Brownfields Coordinator, will moderate the session and explain why comprehensive community planning should be an integral part of the federal funding process.
Michael McAfee, Community Planning and Development Representative with HUD's Chicago office, will demonstrate how to use a comprehensive plan and the sustainable practices built into it to facilitate the continuous development of federal funding proposals.
Susan Kaplan, technical assistance provider for Illinois ResourceNet at the University of Illinois, will offer examples of how a community plan can be used to help identify relevant federal grant opportunities and develop persuasive grant applications.
Free Webinar held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.