Partners for Places: New RFP Now Available!


Round 12 RFP Now Available Proposals Due January 29, 2018 Request For Proposal In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.

Round 12 RFP Now Available

Proposals Due January 29, 2018

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network , the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities(TFN) is pleased to announce the opening of Round 12 of the Partners for Places grant program. Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

Creating a Successful Proposal - Be Sure to Review Guidance Documents

Partners for Places now accepts proposals for the creation of a community-focused Sustainability, Climate Action, Adaptation/Resilience, or Comprehensive Plan that specifically addresses sustainability or addresses an area identified for performance improvement or implementation for Certified STAR Communities. If your proposal requests funding for the creation of one of these plans, please closely review our Planning Process Guidance document linked here before preparing your proposal.

In addition, all proposals are scored on the extent to which projects include meaningful involvement of priority audiences/stakeholders in program development and implementation. To review our guidance document on meaningful engagement, click here.

Proposals Due January 29, 2018

The application deadline for Round 12 is January 29, 2018 (by 11:59 p.m., any time zone). Please visit the Partners for Places webpage for more information. Here you can view our promotional video, download the Request for Proposals (RFP), access our Proposal Formand consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. TFN will host a webinar to answer any questions about the grant program on December 12, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Please register for the webinar here. A recording of the webinar will be made available through our website for those of you unable to participate.

Investors in Partners for Places

Partners for Places general grant program is supported by The JPB Foundation, Kendeda Fund, New York Community Trust, The Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation. A selection committee comprised of foundation representatives and urban sustainability directors will make grant selection decisions on behalf of Partners for Places, and awards will be announced on May 3, 2018. If the RFP and FAQ documents don’t answer all your questions, please contact Ashley Quintana at or Ann Wallace at for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Upcoming Deadline!

Proposals are due on Thursday, 

March 1st  by 5:00 pm. 

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