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December 22, 2015
In this Issue:
Congress Approves Five-Year Transportation Bill
America’s new five-year, $305 billion transportation bill, dubbed the FAST Act, became law earlier this month with President Obama’s signature. For the first time in a decade, congressional leaders have agreed on a long-term bill to fix, maintain, and expand the nation's roads, bridges, rails, and mass transit. The new law, paid for with gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget, authorizes $230 billion on highways, $60 billion for public transportation, $10 billion for passenger rail, and $5 billion for highway safety programs." Under the measure, transit-oriented development planning grants were preserved; passenger rail is included in the larger surface transportation authorization for the first time ever; and offers local governments slightly more money to invest in their priority projects. While the small but popular Transportation Alternatives Program that helps states and local communities build safe routes for biking or walking wasn’t eliminated, it’s one of the few programs where funding doesn’t grow with the overall increases in bill — it’s capped at $850 million. Overall, funding directed to local communities is an improvement over MAP-21, but the funding and control over that funding by local communities of all sizes falls far short of what is needed. Lawmakers also decided to not include a new measure that would improve accessibility and measure how investments affect residents’ access to jobs and opportunity. For more information on transportation policies, click here.
The Kresge Foundation Call for Proposals: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization
The Kresge Foundation seeks to support and accelerate local efforts that successfully use food as a platform for health, economic development and cultural expression, creating co-benefits for all – particularly low-income residents and families. This funding opportunity aims to surface and accelerate the most promising initiatives that use food-oriented development as a comprehensive community revitalization strategy. Kresge invites proposals from organizations and collaborations leading mission-driven food initiatives in economically distressed urban neighborhoods. Kresge intends to award up to 20 planning grants of up to $75,000 each in the first quarter of 2016. Complete proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 15, 2016. Click here to learn more and apply.
Citi Foundation's Community Progress Makers Fund Call for Proposals
The Citi Foundation released an RFP for the new Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million grant initiative to support local nonprofit organizations in the U.S. The Fund will provide unrestricted grant funding to help community organizations lead urban transformation efforts that catalyze economic opportunities for low-income residents.
The Citi Foundation seeks to invest in leaders and organizations who are working to make cities engines of opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Through core support funding, Citi Foundation seeks to enable these leaders to take the bold steps required to create transformative outcomes for their communities and for their organizations. All proposals must be submitted online. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 11:59PM EST Friday, January 8, 2016. For more information or to apply, click here.