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September 18, 2015
In this Issue:
Federal Transit Administration Announces Cities for Transit-Oriented Development Program
The Federal Transit Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a pilot program to support smart planning around new transit lines that will benefit 21 cities around the U.S. The cities received over $19 million in federal grants to better utilize land around transit lines and stops, efficiently locate jobs and housing near new transit stations, and boost ridership. Awards ranged in size from $250,000 to support a new bus link in Detroit to $2 million to support the light rail expansion in Tacoma, Washington. This pilot program was authorized for implementation under MAP-21 and aims to fund comprehensive planning that supports economic development, ridership, multimodal connectivity and accessibility, increased transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, and mixed-use development near transit stations.
Surgeon General Issues Call to Action on Walkable Communities
On September 9, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a powerful call to action, “Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities,”to encourage Americans to be more physically active through walking and to better support communities in making it safe and easy to walk and supporting pedestrian activity. Additionally, the Surgeon General identified the consequences of not incorporating walking into the equation when planning our cities, suburbs, and towns and identified five strategic goals to promote walking and walkable communities in the United States: make walking a national priority; design communities that make it safe and easy to walk for people of all ages and abilities; promote programs and policies to support walking where people live, learn, work, and play; provide information to encourage walking and improve walkability; and fill surveillance, research, and evaluation gaps related to walking and walkability.
In the News
RWJF Culture of Health Prize: 2016 Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates communities across the U.S. that are making significant progress in their journey toward better health. The Culture of Health prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are developing partnerships and committing to make change that will enable everyone, especially low-income people and people of color, to lead healthier lives. Each winning community will receive $25,000 and their success stories will be celebrated and shared broadly to stimulate locally-driven change across the nation. Eligible applicants include counties, cities, federally recognized tribes, regions, towns, villages, boroughs, and other local incorporated places. Phase I applications are due November 12, 2015. Learn more and apply.
Call for Proposals: Health Impact Project
The Health Impact Project, a collaboration between The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trust, will award seven “foundational” grants of up to $45,000 to selected leaders and their organizations to engage key stakeholders and identify the most pressing health or health equity issues facing their communities — as well as the nonhealth care drivers behind those issues. At the end of the grant period, grantees will have a clear, community-driven plan of action for achieving their outcome-based goals.
This call for proposals is open to organizations in the seven Southern and Appalachian states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, or West Virginia. Applications are due November 13, 2015. Learn more and submit your CFP.
Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced funding available to provide economically distressed communities with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs. EDA programs are designed to spur job creation and encourage job retention and increase private investment. Grants will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, and strengthen the nation’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Eligible applicants include federally recognized tribal governments, non-profits, city, county, and state governments, and higher education institutions. Although the last published application deadline has passed, the EDA is still accepting applications for consideration. Read the full funding announcement and apply.