Community-Wide Initiatives and Grants

Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) Initiative

The Broward Regional Health Planning Council was awarded a CDC Community Transformation grant to promote healthy lifestyles through supporting community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases. These grants will help improve health, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.

One component of this grant is the Broward Complete Streets Initiative, which aims to create healthy and safe places in Broward County that are supportive of active lifestyles by establishing ‘Complete Streets community design standards to make streets safe for all users, including those who walk, ride bikes and use public transit.’ Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Smart Growth Partnership and Urban Health Partnerships will be working collaboratively to develop and implement the community design standards that encourage complete streets and smart growth cities.

Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards $4.25 million grant to South Florida to promote sustainable development. The grant aims to build economic competitativeness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation.

The grant will be administered through the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership, a seven-county regional partnership that was created through the South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council which included Broward, Miami-Dade, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties, to plan, design and implement a multi-jurisdictional regional plan for sustainable development.

EV Infrastructure Alliance

Regional partnership to plan for the future deployment of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and vehicle use. Organized through the South Florida Regional Planning Council and its Florida Gold Coast Clean Cities Coalition, and funded through a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

*The EV Community Readiness Plan is complete! The report presents recommendations for streamlining local permitting and overcoming challenges such as siting, installation, fleet adoption, and signage. To download Getting Southeast Florida Plug-in Ready, click here.

Summary of EECBG funded projects in Broward County

Broward County has received more than $700 million in federal stimulus funding as a result of the Federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, to view how the money has been spent please visit Broward County’s Economic Recovery website.

  • Check out how the ARRA has impacted Broward County: Recovery Report
  • A list of projects can also be viewed here.

Broward County awarded $646,347 through the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative.

This grant aims to remove barriers to solar installations in communities. The project will streamline the permitting process and reduce costs of installation and wait time.

Databases for Grants

Federal Grant Opportunities

Looking for funding for a new project in your community? HUD, DOT, EPA, and several other agencies have made available millions of dollars in funding to support the planning and implementation of projects that promote sustainable communities. Funding is available for a variety of uses, including community planning, affordable housing finance, technical assistance, research, and capital infrastructure investments. To help you navigate the complex maze of opportunities, Reconnecting America has compiled a list of all upcoming programs and deadlines.

Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in partnership with the
Federal government’s Urban and Community Forestry Matching Grant Program makes available funds for developing and enhancing your urban and community forestry programs.

Advancing Alternative Fuel markets Project

The Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets project will develop model codes, ordinances, purchasing guidelines and incentives; conduct safety and training programs for first responders, service technicians, mechanics, code officials, fleet managers, and key decision makers; and develop a strategic plan for the coordinated deployment of alternative fueling infrastructure across the United States. Twenty Alternative Fuel Market Projects totaling $11.1 million were awarded across the United States, including Florida, to help increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including those that run on electricity and natural gas. More…

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