By: TFN Staff

The Funders’ Network (TFN), in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is pleased to announce the opening of Round 15 of the Partners for Places grant program.

Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for all residents. Through these investments, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our communities more prosperous, livable and vibrant.

In addition to the general grant program, Round 15 also includes dedicated funding to support green stormwater infrastructure projects that advance water-related sustainability goals.

TFN and USDN are excited to partner with Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange, a practitioner network that supports communities seeking to grow green stormwater infrastructure programs, to support outreach efforts and participate in reviewing stormwater infrastructure project proposals.

The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or between $50,000 and $100,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

To date, Partners for Places has awarded nearly $7 million across North America in this successful matching grant program, leading to more than $14 million in investments.

The City of Milwaukee received a Round 14 Partners for Places grant to create vibrant and verdant outdoor learning spaces at low-income public schools.

Creating a Successful Proposal

Partners for Places accepts proposals for the creation of a community-focused sustainability, climate action, adaptation/resilience, or comprehensive plan that specifically addresses sustainability. If your proposal requests funding for the creation of one of these plans, please closely review our Proposal and Award Guidance document 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.

The application deadline for Round 15 is July 30, 2019 (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), and access our Proposal Form and Budget Form. You may also consult our Proposal and Award Guidance document to learn more about frerquently asked questions.

Info Webinar

TFN and USDN will host a Partners for Places Round 15 Info Webinar at 2 p.m. ET June 6. Please visit here to register.

Meet the Latest Grantees!

We announced the recipients of Partners for Places Round 14 matching grants in May. Learn more about the sustainability projects in these five cities.

Funder Investors

Partners for Places is supported by The JPB FoundationKendeda FundThe Kresge FoundationNew York Community TrustPisces FoundationThe Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation.

Selection Process

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 Nov. 6, 2019.

If the RFP or related documents don’t answer all your questions, please contact Ashley Quintana at for more information.

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