The Partners for Places matching grants program, which pairs city governments with philanthropy to support sustainability efforts, has released its latest RFP for sustainability projects that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents.

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities today announced the opening of Round 12 of the Partners for Places grant program.

Lancaster, Pa. was recently named a Partners for Places grantee and will use its grant to create a climate action plan.

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.

Proposals are due Jan. 29, 2018!

Want to learn more about submitting a successful proposal? Be sure to review our guidance documents and other resources:

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 review our Planning Process Guidance document linked here.

All proposals are scored on how well the projects meaningfully involve the community and key stakeholders in program development and implementation. To review our guidance document on meaningful engagement, click here.

Visit the Partners for Places webpage to view our informational video, download the Request for Proposals (RFP), access our Proposal Form and 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 p.m., ET. Register for the webinar here. (A recording of the webinar will be made available through our website for those of you unable to participate.)

Learn more about our most recent round of grantees, announced in November.

Partners for Places general grant program is supported by The JPB FoundationKendeda FundNew York Community TrustThe 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.