Community gardens that produce fruits, herbs and vegetables for low-income communities. Vibrant and sustainable public spaces brought to life by transforming abandoned roadways, under-used waterfronts — and even an old golf course. Affordable housing that is better equipped to weather extreme storms and climate-related disasters, and homeowners equipped with the skills to ensure their homes are energy efficient and free of highly toxic lead.

These are just a few of the projects that have received funding through Partners for Places, a matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government leaders, community groups, and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to advance efforts to create communities that are sustainable, prosperous and just.

These sustainability efforts take place from coast to coast, in communities both large and small, and focus largely on empowering and engaging low-income neighborhoods.

Collaboration and partnership are at the heart of the Partners for Places program. Since 2012, the matching grant program has helped foster dozens of new partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based funders across the U.S. and Canada — relationships that often continue long after the original Partners for Places project has been completed.

About Partners for Places

Partners for Places aims to enhance local capacity to build equitable and sustainable communities in the United States and Canada. The fund does this by requiring local government and local foundation partnerships, and by pairing national and local philanthropic funding sources. These one-to-one matching awards support the planning and implementing of urban sustainability and green stormwater infrastructure projects.

To date, Partners for Places has awarded more than $7.5 million across North America in this successful matching grant program, leading to more than $16 million in investments.

TFN and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) launched the Local Sustainability Matching Fund in 2012. Now called Partners for Places, the program is managed by TFN  and supported by The JPB FoundationThe Kendeda FundThe Kresge FoundationNew York Community Trust, and the Pisces Foundation.

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 $150,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

Through Round 16, the primary partners were local governments and local foundations. The Partners for Places 2018-2023 strategy leads with racial equity and a sharper focus on how best to advance equitable and sustainable communities. Starting in Round 17, the primary partners also include local frontline community-led groups. This collaborative governance model is intended to more deeply embed the values and practice of racial equity into local community decision-making processes.

Grant Opportunities & Upcoming Events

General & GSI Grants: Round 18 Now Open!

Round 18 of Partners for Places is now open! The Funders Network (TFN), in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), has announced the next round of grant of grant opportunities for general and green stormwater infrastructure matching grants. The deadline is March 19, 2021.

Round 18 Invitation to Apply

Round 18 Application and Award Guidance Document

Round 18 Informational Webinar: Designed to help potential applicants prepare a proposal. The webinar is on Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. ET. Register here.

Mini Grants

Applications are currently closed. Scroll down to learn more about our first two rounds of Partners for Places Mini Grants.

 

Grants Map

Partners for Places has helped fund sustainability projects and foster connections in dozens of communities across the U.S. and Canada. Click on each tagged location to learn about projects in that city or region. (Completed projects will include a link to that project’s profile on the Partners for Places Idea Bank, including lessons learned and additional resources.)

Pennsylvania

Lancaster | $30,000 | Round 11
Philadelphia | $25,000 | Round 5
Philadelphia | $25,000 | Round 11
Philadelphia | $75,000 | Round 15

Michigan

Ann Arbor | $99,252 | Round 16
Detroit | $25,000 | Round 9
Grand Rapids | $51250 | Round 11
Detroit | $100,000 | Round 15
Ann Arbor | $55,000 | Round 3
Holland | $65,000 | Round 4

Wisconsin

Milwaukee | $75,000 | Round 8
Milwaukee | $75,000 | Round 5
Milwaukee | $45,000 | Round 2
Milwaukee | $75,000 | Round 14
Madison | $25,000 | Round 6
Appleton | $60,000 | Round 1

Georgia

Atlanta | $35,000 | Round 15

Texas

Austin | $100,000 | Round 7

Maryland

Baltimore | $50,000 | P4P Round 3
Baltimore | $75,000 | P4P Round 7
Baltimore | $35,000 | Equity Initiative Round 1

Oregon

Bend | $25,000 | P4P Round 2
Bend | $50,000 | P4P Round 11
Bend | $50,000 | P4P Round 13
Portland | $150,000 | P4P Round 13
Portland | $50,000 | P4P Round 9

California

Chula Vista | $67,500 | P4P Round 6
Berkley | $30,000 | Equity Initiative Round 2
Berkley | $35,000 | P4P Round 2
San Diego | $73,790 | P4P Round 14
Oakland | $40,000 | P4P Round 3
Berkley | $50,000 | P4P Round 3
Los Angeles | $35,000 | P4P Round 11
Los Angeles | $75,000 | P4P Round 8
San Francisco | $150,000 | P4P Round 5
San Diego | $56,250 | P4P Round 4
Los Angeles County | $87,500 | P4P Round 12

New York

Ithica | $51,970 | P4P Round 8
Syracuse | $25,000 | P4P Round 2
Binghampton | $50,000 | P4P Round 2
Buffalo | $85,000 | P4P Round 4
Yonkers & New Rochelle | $25,000 | P4P Round 2

Virginia

Blacksburg | $83,750 | P4P Round 6

Indiana

Indianapolis | $45,000 | P4P Round 4
Bloomington | $34,936 | P4P Round 7
Indianapolis | $50,000 | P4P Round 7
Indianapolis | $146,711 | P4P Round 12

Massachusetts

Northampton | $25,000 | P4P Round 7
Boston | $65,000 | P4P Round 4
New Bedford | $25,000 | P4P Round 13
  • Resilient Homes Initiative
Boston | $50,000 | P4P Round 15
New Bedford | $39,000 | P4P Round 6

Connecticut

Stamford | $75,000 | P4P Round 6
Bridgeport | $72,500 | P4P Round 15
  • Green Infrastructure as a Catalyst for Community Transformation
Hartford | $65,000 | P4P Round 13
Hartford | $125,000 | P4P Round 9
New Haven | $40,000 | P4P Round 15
Bridgeport | $50,000 | P4P Round 3
Bridgeport | $45,138 | P4P Round 8

Florida

Miami | $25,000 | P4P Round 12
Sarasota County | $61,500 | P4P Round 3
Sarasota City & County | $150,000 | P4P Round 13
Broward County | $25,000 | P4P Round 10
Miami-Dade | $50,000 | P4P Round 9
Miami-Dade | $50,000 | P4P Round 5
Miami-Dade | $65,000 | P4P Round 1

Vermont

Burlington | $33,264 | P4P Round 16
Burlington | $30,000 | P4P Round 8

North Carolina

Cary | $25,000 | P4P Round 11
Charlotte | $75,000 | Equity Initiative Round 2

Tennessee

Knoxville | $74,000 | Equity Initiative Round 1
Chattanooga | $40,000 | P4P Round 9
Chattanooga | $30,000 | P4P Round 5
Memphis | $75,000 | P4P Round 4
Chattanooga | $65,000 | P4P Round 2
Knoxville | $74,000 | Equity Initiative Round 1

Illinois

Evanston | $125,000 | Equity Initiative Round 14
Chicago | $75,000 | Equity Initiative Round 10
Chicago | $75,000 | Equity Initiative Round 16
Oak Park | $49,250 | Round 2

Ohio

Cleveland | $50,000 | P4P Round 14
Cleveland | $60,000 | P4P Round 4
Cleveland | $35,000 | P4P Round 7
Toledo | $25,000 | P4P Round 5
Cincinnati | $35,000 | P4P Round 1
Cleveland | $60,000 | Equity Initiative Round 2
Cincinnati | $115,000 | P4P Round 11
Cincinnati | $105,000 | P4P Round 6

Missouri

St. Louis | $50,000 | P4P Round 2
Columbia | $67,000 | P4P Round 5
Columbia | $100,000 | P4P Round 10
  • Using Trees as Green Infrastructure for the 3 E's
St. Louis | $51,250 | P4P Round 11

Kansas

Douglas County | $26,000 | P4P Round 16

Iowa

Dubuque | $55,000 | P4P Round 3
  • Racial Equity at the Center of Climate Adaptation Decision Making
Dubuque | $50,000 | Equity Initiative Round 2

Hawaii

Honolulu | $75,000 | P4P Round 12

Alaska

Juneau | $25,000 | P4P Round 3

New Mexico

Las Cruces | $51,981 | Equity Initiative Round 1
Las Cruces | $25,000 | P4P Round 11

Nebraska

Lincoln | $75,000 | P4P Round 10

Kentucky

Louisville | $75,000 | P4P Round 7
Louisville | $60,000 | P4P Round 3

Minnesota

Minneapolis | $75,000 | P4P Round 9
Minneapolis | $75,000 | Equity Initiative Round 2

Montana

Missoula | $45,000 | P4P Round 7

Louisiana

New Orleans | $45,000 | P4P Round 11
New Orleans | $39,000 | P4P Round 7

New Jersey

Newark | $60,000 | P4P Round 10
Newark | $110,000 | P4P Round 14

Rhode Island

Newport | $54,240 | P4P Round 16
Providence | $50,000 | Equity Initiative Round 1
Providence | $55,000 | Equity Initiative Round 2
Providence | $50,000 | P4P Round 2
Providence | $55,000 | P4P Round 4

Utah

Salt Lake City | $31,500 | Round 11
Salt Lake City | $25,000 | Round 4
Park City | $25,000 | Round 16
Salt Lake City | $25,000 | Round 1

Washington

Seattle | $75,000 | P4P Round 6
Seattle | $75,000 | P4P Round 9
Tacoma | $45,000 | P4P Round 10
Tacoma | $75,000 | P4P Round 5

Arizona

Tuscon | $74,862 | P4P Round 9

Washington, D.C.

D.C. | $60,000 | Equity Initiative Round 2

Colorado

Boulder | $50,000 | P4P Round 10
Denver | $74,959 | P4P Round 13

Alberta

Edmonton | $59,883 | Round 12

Ontario

Hamilton | $25,000 | Round 5

British Columbia

Vancouver | $50,000 | Round 6

Resources

Idea Bank


Learn more about completed
Partners for Places projects

Funding Projects, Building Relationships


Video

2020 Annual Report


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Grantee Spotlight:

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Governance Committee

Dana Bourland

Jill Fuglister

Arturo Garcia-Costas

Lee Hayes Byron

Sustainability Director,
Sarasota County, Fla.

Diane Ives

Sheena Solomon

PLACES Alum
Gifford Foundation

Ann Fowler Wallace

The Funders Network

Learn More

For more information about the Partners for Places matching grant program, please contact TFN Senior Associate Ashley Quintana at ashley@fundersnetwork.org or (305) 667-6350 ext. 201.

“Communities across the U.S. and Canada are coming together to tackle the impacts of climate change with innovative projects that are making a difference in people’s lives, especially those in greatest need. These partnerships foster long-term relationships that in turn help communities become more sustainable, equitable and prosperous places.”

Diane Ives
The Kendeda Fund and co-chair of the Partners for Places Governance Committee.