The 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program is now open for applications. The program was created through a partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The nonprofit organization has provided a $500,000 grant to the program, which will award $25,000 grants to organizations that develop affordable and sustainable housing through the USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development program.
This application period is the second round of funding using the initial $500,000 grant. The first 10 projects funded through the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program created more than 4,700 sustainable rental units and more than 1,600 for-sale properties. Of the more than 4,700 rental units, 84 percent were set aside for low-income families. Nearly half of the for-sale properties were also designated for purchase by low-income individuals.
In addition to receiving a $25,000 cash grant that will help the community achieve the LEED for Neighborhood Development certification, the 10 winners chosen during this funding period will also receive:
- Registration for an online LEED for Neighborhood Development webinar and workshop
- $300 discount on USGBC national membership
- Access to USGBC technical assistance
- Registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit that will be held at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco
The USGBC is accepting applications through Aug. 10, 2012 and all applicants will be notified of their status on Sept. 14, 2012. For more information or to apply, visit the Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Program website.