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Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program

Everyone deserves access to housing that is healthy, affordable, and accessible to jobs and amenities. Bank of America and USGBC are helping make it happen.

The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program awards grants and provides educational resources to affordable housing developers and public agencies pursuing certification using the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system. With generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, the grant program recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities.

A solution for the community

A lack of affordable housing remains one of the most critical problems facing metropolitan regions across the country. Over 6.5 million low-income families spend more than 50% of their incomes on housing and utility costs, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Less expensive housing is often located far from job centers and transit, further burdening low-income families.

Encouraging locations central to jobs, services and amenities, LEED-ND is transforming neighborhoods into walkable, affordable, sustainable communities to live, work and learn.

Program details

The goal of the grant program is to build capacity to purse LEED-ND certification amongst the developers of affordable housing. Ten registered projects pursuing LEED for Neighborhood Development are awarded with a grant, educational package, and other benefits. Applications are evaluated on various environmental and social criteria, including creating mixed-income community, redeveloping infill and previously developed sites, engaging stakeholders in the development process, and revitilizing both the project area and the surrounding community. Projects that best meet the stated criteria and elevate the design and sustainability of an affordable green neighborhood will be selected.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a 501c3 non-profit organization or public agency involved in the ownership, development, or financing of the project (a for-profit developer can apply as long as they are working with a non-profit or receiving funding from a local, state, or federal source)
  • Project must be in the United States
  • Project must be registered for LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development
  • Project must meet or exceed one or both affordability thresholds based on NPD Credit 4: Mixed-Income Diverse Communities

Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including the redevelopment of infill and previously developed sites, effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.

How to Apply

The application period is closed.

Applicants should apply through the electronic form posted during the application period. Detailed instructions and eligibility requirements are included.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

2012 Grant Recipients

The Box District
Chelsea, Mass.

Brightwalk at Historic Double Oaks
Charlotte, N.C.

East Market Street District
Louisville, Ky.

Living (Grand Rapids) Challenge
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Mariposa Redevelopment
Denver, Colo.

MFCDC 20/21 Project
Indianapolis, Ind.

Paradise Creek Affordable Housing
National City, Calif.

Charlotte, N.C.

The Renaissance at McGinley Square Phase I
Jersey City, N.J.

Westlawn Gardens
Milwaukee, Wis.

Grant recipients receive:

  • A $25,000 cash award, to be used to pursue LEED-ND certification
  • Refunded LEED-ND project registration fee
  • $300 discount on national USGBC membership
  • One LEED-ND Reference Guide
  • One registration for a LEED-ND online training/webinar
  • Registration for a LEED-ND workshop
  • Access to USGBC technical assistance and monthly conference calls
  • One registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit at Greenbuild in San Francisco, CA