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 funding and provides educational resources to developers of affordable housing developers who are 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 quality, affordable housing remains one of the most critical problems facing metropolitan regions across the country and around the globe. 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.
The goal of the grant program is to build capacity amongst the developers of affordable housing to incorporate the principles of LEED ND and ultimately achieve certification. Fourteen registered projects pursuing LEED for Neighborhood Development in the US and Canada will be awarded with a grant, educational package, and other benefits in Fall 2014. Applications are evaluated on various environmental and social criteria, including creating mixed-income communities, redeveloping infill and previously developed sites, engaging stakeholders in the development process, and revitalizing 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.
- 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 or Canada
- 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
- Rental: The project must meet or exceed the NPDc4, Option 2, exemplary performance threshold: at least 30% of the rental units must be affordable to families earning less than 60% of AMI or at least 50% of the rental units must be affordable to families earning less than 80% of AMI.
- For-sale: the project must meet or exceed NPDc4, Option 2, with at least 20% of the for-sale units affordable to families earning less than 100% of AMI.
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
Applications for the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant program will be accepted from May 15 to August 1, 2014. The application and agreement are available for download. Any questions and completed applications can be directed to [email protected].
May 15, 2014 – Application period opens
June 11, 2014 – Free webcast held for interested applicants. Register »
August 1, 2014 – Applications due by 5pm ET
Contact [email protected] to learn more.
Grant recipients receive:
- A $25,000 USD cash award, to be used to pursue LEED-ND certification
- One LEED-ND Reference Guide
- One registration for a LEED-ND online training/webinar series
- Registration for one LEED-ND workshop
- Registration and exam fees for one team member to sit for the LEED Green Associate or Accredited Professional exam
- Access to USGBC technical assistance and monthly conference calls
- One registration for the Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities Summit at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans, LA
- Travel stipend to support attendance at the Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities Summit
Additionally, up to four projects will be selected to receive a two-day, in-person technical assistance session with a team of USGBC and GBCI staff.
2012 Grant Recipients
The Box District
Brightwalk at Historic Double Oaks
East Market Street District
Living (Grand Rapids) Challenge
Grand Rapids, Mich.
MFCDC 20/21 Project
Paradise Creek Affordable Housing
National City, Calif.
The Renaissance at McGinley Square Phase I
Jersey City, N.J.