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Local Government Academy Announces Mult-Municipal Planning & Community Sustainability Grants

Date: 4/14/2014

pplication Deadline: May 1, 2014


The purpose of the Multi-Municipal Planning & Community Sustainability Grant program is to support the creation and implementation of multi-municipal plans in conformance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. Applicants are eligible for grants of up to $8,500 per municipality for one or more of the following:



  • Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Planning

  • Implementing Multi-Municipal Planning Priorities

  • Community Sustainability Assessments by Individuals or Teams of Municipalities

Applications are accepted at any time, but are reviewed twice annually - May 1st and October 1st. To get started: 



Eligible applicants: 



  1. Two or more municipalities committed to prepare a multi-municipal comprehensive plan as authorized in Article III and XI of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC); 

  2. Municipalities implementing components of multi-municipal comprehensive plans; 

  3. Municipalities participating in assessments of community-scale sustainability and forming implementation plans creating socially, economically and environmentally sustainable communities.

Eligible use of grant funds: 



  1. A $500 total one-time grant is available to cover costs of conducting public education or meetings to convene municipal officials and citizens on multi-municipal planning or sustainable development.

  2. Up to $8,500 per municipality may be used to hire assistance for:


    1. Preparation of a multi-municipal comprehensive plan consistent with the MPC and smart land use principles

    2. Preparation of zoning and subdivision/land development ordinances that will implement the comprehensive plan and that are generally consistent with it.

    3. Projects implementing multi-municipal planning priorities. 

  3. Community Sustainability Grants to municipalities to conduct full scale assessments of community sustainability and the formation and deployment of implementation plans creating socially, economically and environmentally sustainable communities, as part of a comprehensive planning process. Assessment tools can include the Sustainable Community Essentials Rapid Assessment,  Sustainable Community Solutions Consultancy from Sustainable Pittsburgh or other community sustainability assessment tools as approved by Local Government Academy.
Click here for more information on the Multi-Municipal Planning & Community Sustainability Grant Program Guidelines 

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