Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative (SC2) would be providing $11 million dollars in grants to support economic growth in cities across the country and establish a resource network.
The $6 million dollar SC2 Visioning Challenge will allow economically challenged cities to compete to be selected as one of six municipalities who will have the opportunity to host its own local competition in which cross-sector teams will develop economic development proposals. The cities that win awards through the SC2 Challenge will receive the support and funding necessary to run a local competition and help the team with the strongest proposal to develop an economic development plan for their city.
An additional $5 million dollars will be provided for an intermediary to develop an SC2 National Resource Network, a one-stop source for both public and private resources and a range of expertise to assist a larger set of communities interested in bolstering their economic development efforts. HUD is currently accepting comments on the advance notice of funding availability (NOFA), with the final version to be released this fall.
The deadline to submit an application for the SC2 Visioning Challenge is July 23, 2012. For more information about this competition, including a link to the official notice, please visit the EDA's dedicated webpage.
The deadline to submit comments on the SC2 National Resource Network advance NOFA is July 14, 2012. To view the advance NOFA for this opportunity, go here.
For more information on SC2, check out our blog post describing the initiative's launch last year here, and a more recent post noting the creation of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities here.