LOOKING AHEAD WITH FOCUS
FOCUS, the regional planning initiative, will qualify local organizations to apply for “Preferred Sustainability Status” when they apply for certain HUD grant programs.
More specifically HUD will award two bonus points to qualified organizations from Southeastern North Carolina which are applying for the specific grant programs listed below.
During the second year of the HUD grant, FOCUS activities include local and regional planning projects working with local officials, community groups, businesses, and institutions. These planning projects support the development of best practices and models to enrich subsequent efforts, and the design of local and state-level policies to remove barriers and create incentives for well planned growth. The FOCUS Initiative actively encourages community engagement and capacity building to expand the ranks of local leaders focused on regional stewardship and sustainable development. FOCUS is also gathering, analyzing and disseminating regional data that demonstrate the degree to which the region can set goals and work toward them.
For the applicant to qualify for these bonus points, they must receive a certification from FOCUS (HUD 2995 form) that they have met the following criteria:
- The applicant is engaged in activities, that in consultation with the designated Point of Contact of the HUD designated Preferred Sustainability Status Community furthers the purposes of the Regional Planning Grant Program or the Challenge Grant Program; and
- The applicant’s proposed activities either directly reflect the Livability Principles cited and contained in HUD’s General Section to the Fiscal 2011 NOFAs or will result in the delivery of services that are consistent with the goals of the Livability Principles; and
- The applicant has committed to maintain an on-going relationship with a HUD Preferred Sustainability Status Community for the purposes of being part of the planning and implementation processes in the designated area.
HUD anticipates making the Preferred Sustainable Status Communities bonus points available in the following program NOFAs [Please note that HUD may revise this list at any time]:
Applicants are advised to carefully review the program NOFA for which they intend to apply to determine the availability of Preferred Sustainable Status Communities bonus points.
To view the listing of Preferred Sustainable Status Communities Points of Contact and to determine if your program will be operating within a Preferred Sustainable Status Community area, see HUD’s Funds Available web site. At that site you will find a link to a map and listing of preferred status areas and contacts.
While this program will be introduced later in the grant initiative, please contact the FOCUS Project Manager, Adrienne Cox, if you and your organization are interested in learning more about Preferred Sustainability Status.