How to Apply
The deadline to submit a request is April 30. Applicants interested in receiving free technical assistance must submit a letter of interest no more than four pages in length that includes:
- Identify a policy, plan or project on which technical assistance is requested and outline how it aligns with Sustainable Communities principles
- Describe how Greenbelt Alliance’s assistance would help to advance that project or policy;
- Description of the existing community and government support for the specific proposal or for Sustainable Communities principles in general;
- Discuss local and regional impacts and benefits if the proposal is implemented; and
- Outline your plan and available capacity to implement recommendations and action items after the technical assistance period ends.
In addition, applicants must complete the Technical Assistance application form. Finalists will be asked to submit a letter of commitment from government leadership or elected officials to demonstrate support for this effort.
Applications must be received by April 30 at 5 p.m. Accepted or rejected applications will be notified in May. Greenbelt Alliance reserves the right to reject incomplete applications or applications not meeting the criteria.
Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria
Any local, regional, state, or tribal government, or agency or subdivision thereof, or community-based organization working in close conjunction with any such division of government may apply for this technical assistance – provided they are located in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area (the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and Solano).
Applications will be evaluated based on need, readiness, impact, and likelihood of success. Applications will be scored based on a total of 100 possible points. Applications best meeting the selection criteria described below will be selected to receive technical assistance:
Need (25 points): Applicants will be evaluated regarding the magnitude of their need for technical assistance. Indicators of need include, but are not limited to: limited staff capacity, track record of poorly planned growth, high future growth projections, and limited implementation of smart growth policies, codes and projects.
Readiness (25 points): The Consortium seeks to provide assistance to communities that are ready to adopt smart growth policies but lack the technical expertise to develop or implement such policies. Applicant will be evaluated on their level of readiness for policy and program implementation. Indicators of readiness include, but are not limited to: existing or emerging political and/or community support for smart growth and sustainability; inclusion of smart growth and sustainability ideas or practices in adopted planning documents; availability of resources to continue implementation after technical assistance; and evidence of alignment of Sustainable Communities principles with current or proposed projects in the community.
Impact (25 points): The Consortium seeks to provide technical assistance to the communities where such assistance would result in the largest impact. Indicators of impact include, but are not limited to: potential for significant impact on regional or local development patterns; estimated number of people served by the action; geographic reach of the impact; affect on areas outside the community applying for assistance; likelihood of significant positive short term and long term impacts on the community; and ability for project to serve as a model for other communities in the region and beyond.
Likelihood of Success (25 points): The Consortium seeks to provide technical assistance to communities where smart growth policies and priorities are likely to be incorporated in plans, policies and regulations. Indicators that technical assistance is likely to lead to adoption of new policies and regulations include, but are not limited to: evidence of support from local community organizations with capacity to assist the jurisdiction in implementation efforts; an identified champion (elected official or community leader) of sustainability programs and policies; support from non-traditional and diversified stakeholders; and a realistic assessment of foreseeable challenges to implementation.
In order to ensure that the communities selected represent a range of community scales and demographics, at least 20% of the awardees will be disadvantaged and/or rural communities.