Building Strong Communities Grants

Silicon Valley has the highest share of high-wage, high-growth jobs, the largest percentage of venture capitalist investments and some of the highest overall economic growth in the country. This growth, however, has not benefited all. Low- and middle-income workers in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are being left behind and struggle with the increasing cost of housing and transportation. As this dynamic region continues to change and grow, better land use and transportation polices are key to ensuring that our society, economy and natural environment continue to improve for all our residents without impinging upon or degrading future generations’ quality of life.


Regional Planner Impact Brief

2015 RFPs

Building Strong Communities Grants

Grants support programs that:

  • Technical assistance – Including research, consulting, mediation, facilitation, legal counseling and other professional assistance.
  • Community outreach and convening – Capacity and tools needed to engage residents of color, recent immigrants and low-income residents in planning decisions
  • Education – of community-based organization staff and/or of community members – on how the local planning process works, with an emphasis on effective intervention points and methods
  • Advocacy – Education of public officials and other decision makers of the benefits of equitable smart-growth and transit-oriented development
  • Communications training, including how to work with the media



RFP Opened: June 8, 2015
Information Session: June 17, 2015, 10-11 a.m.
Proposals Due: July 10, 2015

Past Grantees