Call for projects: Planning Sustainable Places program opens 2017 funding cycle

The Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) program is currently seeking applications for projects that continue the work of the Creating Sustainable Places initiative and the region’s long-range plan for sustainable development.

The PSP efforts work to advance detailed local planning and project development activities that further the creation of vibrant, connected and green places. Projects need to integrate transportation, land use and the environment. The committee uses a thorough public engagement process to vet the projects with the communities.

VIBRANT places provide easy access to jobs and services; offer housing, recreation, shopping and transportation choices; foster connections between neighbors and social engagement; and promote access to arts and culture. Vibrant places make efficient use of public and private assets and resources and are attractive to residents and businesses, not just today and tomorrow, but over the long haul.


CONNECTED places are linked by corridors that provide transportation choices, accommodating walking, biking and public transportation as well as the automobile. These corridors attract development and help connect residents to jobs and services.


GREEN places create real economic, social and environmental value for residents, businesses and communities. The conservation, restoration and addition of important green places creates a positive impact on our natural world while creating places that promote healthy life styles and healthy residents.


There will be a pre-application workshop on May 17, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the MARC Board Room. The project submission deadline is June 24, 2016 at 4 p.m.

The PSP program uses Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding. A total of $1.8 million is available for this round.

  • $ 600,000 − Missouri STP − Livable Communities Pilot Planning Program, FFY 2017
  • $1,200,000 − Kansas STP − Livable Communities Pilot Planning Program, FFY 2017

The program requires a minimum local cash match of 20 percent and applications with a higher local match percentage will receive additional consideration during the project selection process. The maximum available grant award per project is $150,000 and there is no minimum grant award or minimum or maximum project size.

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