Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is inviting communities to apply for Better Urban Infill Development (BUILD) planning grants to revitalize downtowns and design new neighborhoods.
The grants will pay for planning consultants to design infill and neighborhood development plans.
Since the program started three years ago, BUILD has funded 17 planning projects in 13 communities throughout the County.
This year BUILD also offers grants for designing new neighborhoods. Under the heading "Great Neighborhoods," grants will fund neighborhood workshops that allow community members to help design a new neighborhood.
The BUILD program identifies eight elements that define Great Neighborhoods such as friendly to pedestrians, a range of housing and transportation choices, and a mix of homes, shops, schools, workplaces and parks, among others.
"It's exciting to see so many communities and citizens across the county working hard to improve their downtowns and neighborhoods," said County Executive Falk. "I'm glad the BUILD program can provide needed resources in these efforts. With our 'Great Neighborhoods' initiative this year, people will have even more tools to strengthen their communities."
To help people understand the Great Neighborhoods initiative, BUILD will offer a series of neighborhood tours and presentations. The first event, offered in conjunction with 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, will tour the Middleton Hills neighborhood in Middleton and older Madison neighborhoods. The tour will take place on May 4 from 1:30 to 4:30.
A total of approximately $110,000 is available from BUILD, roughly divided between the two types of grants. A combination of County revenues and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds pay for BUILD grants. Selected communities must provide matching funds of 20 percent for infill grants and 35 percent for neighborhood grants. Communities have until the end of May to submit funding applications.
Application guidelines, information about the BUILD program, and registration for the upcoming neighborhood tour, can be obtained on the County's web site at http://www.co.dane.wi.us/plandev/build/build.htm or by contacting Steve Steinhoff with Dane County Planning and Development at 266-4270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit funding applications is May 31, and the deadline to register for the tour is April 20.