News Release: February 6, 2020

Grants Available for Communities Needing Disaster Recovery Assistance

CHICAGO (February 6, 2020) — Do you know of a community in need of disaster recovery assistance? The American Planning Association’s Community Planning Assistance Program encourages disaster-affected communities to apply for one of four available grants for technical assistance.

Through APA’s Community Planning Assistance Program, communities work with volunteer planning experts to help chart a safer, stronger and more resilient future. A city, county or local nonprofit may apply for assistance through one of two grant programs available. Previous communities that have received assistance include Deerfield Beach, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Wharton, Texas. All logistical expenses are funded.

Applications for both grants must be submitted by February 28, 2020.

Nature-Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure Grants

A total of three grants for technical assistance are available to communities interested in exploring nature-based and green infrastructure solutions through pre- and post-disaster recovery planning. The grants will support community efforts in high-risk hazard areas to better live with and manage water and increase hazard resilience. All projects must occur in 2020.

The three grants are funded through the APA Foundation with support from the Pisces Foundation, which seeks ways to accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together.

Disaster Recovery Technical Assistance Opportunity

One grant is available for specialized technical assistance to help generate future risk reduction to multi-hazards. The selected community will evaluate and test the Disaster Recovery Guidebook for Planning Practitioners that will be used by communities nationwide to recover from catastrophic and major disasters using local planning tools. All projects must occur in 2020.

This grant is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams are composed of nationally recognized experts who volunteer their time to work with residents, government officials, and other key stakeholders to offer planning assistance to help navigate change. The program was established in 1995.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating great communities for all. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The more than 40,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;

February 6, 2020