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Community gardens that produce fruits, herbs and vegetables for low-income communities. Vibrant and sustainable public spaces brought to life by transforming abandoned roadways, under-used waterfronts — and even an old golf course. Affordable housing that is better equipped to weather extreme storms and climate-related disasters, and homeowners equipped with the skills to ensure their homes are energy efficient and free of highly toxic lead.
These are just a few of the projects that have received funding through Partners for Places, a matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government leaders, frontline communities, and place-based funders. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to advance efforts to create communities that are sustainable, prosperous and just.
These sustainability efforts take place from coast to coast, in communities both large and small, and focus largely on empowering and engaging low-income neighborhoods.
Collaboration and partnership are at the heart of the Partners for Places program. Since 2012, the matching grant program has helped foster dozens of new partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based funders across the U.S. and Canada — relationships that often continue long after the original Partners for Places project has been completed.