Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Action Grants and Implementation Grants


The Choice Neighborhoods program offers both Planning and Implementation Grants for comprehensive, large-scale strategies to transform struggling neighborhoods where distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing is located. These grants require a collaborative effort from local leaders, residents and multisector stakeholders such nonprofits, businesses, and local agencies and institutions. These partners develop and implement comprehensive plans to revitalize distressed HUD housing and address neighborhood challenges at the same time.


Public housing authorities, local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits may apply for Planning and Implementation Grants.

Communities that have completed their transformation plans and are ready to implement may apply for Implementation Grants.

Role In Creative Placemaking

Choice Neighborhoods requires intensive partnership and public engagement inherent in placemaking efforts. While unlikely to be direct Choice Neighborhoods grantees, creative placemaking practitioners can seek ways to participate in planning and implementation to incorporate arts and cultural elements into the resulting transformation plan.




St. Paul’s neighborhood plan implementation – Norfolk, VA

Mill Creek neighborhood planning – Huntsville, AL

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.