September 18, 2023 | Thriving Communities Program FY23 Program: Hands-on capacity building support for infrastructure projects | By: Kelly Humrichouser, Director of Government Relations |
On September 12, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the FY23 Thriving Communities Program. This program provides capacity building support to local communities through capacity-building organizations. We encourage you to learn more about the program, determine your community’s interest, and apply by November 28, 2023.
Communities across the country are seeking to leverage new and existing federal programs to improve downtown walkability, street design, transportation access, and safety, but face ongoing challenges in developing community capacity to apply for and execute these projects. Congress recognized the need to support disadvantaged communities and created the Thriving Communities Program (TCP) to address these challenges. Funded at $25M in the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the TCP helps communities build lasting capacity to enact transformational projects.
In March, DOT announced Main Street America and a cohort of partners as one of the first selected capacity builders for the TCP, deploying resources and support to twenty communities. Our approach includes on-site assessment; tailored technical assistance and training in areas of regional connection, equity, and placemaking; and direct financial support to selected communities. We seek to enhance participating communities’ capacity to advance priority projects holistically by enabling collaboration and reducing barriers. Overall, TCP is helping 64 communities across three areas: Main Streets, Complete Neighborhoods, and Networked Communities.
To participate in transformational capacity building through TCP, we encourage you to read on about the opportunity.
For Communities Interested in Receiving Support
Does your community lack the staffing or technical expertise to scope, fund, and develop infrastructure projects that advance broader community goals? Apply to receive 2 years of technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support and continued learning opportunities through the TCP! Get started by: