City Receives Partners for Places Grant
Gina Bell, Sustainable Communities Coordinator
Oct. 26, 2020 -- For Immediate Release
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Sustainable Dubuque has been awarded a $8,500 Partners for Places mini-grant from The Funders Network and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
A joint project of The Funders Network and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for all residents. Through these investments, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make communities more prosperous, livable and vibrant. For more information on Partners for Places, visit fundersnetwork.org/partners-for-places
Funds from the grant will be used to conduct a community engagement program exploring how to reduce costs and burdens for marginalized communities. After collecting input, the City hopes to design and implement practices that could benefit these residents through sustainability efforts.
“Climate action is not just solar panels and electric vehicles; at its core, climate action addresses everyday challenges such as high energy bills or health issues related to poor air quality,” said City of Dubuque Sustainable Community Coordinator Gina Bell. “This grant offers us the opportunity to hear from residents about challenges they face and then connect these challenges to our climate action work. It will help Dubuque meet our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% over the next decade while helping residents.”
The project will be conducted in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and the Switching Places Foundation. The groups hope to begin outreach in November, with meetings being held for the remainder of the year. This work will inform a larger grant proposal in early 2021.
For more information, contact Sustainable Communities Coordinator Gina Bell at 563.690.6038 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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