Wednesday, May 14, 2008

General Services Administration’s (GSA) Planning Grant for Federal Offices in the Washington, DC Region

The General Services Administration’s (GSA), Public Building Service (PBS) seeks to cultivate innovative regional coordination, design, and planning practices for accommodating federal offices in the Washington region over the next half-century. Decisions about the form, nature, and location of federal work will have a tremendous influence on the long-term social, economic, environmental, and cultural health of the region. Developing an urban planning vision for how to locate and develop federal work places will require close collaboration with both public and private stakeholders. The federal government seeks to encourage this effective regional coordination and plan intelligently, guided by mutual regional concerns such as sustainability, energy consumption, transportation infrastructure, security, new technologies, including those that facilitate telework opportunities, as well as the changing regional economics of land, housing, and workforce issues. Proposals are due by June 20, 2008.

In order to promote a guiding vision for the future of federal work in the Washington region, GSA's PBS will award competitive grants in the range of $50,000 to $500,000 for coordination, planning, and research efforts that explore fundamental questions related to the form, location, and design of federal offices over the next 10 to 50 years in the National Capital Region. The maximum aggregate value of the grants is $500,000.

This grant opportunity is derived from Public Law 110-161, which gives GSA the authority to make these competitive grants to institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, commercial organizations, and state or local governments as well as to qualified individuals.

Grant proposals will be evaluated by a panel consisting of GSA officials and GSA Design Excellence Peers, who are nationally recognized private sector experts in the field of urban planning and design. Successful grantees will be notified in July 2008.

GSA Final Grant Language - May 13, 2008

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