TDI Challenge Grants
The FY2021 TDI Challenge Grants round is currently closed. Eligible districts will be informed about the opening of the FY2022 Challenge Grants.
TDI Challenge Grants aim to "challenge" Gateway Cities to explore how updated policies and processes can help improve business development and urban vibrancy by providing the funding needed for project implementation. This tool offers financial support up front to municipalities that commit to making a change in policy, process, or ordinance that will directly advance the goals of the TDI Partnership Workplan. Once that change is complete, TDI partnerships will receive additional funding for programs or projects that the new policies make possible. For example, a city can use up-front TDI Challenge Grants funds for studies, community meetings, and extra staff work needed to advance policy changes that make public-event permitting easier for event organizers, and the remaining grant funds could then be used to implement such public events. In the FY2021 round, this program is aimed to be particularly helpful as cities consider ways to make permanent many of the temporary policy changes allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic that assisted businesses and opened up public spaces for new uses.