The purpose of the Growing Smarter Planning Grant Program (GSPG) is to assist rural communities and counties in meeting their basic planning needs to meet state statutory (Growing Smarter/Plus) requirements. The GSPG funds are available as matching grants, and may be used to fulfill various components of the Growing Smarter and Growing Smarter Plus Acts, including but not limited to: public participation program development and implementation, research and analysis, the development of the general or comprehensive plan, map and graphics preparation, and implementation of the general/comprehensive plan by updating the zoning ordinance, capital improvement plan, or other specific plans. Only those communities/counties committed to the development and implementation of a general/comprehensive plan, as evidenced by the completed application, will be considered.
Priority consideration will first be given to those city, towns or counties mandated to meet Growing Smarter statutory requirements (see ARS 9-461.05 and 11-821), although cities, towns, counties and tribal jurisdictions that are developing plans due to current circumstances or changing trends (i.e. growth, infrastructure, housing affordability, annexation) are also eligible to apply.