GrantWorks is committed to helping communities preserve their heritage, improve economic vitality, and maintain livability.
Planning services are a critical part of this and are needed to facilitate Capital Improvement Plans so city constituents may reap the rewards.
Our Planning services include:
- Comprehensive planning for population, housing, recreation, land use, and economic development
- Applying for and securing grant funding for comprehensive planning
- Capital improvements, economic developments, and downtown revitalization plans, housing plans, and ordinance reviews
- GIS mapping of city limits, land uses, and zoning
- Colonia planning to assist neighborhoods and counties with infrastructure and housing needs
- Creating or updating hazard mitigation plans
The GrantWorks Difference
220+ Comprehensive Plans CompletedOur planners have a combined 50+ years of diverse planning experience and provide tailored community planning services to help communities preserve their heritage, improve economic vitality, & maintain livability.
43+ Years' Experience in Grant ManagementFor over 43 years, GrantWorks has developed into one of the nation’s leaders in grant management services. We’ve successfully secured and managed over $8 billion in assistance to hundreds of our communities.
400+ Nationwide Grant ExpertsWith a national workforce of over 400 subject matter experts, our team is equipped to handle virtually any type of grant program. We have successfully assisted over 600 state, county, and city government entities with grant program management services.
Our Planning Services
Our Planning Services Department offers an advisor and partner with the ideal combination of specialized, in-house grant management, including consulting, research, data analysis, mapping, and project management for all aspects of planning and grants administration.
We’ve created over 150 comprehensive plans for local communities using our experience in leading citizens, staff, and elected officials through Needs Assessment and Community Visioning. The planning process addresses the needs of the population, housing, recreation, land use, and economic development with detailed studies and research. Emphasis is placed on water, sewer, streets, and drainage infrastructure analysis and project cost estimates. Our planning process provides digitized maps, a system for gathering feedback from residents and local businesses, and a list of improvement projects, costs, and suggestions according to priority.
Our staff has offered colonia planning services since 1995, creating maps of the identified neighborhoods and assisting counties with addressing infrastructure and housing needs. In total, GrantWorks has completed 32 Colonia Plans to help counties within 150 miles of the Texas-Mexico border in obtaining grant funds to improve colonias in the jurisdiction. Our experience in this work is unmatched by any other planning firm in Texas.
We assist communities with writing competitive applications for available funds and administering planning grants. In Texas, we work with the Texas Department of Agriculture to secure grant funding from the Community Development Block Grant program for Small Town Comprehensive Planning every two years. Grant amounts range from $20,000 to $55,000.
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Applications to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) must have a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan in place before submitting an application. We can assist with the grant writing and application process with a new or updated Hazard Mitigation Plan, shepherding the plan through FEMA approval, and assisting with subsequent grant applications with the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
We create maps of city limits, land uses, zoning, and infrastructure using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. We’ll conduct on-site fieldwork in the community, digitize and update existing paper maps, and create databases that put all of the city’s spatial information into one comprehensive system. These maps and databases can be converted to AutoCAD format for engineering use.
Additional Planning Services
We work with communities to provide focused studies on single planning elements or a variety of elements. These may include capital improvement plans, housing plans, ordinance reviews, and downtown revitalization plans.