The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Grants program, a cooperative effort between HUD, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, announced November 21 that communities, agencies, and regions across the country will receive almost $96 million in federal funding under the 2011 program. Twenty-seven Community Challenge Grants and 29 Regional Planning Grants were awarded to help communities improve their economic viability and sustainability and link people with better transportation options.