By July 2008 RPC member governments should receive their FY2009 funding packet which will include an application to participate in the FY2009 funding cycle. This program is designed to assist county and municipal governments within RPC’s planning area which includes Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, and Walker Counties with the development, adoption, and implementation of various community planning projects. Grant funds will be used to provide local governments with planning assistance for the development of comprehensive plans, area plans such as town center and neighborhood studies, and management tools such as zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Funds can also be used to undertake relevant studies and analyses including economic, retail/market, historic preservation, and transportation-related analyses. Each local government will be required to match the dollars requested in its grant applications. In addition to direct mail, information will be posted on our website www.rpcgb.org by July 1, 2008.