We all benefit when all of greater Portland’s communities can reach their full potential. These grants help communities create new housing and commercial opportunities, whether by revitalizing town centers, developing employment areas, reducing barriers to equitable housing or planning for new urban land.
These grants are funded by a regional excise tax on certain construction projects in greater Portland.
Metro is launching a new cycle of 2040 planning and development grants, previously known as community planning and development grants.
Grants will be awarded annually beginning with this cycle. Up to $2 million is expected to be available this year.
Funds will be targeted as follows:
- 50 percent ($1 million) for projects that are focused inside the urban growth boundary and that have a strong emphasis on serving historically marginalized communities and/or reducing barriers to equitable housing.
- 25 percent ($500,000) for other projects to make development more possible in centers, corridors, station areas and employment areas inside the urban growth boundary.
- 25 percent ($500,000) for other projects focused on planning for urban reserves and areas brought inside the urban growth boundary since 2009.
If there are insufficient qualified applications in any one category, grant funds may be awarded to qualified applications in any other category. Project applicants must match at least 10 percent of their grant request with local funds.
For more information on any of these categories, as well as examples of eligible projects, download the application handbook below.
Who can apply
Cities and counties across greater Portland can apply, either solely or in partnership with other government entities, property owners, nonprofit organizations or businesses.
How to apply
Local governments interested in applying must submit letters of interest by May 26, 2017. Optional pre-application conferences may be scheduled with Metro staff.
Full applications are due June 30, 2017. Applicants must apply online through ZoomGrants.
Applications are reviewed by a screening committee, which submits recommendations to the Metro chief operating officer. The Metro COO submits recommendations to the Metro Council, who will make a final grant allocation decision in the fall.
- April 13, 2017: Metro Council approves work plan and administrative rules
- April 20 – May 26, 2017: Optional pre-application conferences with local governments; register by May 20 by submitting a draft letter of intent
- May 26, 2017: Deadline for local governments to submit letters of intent
- June 30, 2017: Deadline for full grant applications
- Summer 2017: Applications reviewed by screening committee; committee submits recommendations to Metro chief operating officer
- Fall 2017: Metro chief operating officer presents recommendations to the Metro Council; Metro Council finalizes grant awards
The grant application handbook includes more details on how to apply, eligible projects, review procedures, timelines and more. See below.
Past grant recipients
The Metro Council has awarded these grants five times since 2007. Learn about past grant recipients