Grants are funded from revenues generated by a regional construction excise tax. Local governments (cities and counties) can apply, either solely or in partnership with other government entities, non-profit organizations or businesses.
Fourth cycle of grants: 2015
A fourth grant cycle is now underway. Applications from local governments were due June 1. On August 9, the grant screening committee submitted its recommendations to Metro Chief Operating Officer Martha Bennett.
Bennett submitted her recommendations to the Metro Council on August 28, recommending approximately $4.7 million in grants for 19 projects in communities around the region.
The Metro Council will discuss these recommendations at its September 8 work session. Final allocations are expected on September 24.
The Administrative Rules, adopted by the Metro Council in March, contain details about the grant program and criteria for how applications were evaluated.
Third cycle of grants: 2013
In the third round, $4.5 million was awarded to fund concept planning for areas added to the growth boundary since 2009 and for a few designated urban reserves.
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Second cycle of grants: 2010
In the second round, $3.6 million supported 17 projects that showed strong potential to create on-the-ground development within five years while leveraging other public and private resources.
First cycle of grants: 2007
In the first round, $6.3 million supported projects in areas added to the urban growth boundary between 2002 and 2005. These grants allowed cities and counties to create concept plans for these areas so they could be developed to generate jobs and increase housing options while protecting farms and forestland.