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.
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.
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.
Third cycle of grants: 2013
Grants totaling $4.5 million were 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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Fourth cycle of grants: 2015
A fourth grant cycle will begin in spring 2015. More information, including application materials and deadlines, will be available in early March. A pre-application informational meeting will be scheduled.