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 open. Letters of intent from local jurisdictions are due on April 16, 2015.
The Administrative Rules, adopted by the Metro Council on Thursday, March 19, contain details about the grant program and criteria for how applications will be 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.