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Everyone in the metro region benefits when all of greater Portland’s communities can reach their full potential. 2040 Planning and Development grants help communities implement our region’s long-range vision, create new housing and commercial opportunities, revitalize town centers, develop employment areas, reduce barriers to equitable housing and plan for future infrastructure and development in new urban areas.
The program, formerly known as the Community Planning and Development Grants Program, has been in place since 2006. Prior grant cycles have awarded over $22 million to fund more than 90 projects across the region. The grants are funded by a regional excise tax on certain construction projects in greater Portland.
Local governments (cities and counties) within Metro’s service district may submit applications. They may apply as sole applicants, or in partnership with other government entities or private, non-profit or community-based organizations. Other local governments may apply for a grant in partnership with a city or county within the Metro service district. Neighboring jurisdictions embarking on similar community planning and development planning projects are encouraged to coordinate or combine their projects. See the full application information sheet for more details
Investment targets for the 2018 application cycle
The Metro Council establishes a policy emphasis for each grant cycle to help align the grant program with current trends and issues affecting development in the region. Our region continues to lack adequate housing supply, especially for residents with lower incomes. Multiple tools and approaches are needed to provide more equitable housing throughout the region. Complementary strategies for employment growth, redevelopment, and land readiness are also important to address current regional growth and development issues. This year's grant cycle emphasis is as follows:
- 25 percent of grant funds will be targeted for concept planning or comprehensive planning projects in Urban Reserves or new urban areas
- 50 percent of allocated funds will be targeted for qualified projects that will facilitate implementation of equitable development projects inside the UGB
- 25 percent of funds will be targeted for projects to facilitate development in centers, corridors, station areas, and employment area.
Metro staff will review applications that seek consideration under the equitable development category; those that do not have a sufficiently strong equitable development emphasis to merit funding in that category will be then be added to the general pool of applications for projects within the UGB, and evaluated alongside those applications based on their relative overall merits.
Timeline for the 2018 grant application cycle
Metro begins to accept draft letters of intent
Feb. 12 - March 8
Scheduling of required pre-application conferences with Metro staff.
Required draft letter of intent due to Metro no later than March 8. Early submission of draft letter of intent is strongly encouraged.
Deadline to submit final letters of intent
Deadline to submit full application
May - June
Staff/screening committee evaluations and recommendations
July - Aug.
Metro Council action to award grants
Aug. - Jan. 2019
Negotiation of inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) between Metro and grantees; procurement/selection of project consultant teams; finalization of project scopes, milestones, and timelines
Grant application Cycle 7 to begin