Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program

About the Program

On March 3, 2016, the Montgomery County Commissioners announced an exciting new grant program for municipalities as part of the implementation of the county’s comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision. The Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program is intended to assist municipalities in making targeted physical improvements that achieve real progress toward the goals of the plan. The program focuses on supporting local projects that specifically further the goals of the county comprehensive plan and the plan’s themes of Connected Communities, Sustainable Places, and Vibrant Economy. 

While the program is open to a wide array of projects fitting within the comprehensive plan, specific Focus Categories that highlight recent county planning initiatives are announced prior to each funding year. Projects that fall under a Focus Category receive greater consideration during the application review. Grant amounts are available between $10,000 and $200,000, but a realistic average award is around $100,000. In 2016, a total of $1 million was granted in the inaugural cycle of the program.

For further information on the grant program, contact Scott France at 610-278-3747.  

2017 Cycle

The Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program cycle for 2017 has begun with an additional $1 million available. The program essentially consists of the same rules and guidelines with one major change. Instead of a rolling application process, where applications were reviewed on a monthly basis, there will be two scheduled rounds of funding in 2017 with the first round and application deadline set for March 1, 2017. The second round is contingent upon funding remaining after the first round, and that application deadline will be set for July 1, 2017. This new format should facilitate a more clear and competitive application process.

Also on tap for 2017 are revised Focus Categories. Applicants are reminded that they may submit eligible projects that meet any of the goals of the county’s comprehensive plan, but projects that fall within one of the Focus Categories will be encouraged. The focus categories for 2017 are:
  • Walk Montco and Bike Montco – Trails, Paths, Sidewalk Connections and Bike Facilities
  • Support of Downtowns and Community Destinations
  • Revitalization of Office and Business Parks
See the 2017 program guidebook or this overview brochure for more details and examples of eligible categories.

Applications may be submitted at any time in advance of the scheduled deadlines for each round. Click the application button below to begin filling out the application via an interactive pdf. We suggest saving the pdf to your hard drive and reopening it with an Acrobat pdf reader client to avoid any issues based on browser configurations. When you submit the form, a final pdf will be created and you will be asked which email client (desktop or web-based) you would like to use. Note that an additional pdf containing 12 narrative items is also required, and you should attach that pdf to the resultant email when submitting. Detailed instructions regarding the narrative pdf are included in the narrative section of the application. Physical copies of applications will not be accepted. 

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