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. Including the 2017 cycle, the grant program has awarded over $2.2 million to 27 projects in 30 municipalities in Montgomery County.

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

2017 Cycle

On May 4, 2017, the Montgomery County Commissioners awarded Montco 2040 Implementation Grants to 13 municipalities in the county. The 2017 grant awards totaled $1,040,000. The county received 21 applications, totaling $2.3 million in requests, from municipalities for the 2017 cycle. Projects were evaluated in terms of impact, county and local planning consistency, project readiness, and funding attributes by a committee made up of planning commission board members and interdepartmental county staff. Projects were also given heightened consideration when addressing one of three focus categories for 2017:  Walk Montco and Bike Montco – Trails, Paths, Sidewalk Connections and Bike Facilities; Downtown and Community Destination Support; or Revitalization of Office and Business Parks. (2017 program guidebook and overview brochure)

As of May 4, 2017, we do not anticipate being able to offer a second round of funding in 2017 due to the funds being exhausted during this first round. Check here in the future for further updates on funding availability. We look forward to new funding rounds in 2018.

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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