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 will be announced prior to each funding year. Projects that fall under a Focus Category receive greater consideration during the application review. In 2016, these focus categories emphasize the county’s Sustainable Green Parking Lots guidebook, the new Walk Montco study, and business/office park revitalization. A total of $1 million is allocated for 2016, with annual allocations expected over the next five years. Grant amounts are expected to be available between $10,000 and $200,000, but a realistic average award is around $100,000. 

In addition to this new grant program, the Montgomery County Planning Commission has been tracking Montco 2040’s implementation progress and is looking forward to other opportunities for advancing the goals of the comprehensive plan in 2016. For further information on the new grant program, contact Scott France at 610-278-3747.  

First Round Grant Awards

On June 16, 2016, the Montgomery County Commissioners approved six projects to receive grant awards in the first round of funding for the 2016 program cycle. Those grant awards accounted for $606,440 out of the available $1 million program balance for 2016. 


On July 21, 2016, the Montgomery County Commissioners approved five projects to receive grant awards in the second round of funding for the 2016 program cycle. Those grant awards accounted for $358,300, leaving only $35,000 remaining in the program’s balance for 2016. 


The program will remain open to applications through the end of 2016 even though funding for the year is almost completely committed. The grant review committee will continue to evaluate projects in anticipation for renewed funding in 2017. Submitting an application in 2016 is still encouraged as it may provide an opportunity for feedback and project revision in some cases prior to decisions being made in 2017. Any updates to the program guidelines for next year will be announced in the near future along with any changes to focus categories for the upcoming funding cycle. 

To apply, 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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