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. The grant program has awarded over $3.7 million to 41 projects in 35 municipalities in Montgomery County. 

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

2019 Cycle

The county is now accepting applications for the 2019 cycle of the Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program. Once again, a funding allotment of $1.5 million will be available on a competitive grant basis for municipalities and their partners to make real progress on the goals of the comprehensive plan affecting their local communities.  Focus Categories will remain the same as last year, but note the newly adopted Bike Montco Plan and consider any bike mobility projects consistent with the county’s plan.  All of the focus categories are listed below:

•   Walk Montco and Bike Montco – Trails, Paths, Sidewalk Connections, and Bike Facilities
•   Support of Downtowns and Community Destinations
•   Adaptation and Resiliency

Other project types that meet the goals of the comprehensive plan may also be eligible.  Projects are 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. 
(program guidebook | overview brochure)

Applications may be submitted at any time in advance of the final deadline 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.