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. The grant program has awarded over $7.5 million to 71 projects in 43 municipalities of Montgomery County.
2021 Cycle is now open
MCPC is committed to projects that advance social equity. The just and fair inclusion of all Montgomery County residents where everyone can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential is an important part of our work. We are committed to public engagement and outreach processes that help to ensure the health, safety, and prosperity of all residents and all communities of Montgomery County. We encourage applicants to consider the same when applying for Montco 2040 grant funds. Starting with this round, application criteria include an increased focus and acknowledgement towards projects that address issues of social equity and inclusion.
As always, well-planned projects that address the goals of the Montco 2040 plan will be competitive in this program. 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. Please see the program guidebook for further details.
On June 4, 2020, the Montgomery County Commissioners awarded Montco 2040 Implementation Grants to 15 municipalities in the county. The 2020 grant awards totaled almost $2,250,000. The county received 27 applications, totaling $4 million in requests, from 28 municipalities during the 2020 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 2020: Walk Montco and Bike Montco – Trails, Paths, Sidewalk Connections and Bike Facilities; Downtown and Community Destination Support; or Adaptation and Resiliency.