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Grants to Oregon Agencies and Community Organizations for Economic and Community Development

2040 Planning and Development Grants Program


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #188043

Grant Description

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Grants to Oregon local government agencies and community organizations in eligible regions to promote economic and community development. Funding is intended to support programs that create and develop new housing opportunities, upgrade and renew town centers, build employment areas, reduce barriers to all types of housing, and plan for growth in new neighborhoods. Eligible programs will support activities in the greater Portland area.

The 2040 Planning and Development Grant funds available in this cycle support planning and pre-development activities necessary to make land ready for development. Eligible planning projects include the activities required for the physical, economic and community development of a specific geographic area. Grants will be awarded in the concept planning category during cycle 10 with the following categories opening in early 2023: Equitable development, and Community engagement, and Industrial readiness planning.

Consultant costs and other direct project expenses are eligible for reimbursement with grant funds. Concept Planning grants can cover costs associated with technical planning and/or pre-development work by consultants. The city or county must fully fund staff resources for the project.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Concept Planning Grants Eligibility: Cities and counties that have urban reserves within their planning area are allowed to submit one concept planning application per grant cycle.

Funds from 2040 Planning and Development Grants cannot be used as support for general planning budgets, to cover certain costs of capital projects such as land acquisitions, development implementation or construction, or for the ongoing operation of organizations. Costs associated with planning or development activities which are contracted for or conducted prior to the execution of a grant agreement are not eligible for reimbursement with grant funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All potential applicants are invited to participate in an optional conference call with Metro staff on November 3, 2022 at 3:00 pm. Staff will provide a very brief overview of the grant application process, but the primary purpose of the call will be to answer questions from interested parties.

To participate in the call, please register by Thursday, November 3, by emailing and use the subject “Register for 2040 Grants Conference Call”. Staff will send out instructions for joining the call to all registered parties on Friday, October 28. Interested parties not able to participate in the call may also contact Laura Dawson Bodner directly via email.

Pre-Application Information:

- October 20: Application materials for Cycle 10 grants available.
- Nov. 3, 3:00 pm: Optional informational conference call for all interested parties.
- November 14 - 18: Applicants have the option to submit a draft application in ZoomGrants by November 10, then meet with Metro staff to obtain feedback on their proposal.
- November 29: Deadline to submit final application for Cycle 10 grants.
- December – January: Metro staff collaborate with applicants on project scoping and development of draft grant agreements, including requests for proposals for project consultants. Resolutions for grant finalists must be submitted.
- January 1: All scopes and draft agreements complete.
- Early January: Metro Council action to award Cycle 10 grants.
- January: March Execution of inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) between Metro and grantees; Grantee initiates procurement/selection of project consultant teams.

All applicants who wish to receive preliminary feedback on their application from Metro staff are invited to submit a draft application through ZoomGrants by close of business on November 10. Upon receipt of a draft, Metro staff will follow up to schedule a meeting between November 14-18 with the applicant to discuss the project and provide feedback on how to strengthen the grant application. Preapplication conferences will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and only after a draft is submitted. Early submittal of a draft application is strongly encouraged to ensure adequate lead time for scheduling and to maximize the applicant’s time to revise the proposal as needed prior to the November 29 submission deadline.

Funding will be remitted on a reimbursement basis.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Concept Planning: Grant requests up to $300,000 typical, unless council approves larger grant due to size or complexity of area to be planned.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Metro staff contacts:

Applications and general information:
Laura Dawson-Bodner

Concept Planning and Comprehensive Planning Grants:
Tim O’Brien

ZoomGrants Help Desk:

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