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Vision Partnership Program (VPP) Grants

Grants to Chester County, Pennsylvania Municipalities for
Local Planning, Sustainability, and Economic Development

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Chester County Board of Commissioners, Chester County Planning Commission (CCPC)

Conf. Date:

09/10/19

Deadline Date:

10/25/19 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Chester County, Pennsylvania municipalities to improve local planning programs in order to meet county-level planning goals. Attendance is required at a pre-submittal meeting. This program supports municipal plan revisions, municipal planning, and innovative growth management.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139184

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding levels by type of project:
- Plans or Ordinances: $50,000 plus $10,000 for each additional municipality
- Planning Studies: $30,000 plus $5,000 for each additional municipality

Term of Contract:

A schedule depicting the completion of each major task, deliverables, and other key project components is required and shall include the adoption or acceptance process. The proposed schedule shall be accommodated within the minimum contract timeframes, which shall be as follows:

Plans:
- Municipal Comprehensive Plan Update Twenty-four (24) months
- Multi-municipal Comprehensive Plan Thirty-six (36) months

Ordinances:
- Full Ordinance Update Twenty-four (24) months
- Ordinance Amendments Twelve (12) to Twenty-four (24) months
- Official Map Twelve (12) months
- Planning Studies/Guides Twelve (12) to Eighteen (18) months
- Multi-municipal Planning Studies Eighteen (18 ) to Twenty-four (24) months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- The VPP cash grant program is open to all Chester County municipalities. Eligible applicants include a single municipality or a multi-municipal group, which may consist of two (2) or more contiguous municipalities or two (2) or more municipalities when located in the same school district. The application shall be submitted by a lead municipality in the case of a multi-municipal group application.
- Only one (1) VPP funded project shall be underway at a time by an individual municipality to ensure proper grant administration and promote successful completion of the project. If approved by the County Planning Commission, a municipality may be permitted to have an individual project underway while participating in a multi-municipal project.
- Municipalities involved in a multi-municipal comprehensive plan shall not be eligible for VPP funding to undertake a full comprehensive plan update at the same time as the contract term of the multi-municipal plan. Partial updates to a specific comprehensive plan section, such as the historic resources plan, may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Ineligible Projects:
Funding through VPP is not intended for land acquisition, equipment, projects undertaken by municipal staff, or capital expenses. The following list provides additional examples of projects that are not eligible:
- Plans, ordinances, and studies that are inconsistent with the goals, objectives, recommendations, or map of Landscapes3
- Act 537 Sewage Facilities plans and updates
- Park master plans (state funding is available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)
- Capital improvement plans
- Road maintenance plans
- Building codes and similar products
- Building feasibility studies/designs
- Geographic Information System hardware or software
- Those portions of otherwise eligible projects commenced prior to a VPP cash grant contract
- Projects that have received funding under another Chester County grant program (projects eligible for more than one County grant program will be directed to the most appropriate program).

For ineligible costs please see: https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/49840/VPP-Cash-Grant-Manual-May-2019#page=9.

Pre-proposal Conference:

For 2019, the Vision Partnership Program is requiring municipal attendance at a mandatory pre-submittal meeting for those municipalities that anticipate submitting a cash grant application.

(Two meetings were held in May to address this requirement for the first grant cycle. If a municipal representative (elected or appointed official, manager, secretary, or other designated staff) attended those meetings and would like to apply in the second grant round, their requirement is met for 2019. If a municipality did not attend in May, they must attend a second round meeting.)

Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester PA 19380
August 28, 2019, 1 pm
September 10, 2019, 10 am

Please note that requests for individual meetings will still be accommodated, but such meetings shall not count in place of attendance at the August 28 or September 10 meeting. Requests for individual meetings must be received prior to October 16.

Pre-Application Information:

Only one (1) project per municipality may be submitted per grant round. In addition to the requirements noted in Section 6.1, a multi-municipal group applicant shall designate a single municipality as the lead municipality and file only one (1) application. The lead municipality shall be responsible for the administration of the contract, and all communications and transactions shall be directed through the lead municipality.

Only one (1) VPP funded project shall be underway at a time by an individual municipality to ensure proper grant administration and promote successful completion of the project. If approved by the County Planning Commission, a municipality may be permitted to have an individual project underway while participating in a multi-municipal project.

Matching funds are required. For more information see: https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/49840/VPP-Cash-Grant-Manual-May-2019#page=8.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application: https://www.chesco.org/FormCenter/Planning-44/Vision-Partnership-Program-2019-204

Susan Elks, Community Planning Director and VPP Grant Administrator
selks@chesco.org
610-344-6285

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Chester County