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Vision Partnership Program (VPP) Cash Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Municipalities in Eligible
Locations to Improve Local Planning Programs

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

02/19/21 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania municipalities in eligible locations for activities that improve preparation of local government plans. Funding is intended to support updates to ordinances, revisions to plans, and studies that enable applicants to implement goals and achieve high impact benefits through innovative municipal and multi-municipal planning. Chester County municipalities and multi-municipal groups are eligible to apply.

The purpose of VPP is to advance consistency with and implementation of the county comprehensive plan while accomplishing impactful, lasting, and positive benefits for municipalities through innovative municipal planning; multi-municipal planning; and new and revised municipal plans, ordinances, and planning studies that address opportunities and issues of community concern.

General project types that may be eligible include plans, ordinances, ordinance amendments, and planning studies that advance one or more of the Landscapes3 goals and objectives, and implement one or more of the Landscapes3 recommendations at the municipal or multi-municipal level. 

For project eligibility, see https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/61646/2021-VPP-Cash-Grant-Manual-Complete#page=4.

For eligible costs, see https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/61646/2021-VPP-Cash-Grant-Manual-Complete#page=8.

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: 24 months
- Multi-municipal Comprehensive Plan: 36 months

Ordinances:
- Full Ordinance Update: 24 months
- Ordinance Amendments: 12-24 months
- Official Map: 12 months
- Planning Studies/Guides: 12-18 months
- Multi-Municipal Planning Studies: 18-24 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. 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.

For ineligible projects, see https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/61646/2021-VPP-Cash-Grant-Manual-Complete#page=5.

For ineligible costs, see https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/61646/2021-VPP-Cash-Grant-Manual-Complete#page=9.

Pre-Application Information:

Cash Grant — 2021 First Round:
- January 6, 2021: Grant round opens
- February 8, 2021: Deadline for requests of individual pre-application meetings
- February 19, 2021, 4 pm: Deadline

Municipalities are strongly encouraged to contact the VPP Grant Administrator and schedule an individual pre-application meeting to discuss their application. Such meetings are required to be requested prior to February 8, 2021.

There are two VPP cash grant application rounds per year, funding permitting. The next round of VPP funding is anticipated to open in late summer with a September application deadline.

Only one (1) project per municipality may be submitted per grant round.

Matching Funds: The minimum required municipal match shall be thirty (30) percent for single or multi-municipal group projects.

Reimbursement for the portion of the project funded by the VPP grant occurs after the project has been adopted or accepted, as applicable, and a reimbursement application with required documentation has been submitted.

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-2021-Round-1-220

For requests for pre-application meetings and other questions about the grant program, contact:
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

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