Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

2040 Planning and Development Grants Program

Grants to Oregon Agencies and Community Organizations in
Eligible Regions for Economic and Community Development

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 


Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:



Request a Grant Writer

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.

Planning and Development Grants support planning and pre-development activities that remove barriers to development, are necessary to make land ready for development, and help enable existing developed sites to be ready for redevelopment. Eligible planning projects include the activities required for the physical, economic and community development of a specific geographic area.

Grants will be awarded in three different investment categories:

  • New urban area planning: For concept planning of future development of new urban areas on land currently designated as Urban Reserves. Concept planning grants facilitate the future development of complete communities that comply with Title 11 of the Urban Growth Management Functional Plan. 
  • Equitable development: Projects will spur implementation of the communities envisioned by the 2040 growth concept while advancing specific equity-focused projects, programs or strategies that improve opportunities and quality of life for people of color and historically marginalized communities.
  • Community engagement:To help local governments expand access to opportunities, influence and decision-making in public planning processes throughout the region. These grants will help ensure that the diverse perspectives are represented in local and regional planning decisions by tapping the skills and experience of local organizations or individual community liaisons to help governments more effectively connect with historically marginalized communities. 

For additional information about grant types, purpose, and eligible expenses, see:

Staff time for community-based organizations, individuals serving as community liaisons, or other nonprofit partners consulting on grant projects may be reimbursed with grant funds. Concept Planning grants and Equitable Development grants may also cover costs associated with technical planning and/or pre-development work by consultants.

Additional information:

Concept Planning Grants:

Equitable Development Grants:

Community Engagement Grants:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188043

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Metro intends to award 1-2 Concept Planning grants annually; 2-4 Equitable Development grants annually; and 3-4 Community Engagement grants annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

New urban area planning: Up to $500,000 will be available each year. Grant requests up to $250,000 are typical, unless council approves larger grant due to size or complexity of area to be planned.

Equitable development: Approximately $1.25 million will be available each year. Grant requests between $250,000-750,000 will be considered.

Community engagement: Approximately $250,000 will be available each year. Grant requests between $50,000-$100,000 will be considered.

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.

Equitable Development Grants Eligibility: Project teams must include at least one city or county partner and at least one community partner. Community partners may be non-profit or private organizations or individual property owners. Other local governments, as defined in ORS 174.116, may also apply for grants, provided that they are partnered with a city or county government and at least one community partner. Most local governments may submit only one Equitable Development grant request per cycle; however, the City of Portland shall be allowed to submit up to three Equitable Development grant applications per cycle, and the cities of Hillsboro, Gresham, and Beaverton, and Washington and Clackamas Counties will each be allowed to submit up to two Equitable Development grant applications.

Community Engagement Grants Eligibility: Local city or county governments may apply in partnership with a community-based organization (CBO) or they may wait to select a partner until a grant has been awarded. If a CBO(s) and local government apply in partnership, at least one CBO must have significant program experience and demonstrated success serving historically marginalized communities and people of color.

Local governments may also apply without a designated community partner if they are seeking to hire a community liaison for a specific project. Community liaisons must be people of color or represent a historically marginalized community. They may have planning or development expertise or may bring other relevant life experience or perspective. Most local governments may submit only one Community Engagement grant request per grant cycle; however, the City of Portland will be allowed to submit up to three Community Engagement grant applications per cycle, and the cities of Hillsboro,

Pre-proposal Conference:

All potential applicants are invited to participate in an optional conference call with Metro staff on February 10 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, February 6, by emailing the address in Contact Information 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, February 7. Interested parties not able to participate in the call may also contact Lisa Miles or Tim O’Brien.

Pre-Application Information:

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency there is a revised timeline for the 2020 application cycle. The new date for draft applications is April 2. Final applications will be due April 30. Interviews with short-listed applicants are tentatively scheduled for June 2 - 4, with an exact date to be confirmed.

Applicants have the option to submit a draft application in ZoomGrants and meet with Metro staff to obtain feedback on their proposal, between February 10 and March 13, 2020. Upon receipt of a draft, Metro staff will follow up to schedule a meeting with the applicant to discuss the project and provide feedback on how to strengthen the grant application. Pre-application 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 April 2 submission deadline.

- Jan. 25: Application materials for Cycle 8 grants available.
- Feb. 10, 3:00 pm Optional informational conference call for all interested parties.
- Feb. 10 - March 13: Applicants have the option to submit a draft application in ZoomGrants and meet with Metro staff to obtain feedback on their proposal.
- April 2: Deadline to submit final application for Cycle 8 grants.
- April 20: Notification of short-listed applicants to be invited for interviews.
- April 27: Interviews with Grant Screening Committee 1:00 – 6:30 pm.
All teams applying for equitable development grants or community
engagement grants should reserve this date!
- May 21: Metro notifies selected finalists.
- May – July: Metro staff collaborate with finalists on project scoping and development of draft grant agreements, including requests for proposals for project consultants.
- July 10: All scopes and draft agreements complete.
- July 30: Metro Council action to award Cycle 8 grants.
- Aug. – Sept.: Execution of inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) between Metro and grantees; initiate procurement/selection of project consultant teams.
- Sept. 1, 2020: Tentative date for grant application Cycle 9 to begin.
- Nov. 15, 2020: Tentative deadline for Cycle 9 applications.
- Feb. 2021: Selection of Cycle 9 finalists
- April 2021: Anticipated timing of Cycle 9 grant awards

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

RSVP for Conference Call:

Metro staff contacts:

Applications and general information:
Ash Elverfeld

Equitable Development and Community Engagement Grants:
Lisa Miles

Concept Planning and Comprehensive Planning Grants:
Tim O’Brien

ZoonGrants Help Desk:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Greater Portland area

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA State Agencies to Develop Volunteer Programs in Local Communities

Deadline 06/23/21

Grants to USA state agencies to develop and support volunteer programs in local communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that support, manage, and engage volunteers. Priori

GrantWatch ID#: 123648

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Tribes to Reduce Violent C...

Deadline 06/22/21

Grants to USA government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and tribal governments for activities to reduce violent crime in local neighborhoods. Interested applicants are advised that required registra

GrantWatch ID#: 123715

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies for Neighborhood Improvements in Eligible Locations

Deadline 09/17/21 Conference Date: 08/05/21

Grants of up to $50,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and government agencies for activities to improve neighborhoods in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support programs and projects that enhance the appearance and environmental quality of communities, pr

GrantWatch ID#: 123969

Grants to Researchers Affiliated with USA Qualified Institutions to Improve Clinical Researc...

Deadline 08/27/21 LOI Date: 07/09/21

Grants of up to $50,000 to researchers affiliated with USA qualified institutions to advance research in the field of pediatric oncology. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase the institution's

GrantWatch ID#: 125838

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit Charitable Organizations to Impact Public Policy in a Var...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga

GrantWatch ID#: 125864

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Independent Filmmakers for Feature-Length Films

Deadline 07/26/21

Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length film projects. Funding is intended to support projects at any production phase from development through post-production. Priority will be give

GrantWatch ID#: 127055

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 10/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA Individuals and Non-Federal Agencies for Conservation Initiatives in Agricultu...

Deadline 07/19/21

Grants to USA and territories individuals and non-federal agencies to promote the adoption and development of innovative approaches to conservation in agriculture. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Priority funding ar

GrantWatch ID#: 129980