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2040 Planning and Development Grants Program

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

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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.

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:

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GrantWatch ID#: 188043

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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:

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