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Other Grants and Incentives

The grants and services listed below on this page are provided by other state and national programs, not TGM. They are included on the TGM web site to make it easier for local governments to supplement or complement TGM grants with other funding sources that may also help communities to expand transportation choices for Oregonians.

Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transportaton Enhancement Grants from ODOT
With the recent approval by the Oregon Transportation Commission of a combined selection process for bicycle/pedestrian and transportation enhancement projects, ODOT will open the application process for $20 million on May 1, 2012. Projects chosen will receive stated-funded grants from the ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (OBPAC) and federal funds from the Transportation Enhancement (TE Program. The two programs are now part of ODOT's Active Transportation Section. For more information, click here or call 503.986.3528.
 
Energy Tax Credits
The Oregon Department of Energy offers tax credits and other incentives to those who invest in energy conservation, recycling, renewable energy resources and energy-efficient transportation projects. Transportation projects that reduce fuel consumption may also qualify.  Energy-efficient schools may also qualify for grants.
 
Main Street Program
Oregon Main Street is a statewide commercial district revitalization program jointly housed with Business Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  This program, in partnership with the National Trust Main Street Center, was created to assist communities in achieving viable commercial districts. In the 1970s, the National Trust for Historic Preservation developed its pioneering Main Street four point approach to commercial district revitalization.
 
The underlying premise of Main Street is to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation in ways appropriate to today's marketplace. This approach advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment and the rebuilding of traditional districts based on their unique assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local owernship and a sense of community.
 
DLCD Planning Grants
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development provides grants and technical assistance to local governments to help them update comprehensive plans, land-use ordinances, and other planning regulations.   

Planning grants are awarded to jurisdictions working within a structured periodic review process.  Technical Assistance grants can go to jurisdictions with planning projects that fall outside the structured plan update process.
 
Preservation Incentives
Many older and historic communities in Oregon were designed and laid out in ways that encourage walking, biking, and use of transit.  Pedestrian-friendly streets, compact development, and other features now being promoted through New Urbanism can often be found in the Old Urbanism.  For these and other reasons, there is growing interest among developers, local governments, and others in financial incentives available to preserve and enhance "transportation efficient" communities that have existed for decades.   
 
Federal tax credits are available to help developers rehabilitate older buildings in existing communities.  Under the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, developers and property owners may claim:
  • a 20% tax credit on expenses incurred in the rehabilitation of certified historic structures or buildings located in a district listed in the National Register of Historic Places; or
  • a 10% tax credit on expenses incurred in the rehabilitation of non-historic buildings built before 1936. 
 
These credits are available only for substantial rehabilitation projects.  Thus rehab expenses must exceed $5,000 or the adjusted basis of the building.  In addition, the buildings must be depreciable.  That is, they must be used in a trade or business for the production of income.  They may be used for offices, stores, industry, agriculture or rental housing, but they may not serve exclusively as the owner's home. 
 
The State of Oregon's Special Assessments for Historic Properties offer 10-year property tax abatements under certain circumstances as an incentive to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties.
 
For more information about these incentives, contact the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, which administers this program as well as a tax abatement program available for historic properities.
 
Safe Routes to School
Under the Oregon Safe Routes to School Program, grants can be used to identify and reduce barriers and hazards to children walking or biking to school.  For more information, click on the link above or contact Julie Yip, program manager, at 503.986.4196 or julie.a.yip@odot.state.or.us.
 
Community Design for Governors
The Governors' Institute on Community Design  works with governors and top staff members around the country to address state goals relating to community design and land use.  Workshops can bring together a state governor and his/her cabinet to meet with nationally renowed experts and practitioners in design, planning, transportation, and land use.  The Institute is a collaboration of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, and the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency/Smart Growth Network.  For more information, call 202.207.3354, ext. 24 or e-mail info@govinstitute.org