The Community Services Division offers grants to empower local and tribal governments to improve planning. The grants can pay to update comprehensive plans, modernize land use ordinances, or augment other planning activities. The general fund grant program, administered by the community services division, is funded by the Oregon legislature. Changes to the grant program can arise based on changes in state priorities, the economy, and other factors. In general, the funding follows the state's two-year budget cycle and is part of DLCD's agency budget.
General Fund Grant Program
DLCD's General Fund grants are used primarily for Oregon communities comprehensive planning and plan updates. The fund is divided into functional categories and made available for specific types of projects. The Grants Allocation Plan provides guidance to DLCD for the department's grant allocation decisions within the General Fund grant program. The plan is developed by the Grants Advisory Committee with assistance from DLCD staff. The plan is then approved by the Land Conservation and Development Commission at the beginning of each biennium. The general fund grants must be awarded and spent within the biennium in which the plan is approved.
Priorities listed in the Grants Allocation Plan guide grant awards. Take a look at the plan to see which grant application types are most likely to receive funding.
For additional assistance, please reach out to your designated regional representative. The rep can help you apply for the planning grants, and can also assist you in determining the types of projects that are eligible for funding.
Technical Assistance Grants
The Technical Assistance (TA) grants are competitive awards to local communities that fund projects to update a comprehensive plan, to update local land use ordinances, or other planning compliance projects. The grants must align with the priorities provided in the Grant Allocation Plan.
The following links provide information and application materials for a TA grant:
Applications for a 2019-2021 Technical Assistance grant are due to DLCD by October 1, 2019.
For assistance with preparing a grant application, or for questions about eligible projects, please contact your DLCD regional representative.