Montgomery County has a new grant program that uses revenues from the $5 County Vehicle Registration Fee to expand the reach of transportation investment and achieve the goals of the county’s comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision. Approximately $1 million will be available each year to fund transportation projects throughout the county.
The 2021 application period is now closed. Grant announcements will be made later this year.
WHAT IS THE $5 COUNTY VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE?
Pennsylvania’s 2013 transportation funding law (Act 89) contains a provision that authorizes counties to add $5 to each annual vehicle registration to fund critical county infrastructure. The money can only be used for the maintenance and improvements of roads, bridges, and traffic signals. Montgomery County enacted this resolution in September 2016 and collects nearly $3 million each year to support the repair of county-owned roads and bridges, and fund the County Transportation Program.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Only municipalities may submit applications.
No more than one grant award may go to a single municipality in one program year.
2021 GRANT CYCLE
The 2021 grant cycle opens on April 1, 2021. This is an opportunity to look over the 2021 guidebook to view project focus categories, eligibility, and other information. The 2021 application period is open as of June 1; applications may be submitted until July 30 at 5:00 PM Eastern time.
2020 GRANT CYCLE
Six projects across the county received Montgomery County Transportation Program grants for the 2020 selection cycle. The grant awards total $925,485 across the six projects. Projects were evaluated in terms of the benefit and visibility to the overall public, county and local planning consistency, readiness, and funding support by a committee consisting of members of the Montgomery County Planning Commission Board and the Montgomery County Transportation Authority and interdepartmental county staff.