Funding Priorities

COUNTY FUNDING PRIORITIES

Based on community feedback, Federal guidance, and local data on the impacts of the pandemic, the County is prioritizing projects for funding that: 

  • Address community priorities of affordable housing, mental health/behavioral healthcare services, childcare, public health emergency response, or digital access.
  • Specifically target and are led by historically underserved communities or communities impacted by the pandemic who live or work in Montgomery County, PA.
  • Can clearly describe how the intended work of the project provides a direct response to the impacts of the pandemic or to issues made more severe by the pandemic; and 
  • Have the potential for long-term, transformative impact.

Key definitions: 

  1. Community priorities:
    • Affordable housing: Projects that address issues related to access to or quality of housing that is safe and affordable for a variety of income levels.
    • Mental/behavioral health: Projects that address issues related to access to or quality of mental health or behavioral health services or treatment.
    • Childcare: Projects that address issues related to access to or quality of childcare services.
    • Emergency response: Projects that address the capability of the county, its municipalities, and its first responders to respond to, or mitigate the impact of, any type of public emergency.
    • Digital access: Projects that address access to or quality of technology available, inclusive of technology infrastructure (broadband), user capacity/skills, and equipment.
  2. Underserved communities: Communities or geographic groups that have been systemically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civil life. This includes populations or communities that have experienced long-standing disparities that were amplified by the pandemic, or who face continued barriers to a full and equitable recovery. It also includes historically marginalized communities who have been adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. 
  3. Impacted communities: Communities or demographic groups that have been impacted by the pandemic. Generally, this includes low-income households, households residing in a Qualified Census Tract, households that qualify for government benefit programs (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Free and Reduced Price School Lunch/Breakfast Program, etc.), and Title I schools for projects addressing educational disparities.
  4. Projects led by these communities: Projects that have been submitted by, are organized by, include in leadership positions or other positions of decision-making authority, or otherwise provide opportunities for regular and meaningful participation by members of the targeted community.
  5. Potential for long-term, transformative impact: Projects that address root causes or systemic barriers to achieving economic opportunity or overall well-being, with impact occurring at a neighborhood, community, or broader level. This may include changing discriminatory or inequitable policies or practices, regulations, or cultural norms; or addressing historic lack of investment in communities, lack of access to services or goods, or other historic means of exclusion from community benefits or full participation in civic life. These projects typically will go beyond providing direct assistance to individuals or families and will instead focus on challenges at a neighborhood, community, or broader level (such as school district-wide or county-wide) by changing longstanding polices, practices, norms, regulations, or structures that prohibit underserved or impacted communities from full participation in economic opportunity or in achieving overall well-being. 

For example, a project that leads to the creation of new municipal regulations on lead-based paint standards in rental housing would provide long-term, transformative change for disproportionately impacted communities in the entire municipality, as opposed to the relatively more limited benefit of a project that would provide individuals of a disproportionately impacted community with assistance for lead paint remediation in their own rental home.

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