Application Guidelines

Approved by the Prince George’s County Planning Board of January 31, 2019

Overview

The Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities (PAMC) program is offered by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Prince George's County Planning Department, Community Planning Division, Neighborhood Revitalization Section. Its purpose is to provide technical planning services at no cost to the community using Prince George’s County Planning Department expertise, and/or fund projects conducted by paid consultants. PAMC projects benefit municipalities and communities that have may have limited planning resources but are committed to revitalization and enhancement of the appearance and function of their communities. The number of projects approved each year will vary based on staff availability and the PAMC budget.

Goal

The goal of the PAMC program is to further the implementation of planning policies, strategies and recommendations of the County’s approved plans. 

Funding

Program funds are made available in the Prince George’s County Planning Department’s annual budget. The funding cycle corresponds to the Prince George’s County fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). The maximum amount of funding per project is $50,000, however, an award in excess of $50,000 may be considered if the applicant presents convincing, well-justified reasons for an increased award. While there is no rigid maximum amount, funding is limited, and the program aims to support as many worthy projects as possible.

Eligible Applicants

Municipalities and community organizations in Prince George’s County, Maryland are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for one PAMC project per funding cycle. 

Ineligible Applicants

• M-NCPPC
• County, state or federal government or their agencies or organizations
• For-profit organizations or corporations
• The incorporated City of Laurel

Eligible Projects

A successful application demonstrates that the project will make a significant contribution to meeting the stated goals of the PAMC program, the applicable approved plans, and have a broad impact on the community.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with the PAMC planners prior to applying. 

Examples of eligible projects include:
  • Architectural Pattern Books for rehabilitation and new construction
  • Brochures to highlight or market community assets
  • Business Improvement District (BID) preparation
  • Community outreach and capacity building
  • Connectivity and walkability assessments
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) training workshops
  • Design and engineering of sidewalk improvements
  • Design of brochures or logos for municipalities
  • Economic feasibility studies for the reuse of underutilized or vacant properties
  • Economic feasibility studies for historic building reuse
  • Environmental sustainability programs
  • Façade improvement programs
  • Design concepts for commercial business districts
  • Facilitation of community workshops
  • Gateway or entrance feature concepts
  • Heritage trail design plans
  • Historic properties inventories
  • Housing research (e.g. housing inventory, affordability analysis)
  • Facilitation of community workshops
  • Gateway or entrance feature concepts
  • Heritage trail design plans
  • Historic properties inventories
  • Housing research (e.g. housing inventory, affordability analysis)
  • Illustrative concept plans for the revitalization of commercial areas
  • Landscape design plans
  • Mapping or geographic information systems (GIS) services and data analyses
  • Market studies
  • Multimodal transportation studies
  • National Register of Historic Places nominations
  • Preparation of surveys or questionnaires and analysis and presentation of results
  • Publications or multimedia presentations related to design or planning
  • Sponsoring a workshop related to planning issues
  • Streetscape improvement plans
  • Tactical urbanism strategies
  • Technical writing assistance for the preparation of grants and/or contracts
  • Visioning or consensus-building workshops
  • Wayfinding signage plans
  • Web applications related to planning or communities

Ineligible Applicants

Capital projects (physical development, bricks and mortar projects).

Application Procedures, Submittal Deadlines, Project Management

The PAMC program has bi-annual application submittal deadlines of:

Spring Deadline: March 31
Fall Deadline: October 31

Before submitting a PAMC application, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the PAMC program manager to express their interest. PAMC staff will help to assess whether the prospective project is within the PAMC guidelines, and therefore eligible, and how the project may be structured. 

Completed PAMC application packets must be sent to M-NCPPC Neighborhood Revitalization Section, PAMC Program Manager, via email attachment to: PAMC@ppd.mncppc.org. To facilitate a thorough review of each project, supporting materials (map, resolution from elected municipal officials or letters of support, if applicable) must accompany the submittal. Applications lacking any of the required materials, or materials submitted after the deadline, may not be considered.

Once submitted, applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness by the Program Manager. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the PAMC Program Manager about any aspect of the application that requires clarification. The Program Manager, and members of the PAMC Applications Review Committee may make site visits or interview the applicant during the application review period. 

Evaluation Criteria and Review Process

The PAMC Application Review Committee reviews applications against the program goals and the project’s own goals and anticipated products. Highest priority in the evaluation of applications will be given to projects that generally incorporate and embrace the following:

         • Implementation of planning goals, objectives, policies, and recommendations in official, approved county plans
         • Innovative or transformative solutions to critical community planning issues
         • Collaboration across organizations and/or stakeholders to increase impact and effectiveness
         • Projects that plan for long-term sustainability (when applicable)


The Committee may consider the following specific criteria in evaluating applications:

         • The clarity of the project description, including realistic project goals and projected work products
         • The degree to which the project contributes to planning objectives
         • The degree to which the project will result in the enhancement of community resources
         • The degree to which the project demonstrates County-community cooperation in planning initiatives
         • The degree to which the project could stimulate or prompt other planning or educational projects or programs throughout the
         county and/or community
         • Community support for the project

Priority may be given to projects located within a Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) area, Priority Funding Area (PFA), Plan 2035 Neighborhood Reinvestment Area, a Plan 2035 Employment Area, and projects located in areas that have not been the recent location of a PAMC project.

Based on the funding availability and the mix of projects, staff will prepare a recommendation of approvable projects. The committee then transmits their recommendations to either the Planning Director (for in-house staffing) or the Planning Board (to allocate funds for consultant services). Staff time is assigned to PAMC projects at the discretion of the Planning Director and is based on the project timeframe and staff availability. Projects can combine in-house staffing and Planning Board-approved funding. Applicants are notified of the decision to approve the PAMC project within two weeks of the Planning Board or the Planning Director’s decision.

Staff will continue to work with applicants whose projects are not recommended for funding, refining their projects and applications, the goal being a successful application submitted in a future funding cycle. 

Successful applicants do not directly receive or manage PAMC funds for consultant services. Approved projects shall be managed by M-NCPPC PAMC program planners, who shall prepare a Scope of Services for the approved project (in collaboration with the applicant); review bids and select the on-call consultant; execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the selected consultant; and manage the project, including the disbursement of contract funds for consultant payment.


The PAMC Application Review Process

Chart of the Application Review Process