Livable Communities Grants

Investing in community vitality

The 1995 Livable Communities Act (LCA) funds community investment that revitalizes economies, creates affordable housing, and links different land uses and transportation.  LCA’s voluntary, incentive-based approach leverages partnerships and shared resources to help communities achieve their regional and local goals. Read the Livable Communities Fact Sheet

2015 Notice of Funding Availability

The 2015 notice of funding availability is available here. 
  • Spring round TBRA Cleanup, Site Investigation, and Pilot program applications are  due May 1st by 5:00 PM. 
  • Project Concept Plans, a required pre-application step for LCDA Development, LCDA-TOD Development, and TBRA-TOD Cleanup, are due on May 1st by 5:00 PM. Full applications are due July 1st by 5:00 PM.
  • TOD Pre-Development and TOD Zoning applications are due June 1st by 5:00 PM.

The Council awards grants to communities through four categories

Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA)

Cleans up contaminated sites for redevelopment that creates jobs and/or produces affordable housing. 

Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA)

Supports development and redevelopment that links housing, jobs, and services and demonstrates efficient and cost-effective use of land and infrastructure. 

Local Housing Incentives Account (LHIA)

Produces and preserves affordable housing choices for low to moderate incomes. 

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

Catalyzes development around light rail, commuter rail, and high frequency bus stations. 

Eligible applicants

It is important to understand who is - and who is not - eligible to apply for or receive Livable Communities grants. The following entities are eligible to apply:
  • statutory or home rule charter cities or towns that are participating in the Local Housing Incentives Account/Program;
  • metropolitan counties and development authorities (e.g., Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Economic Development Authority or Port Authority). 

Developers cannot apply and cannot be grantees. However, developers are encouraged to partner with eligible applicants to submit applications.
Upcoming Events
  • Housing Policy Plan Amendment Public Hearing is May 4, 2015

    The Council will hold a public hearing May 4 during its Community Development Committee meeting to receive comments on a proposed amendment to the 2040 Housing Policy Plan.  The amendment would add the methodology for calculating the 2021-2030 Allocation of Affordable Housing Need and annual Housing Performance Scores, as well as the review criteria for the housing element of Comprehensive Plan updates.

    Date: 5/4/2015
    Time: 4:00 PM
    Metropolitan Council, Chambers
    390 Robert Street North
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

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  • Cedar Grove Transit Station Redesign Open House is May 14

    Learn about changes to enhance the station and travel time on the Metro Red LIne. 

    Date: 5/14/2015
    Time: 3:30 PM
    Location: Cedar Grove Transit Station,
    Nicols Road at Cedar Grove Parkway, Eagan

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