Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA)

Focus on innovative, replicable projects

The Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) funds innovative (re)development projects that efficiently link housing, jobs, services and transit in an effort to create inspiring and lasting Livable Communities.

What makes a Livable Community?

This is where you come in. We can’t tell you how to innovate and inspire; we can’t tell you what brings your community to life. Of the 243 LCDA grants (totaling more than $130 million) that funded projects in 67 cities, no two have been identical. Successful LCDA projects:

  • Connect housing, jobs, civic sites, retail centers and local/regional transportation systems.

  • Demonstrate a variety of housing densities, types and costs, creative placemaking, environmentally sensitive development, and compact land use.

  • Catalyze additional development that efficiently uses land and infrastructure, and supports vibrant, diverse communities.

2020 LCDA funding schedule 

LCDA Pre-Development

  • May 1, 3:00 p.m. - Spring Round applications due
  • June - Council awards Spring Round Pre-development grants
  • November 2, 3:00 p.m.- Fall Round applications due
  • December - Council awards Fall Round Pre-Development grants

LCDA Development

  • July 31, 3:00 p.m. - Full applications due
  • August-September - Council staff conducts Step 1 review
  • September-October - Livable Communities Advisory Committee conducts Step 2 Review
  • November - Met Council awards LCDA Development grants

Application guides & forms

Apply for grants

Apply online via Webgrants

Design workshops

The Council sponsors optional design workshops in which a panel of design professionals offer input on projects before a full application is submitted.

Contact us

Email is the best contact as staff are currently working from home

LCDA Program Officer: Hannah Gary (651-602-1633) or