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. Grants are available to fund basic public infrastructure and site assembly.

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 & costs, creative placemaking, environmentally sensitive development, and compact land use.

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

Previously funded project elements include street improvements, plazas, parks, demolition, design, development plans, implementation techniques, market studies, storm water management, zoning, land acquisition, master plans, utility relocation, site assembly and reconstruction. LCDA grant applications undergo a two-step review process by internal Council staff and the Livable Communities Advisory Committee.

2017 LCDA Funding Schedule

  • May 4 - Project Concept Plans due
  • June 29 - Full Applications due
  • November/December - Funding Awarded 

Apply for Grants

Apply ONLINE via Webgrants
(Please note: LCDA Development applicants are required to submit a Project Concept Plan prior to submitting an application via Webgrants.)

Application Guides & Forms

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. After submittal, each application undergoes a two-step review process.

More Information

LCDA Program Officer:  Jonathan Stanley (651-602-1633) or