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 and the 2013 Annual Report to the State Legislature

2014 Notice of Funding Availability

See details about 2014 funding for all grant accounts (2 pages pdf).
  • Spring round TBRA Cleanup and Site Investigation applications were due May 1st. Fall round applications will be due November 1st. 
  • Project Concept Plans, a required pre-application step for LCDA Development, LCDA-TOD Development, and TBRA-TOD Cleanup, were due on May 1st. Full applications are due June 30th.
  • TOD Pre-Development, TOD Zoning, and TBRA-TOD Site Investigation applications were due June 2nd. 

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 Metropolitan Livable Communities Housing Incentives 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
  • Community Development Brown Bag Lunch August 1

    Join Council Members and Community Development Division staff for an informal lunch gathering to discuss a variety of community development topics.  This monthly brown bag lunch is the first Friday of the month from 12-1pm, and it is open to the public.

    Date: 8/1/2014
    Time: 12:00 PM
    Location: Mears Park, St. Paul
    Meet at N Sibley and Sixth streets

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  • Information Session on Brownfield Resources, August 28

    Learn more about local public financing programs that assist with the cost of cleaning up and redeveloping contaminated sites.

    Date: 8/28/2014
    Time: 10:30 AM
    Location: Maplewood Library
    Community Program Room
    3025 Southlawn Drive
    Maplewood MN 55109

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