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
  • Industrial Pretreatment Incentive Program public hearing is November 18

    Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) will conduct a public hearing to provide information and receive public comment on a proposed program that will provide a partnership and incentive to help high-strength wastewater producers develop pretreatment facilities (e.g. anaerobic digestion) on their industrial sites.

    Date: 11/18/2014
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council Chambers
    390 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN

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  • Partnership for Regional Opportunity Meeting is November 19

    The Partnership for Regional Opportunity is a region-wide cross-sector collaboration that is a year-long continuation of the Corridors of Opportunity initiative.  The Partnership will meet 6 times in 2014.  The sixth meeting is Wednesday, November 19.  Meeting details can be found at the Partnership for Regional Opportunity website.

    Date: 11/19/2014
    Time: 12:30 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council
    Chambers
    390 North Robert Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

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