Livable Communities

The City will be accepting pre-applications for both pre-development and development grants for both programs.

LCA Pre-development grants

Please note: The City has already identified applications for the April 2022 funding round.

The City of Minneapolis will accept pre-applications for pre-development grants from external applicants with properties requiring redevelopment caused by the 2020 civil unrest (e.g. the building either required or requires demolition from damage sustained during the civil unrest). Pre-applicants will be required to demonstrate site control or have documented permission from the property owner to be considered. Please note, these funds are for project planning and cannot be used for physical redevelopment, such as demolition, site preparation, or infrastructure improvements. See the Development Grant opportunities below for those types of uses.

Information on the LCA Pre-development Grant Program can be found on the Metropolitan Council’s webpage. Selected projects can receive up to $150,000 for eligible project costs. 

Completed the online pre-application form were due by Friday, April 29, 2022. If unable to complete an online form, accommodations can be made to allow an alternative format.


Pre-applications due: April 29, 2022 (online form)
Recommendation to BIHZ Committee: June 6, 2022
City Council decision: June 16, 2022
Draft application deadline: July 11, 2022
Final application deadline: July 18, 2022

LCDA and TOD development grants

The City of Minneapolis will start accepting pre-applications for LCDA and TOD development grants beginning on March 28, 2022.

A $750 application fee is due to the CPED offices by the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. We reserve the right to accept or reject all funding requests and rescind the request for proposals.

Staff will evaluate proposals through an established selection process, which includes factors around project readiness and conformance with City plans as well as program requirements. A recommendation will be made to the Minneapolis City Council on up to three applications for each program to submit to the Metropolitan Council (only three applications per program may be submitted per city).

Considerations before submitting a pre-application:

  • The City requires a $750 pre-application fee for LCDA and TOD Development grants.
  • LCDA and TOD development grants are extremely competitive.
    • Not all project submitting pre-applications will be allowed to submit applications to the Metropolitan Council.
    • Metropolitan Council funding is typically oversubscribed; they receive more requests for funding than funding available.
  • Selection preference will be given to projects with committed City funding.
  • Based on pre-applications received, CPED staff will determine to which funding program applications will be submitted.
  • While the project developer prepares the applications, these are City applications to Metropolitan Council; the City reserves the right to make changes to applications up to the time they are submitted by the City to the Metropolitan Council.
  • There is a two-step application process, which includes submission of an application to be reviewed by Metropolitan Council staff. Based on staff scoring, applicants may be interviewed by the Livable Communities Advisory Committee (LCAC), which will also score the project. The LCAC will recommend funding to the Metropolitan Council based on the combined score.
  • Grant funds will not be awarded by Metropolitan Council until the 4th quarter of 2022.
  • Grant funds will not be available to the developer until the City accepts the grants from the Met Council and executes a Grant Agreement, at which time a pass-through contract between the City and the developer can be executed.
  • Unless grant funds are awarded for site acquisition, grant funds will not be available until the project is fully funded and ready to begin construction. Grant funds can be used to reimburse the developer for costs incurred and billed.
  • A City grant award administration fee will be collected at the time of execution of the subrecipient agreement between the City and the developer. No City or Metropolitan Council funds may be used to pay this fee. 
    • Affordable Housing Projects: 3% per grant award, capped at $20,000 per award (grant administration fee due at closing)
    • Commercial Projects: 7% per grant award
    • Commercial Projects located in Great Streets in “intervene” areas by the Great Streets Business District Program: 3% per grant award.
  • The City will require compliance with City policies, including:

Application materials

To be eligible for consideration, an online pre-application must be submitted.

The following list of documents are required for a complete City pre-application submittal. Please use the forms linked below.

1.  Online application

Required attachments include:

Attachments will be uploaded at the end of the online pre-application form.

2.  $750 nonrefundable, pre-application fee. The check should be made payable to the City of Minneapolis. This fee cannot be paid with either City of Minneapolis or Metropolitan Council funds.

Send check to Jamie Radel

3.  City staff may request additional information, once your application is under review. Requests will come through an application called Smartsheet.


Pre-applications released: March 28, 2022
Pre-applications due: April 29, 2022
Recommendation to BIHZ Committee: June 21, 2022
City Council decision: June 30, 2022
LCDA/TOD draft application: August 5, 2022
LCDA/TOD application submission: August 15, 2022

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Jamie Radel

Community Planning & Economic Development




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)


Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415