2021 Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Demonstration Account

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

The City of Minneapolis is soliciting pre-applications for the following programs sponsored by the Metropolitan Council in 2021:

LCDA & TOD Pre-development Grants

The City of Minneapolis will accept pre-applications for pre-development grants from applicants with properties damaged by the civil unrest that occurred in 2020. Priority will be given to projects along the Lake Street and West Broadway corridors, but projects will be considered throughout the City with damage that warrants significant site reinvestment. Pre-applicant 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.

The City’s pre-application process closed on April 30, 2021 for the July 2021 grant round.

Schedule

Pre-applications due: April 30, 2021
Recommendation to BIHZ Committee: June 8, 2021
City Council decision: June 18, 2021
Draft application deadline: July 14, 2021
Final application deadline: July 21,2021

Helpful program links

LCDA & TOD Development Grants (available now)

The City of Minneapolis will start accepting pre-applications for LCDA and TOD development grants beginning on May 1, 2021. Pre-applications should be submitted using the online pre-application no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. If unable to complete an online form, accommodations can be made to allow an alternative format. The $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 development grants.
  • LCDA and LCDA-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; the Agency receives more requests for funding than funding available.
  • 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 1st quarter of 2022.
  • Grant funds will not be available to the developer until the City accepts the grants from the Met Council and a pass-through contract between the City and the developer is completed.
  • In most cases, grant funds will not be available until the project is fully funded and ready to begin construction.
  • 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% of total grant funds awarded, capped at $20,000
    • Commercial Projects: 7% of total grant funds awarded
    • Commercial Projects in Great Streets in “intervene” areas: 3% of total grant funds awarded.
  • 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.

Schedule

Pre-applications released: May 1, 2021
Pre-applications due: May 27, 2021
Recommendation to BIHZ Committee: July 13, 2021
City Council decision: July 23, 2021
TOD draft application: August, 2021
TOD application submission: September 7,2021
LCDA draft application: September 13, 2021
LCDA application submission: September 27, 2021

Helpful program links

 

Contact us

Jamie Radel

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-5263

Address

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

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)

Phone

612-673-5095

Address

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