2014 Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Demonstration Account and Livable Communities Demonstration Account TOD Grants

The City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is soliciting applications for the 2014 Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) program and Livable Communities Demonstration Account TOD (LCDA TOD) program. CPED will evaluate proposals through an established selection process and make recommendations to the Minneapolis City Council on up to three (3) applications for each program to submit to the Metropolitan Council (only three applications per program may be submitted per city). Based on applications received, CPED staff will determine to which funding program applications will be submitted. Final funding decisions are expected from the Metropolitan Council in late 2014. ***Please note that the City is only soliciting applications for the Development Grant program, and not the Pre-Development Grant program.

City administrative procedures

An application fee of $750 is due with each pre-application submitted to the City, made payable to the City of Minneapolis. The application fee is non-refundable. If the Metropolitan Council awards LCDA or LCDA TOD funds to a project, the City will also collect a 7% grant award administration fee, which will be collected at the time of execution of the subrecipient agreement between the City and the developer. The fee is 3% for projects that comply with the City’s Affordable Housing Policy, or for commercial/industrial projects located in areas designated as ‘intervene’ in the Great Streets program. No City or Metropolitan Council funds may be used to pay either fee. Grant funds are not available until the project is fully-funded and ready to begin construction. There are additional City requirements that apply to a funding award from the Met Council, including prevailing wage, affirmation action plans, pre-construction booklet, Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP), and apprenticeship training.

Application Materials

The following items are required for a complete City pre-application submittal:

  1. Metropolitan Council 2013 LCDA Project Concept Plan Submittal (Word format). 2014 materials are not yet available; the Metropolitan Council will also be implementing a new web-based application process this year.
  2. Metropolitan Council 2013 LCDA Project Concept Plan Uses (Excel format).
  3. A site location map.
  4. Up to five one-page images or graphics of your choice.
  5. A financial analysis, if one has been completed.
  6. $750 application fee, made payable to the City of Minneapolis.
  7. A separate sources and uses statement for the overall project, including status of each source: committed, pending, or when to be applied for.
  8. A one page project summary, including: project schedule, neighborhood review status, City plan review status, and site control status.
  9. City staff may request additional information, once your application is under review.

Informational Materials

  1. 2013 LCDA and LCDA TOD Pre-Application Guide.
  2. 2014 City of Minneapolis LCDA and LCDA TOD Ranking Tool.

All applications within the City of Minneapolis, including those mailed to the address below, must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Applications received after that time will not be accepted.

Send one paper copy and one electronic copy of the pre-application and attachments to:
Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department
ATTN: Purchasing (Metropolitan Council LCDA and LCDA TOD)
Crown Roller Mill
105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2534

The electronic copy may be submitted via email to Amy Geisler.

Important note: All applicants must review the Metropolitan Council’s LCDA and LCDA TOD Funding Guidelines and Eligible Uses of Funds before completing the application. If awarded, the submitted application is incorporated into the grant agreement with the Metropolitan Council. Applicants are encouraged to monitor the Metropolitan Council’s and the City’s website, as updated materials become available.

The City reserves the right to make changes to applications up to the time they are submitted by the City to the Metropolitan Council. The City also reserves the right to accept or reject all funding requests and rescind the request for proposals.

Anticipated Schedule for City of Minneapolis 2014 Metropolitan Council LCDA and LCDA TOD Process:

March 12   City Pre-Application due at CPED (above address) by 4:00 p.m.
April 15      City Council Community Development Committee reviews Pre-Applications
April 25      City Council approves Pre-Applications
TBD            Pre- and Final Application deadlines for the Metropolitan Council

Applicants will be notified of the City Council’s decision on which applications will be forwarded to the Metropolitan Council after Friday, April 25, 2014, including instructions on preparing the final application for selected applicants.

Contact Amy Geisler at 612-673-5266 with any questions regarding the LCDA program or the City of Minneapolis process for this program, or David Frank at 612-673-5238 with any questions regarding the LCDA TOD program or the City of Minneapolis process for this program.


Last updated Feb 19, 2014



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