2018 Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Demonstration Account and Livable Communities Demonstration Account Transit Oriented Development Grants
Request For Proposals

The City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is soliciting applications for the 2018 Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) 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 which funding program applications will be submitted to. Final funding decisions are expected from the Metropolitan Council in December 2018. ***Please note that the City is only soliciting applications for the Development Grant program, and not the Pre-Development Grant programs.

City administrative procedures:

An application fee of $750 is due with each pre-application (project concept plan) 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 3% grant award administration fee, which 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 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 CPED prevailing wage, affirmation action plans, pre-construction booklet, Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP), and apprenticeship training.
Important note: All submissions must meet the City’s Affordable Housing Policy . All applicants must review the City Policies & Contracting Requirements as it pertains to the LCDA and LCDA-TOD funding before completing the pre-application.

Application Materials:

The following list of documents are required for a complete City pre-application submittal. 2018 materials are not yet available. Please use the available forms linked below.

  1. Metropolitan Council 2017 LCDA & LCDA-TOD Project Concept Plan Application (PDF) 
  2. Metropolitan Council 2017 LCDA & LCDA-TOD Project Concept Plan Sources and Uses (XLS)
  3. Complete the City Priority & Readiness Questionnaire (DOC) 
  4. A site location map.
  5. Up to five one-page images or graphics of your choice.
  6. A financial analysis, if one has been completed.
  7. $750 application fee, made payable to the City of Minneapolis.
  8. A separate sources and uses statement for the overall project, including status of each source: committed, pending, or when to be applied for.
  9. A one page project summary, including: project schedule, neighborhood review status, City plan review status, and site control status.
  10. City staff may request additional information, once your application is under review.

All applicants must review the Metropolitan Council’s LCDA and LCDA TOD Funding Guidelines and Eligible Uses of Funds which can be found in the information Materials before completing the application.

Informational Materials:

  1. 2017 LCDA & LCDA TOD Project Concept Plan Guide (PDF)
  2. 2017 LCDA Program Guide (PDF)
  3. 2017 LCDA TOD Program Application Guide (PDF)

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 Monday, February 5, 2018. Applications received after that time will not be accepted.

Send one paper copy and one electronic copy of the pre-application (Project Concept Plan) 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 Shalaunda Holmes.

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. Applicants who intend to seek TBRA-TOD funding will also be required by Met Council to submit an application for LCDA -TOD funding. Applicants who intend to seek LCDA-TOD funding should consider also submitting (but are not required to submit) an application for TBRA-TOD funding if any environmental work is anticipated. Please check with Shalaunda Holmes if you have any questions.

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 2018 Metropolitan Council LCDA and LCDA TOD Process:

February 5   City Pre-Application (project concept plan) due to CPED at above address by 4:00pm
April              Community Development Committee reviews Pre-Applications
April              City Council approves Pre-Applications (project concept plans)
May 4            Pre-Application deadline for the Metropolitan Council (LCDA & LCDA-TOD)
June 15         Full Applications due to CPED for submission to Metropolitan Council (LCDA & LCDA-TOD)

Applicants will be notified of the City Council’s decision on which applications will be forwarded to the Metropolitan Council after Thursday, May 4, 2018 including instructions on preparing the final application for selected applicants.

Contact Shalaunda Holmes at (612) 673-5266 with any questions regarding the LCDA or LCDA-TOD program or the City of Minneapolis process for this program.

Last updated Jun 7, 2018

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