Development grants

We explain the Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) grants.

Pre-applications closed for 2023

The City has chosen projects for the 2023 development grants. Check back in January 2024 to see new pre-applications.

2023 grants


The pre-application process is closed.

  • The City of Minneapolis began accepting pre-applications for LCDA and TOD development grants in March.
  • A $750 application fee was due by the application deadline. We do not accept late applications.
  • We reserve the right to:
    • Accept or reject all funding requests
    • Rescind the request for proposals
  • City staff reviewed proposals through a set selection process. Factors included:
    • Project readiness
    • Conformance with City plans and program requirements

We recommended up to three applications for each program. Each city may submit only three applications per program.


  • Pre-applications released: March 22, 2023
  • Pre-applications due: April 21, 2023
  • Recommendation to BIHZ Committee: June 20, 2023
  • City Council decision: June 28, 2023
  • LCDA/TOD draft application: July 28, 2023
  • LCDA/TOD application submission: August 14, 2023

Know the development grant process

Application details

You must submit an online pre-application for LCDA and TOD grants.

See pre-application


Contact Linnea Graffunder-Bartels

Development grant process

Before submitting a pre-application for a LCDA or TOD grant, read the following.

Selection process

  • The City requires a $750 pre-application fee for LCDA and TOD Development grants.
  • LCDA and TOD development grants are very competitive.
    • Not all projects submitting pre-applications will be able to submit applications to the Metropolitan Council.
    • The Metropolitan Council receives more requests for funding than they have funding available.
  • We give selection preference to projects with committed City funding.
  • Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) staff make recommendations to City Council. City Council decides which funding program applications to submit.
  • 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 we submit to the Metropolitan Council.

Grant funds

Grant funds will not be:

  • Awarded by Metropolitan Council until the 4th quarter of 2023.
  • Available to the developer until the City accepts the grants from the Met Council and executes a Grant Agreement. At that time, a pass-through contract between the City and the developer can be executed.
  • 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.

Administration fee

Grant award administration fee details:

  • The City will collect the fee when executing subrecipient agreement between the City and the developer.
  • You cannot use City or Metropolitan Council funds to pay this fee.

Fee amounts

Affordable Housing Projects

3% per grant award, capped at $20,000 per award (not per project)

This grant administration fee is due at closing.

Commercial Projects 7% per grant award
Commercial Projects located in Great Streets in “intervene” areas by the Great Streets Business District 3% per grant award (not per project)


The City will require compliance with City policies, including:

Contact us

Linnea Graffunder-Bartels

Community Planning & Economic Development




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