Regional and State Grant Application Process

Funding Opportunities

The City of Saint Paul strongly supports efforts to reinvest and strengthen our neighborhoods and commercial areas by bringing regional and state resources to these projects. These funding sources allow the City to sponsor applications and pass funding through to private parties to undertake project activities. The following identifies funding sources for brownfields investigation and cleanup, transit-oriented development, design and development, and housing, and provides details on how to work with the City to apply for these funds.

The City of Saint Paul has the following requirements for the submission of state and regional grant applications on behalf of outside organizations:
  • A brief letter of interest and the appropriate pre-application (LDCA or Brownfields)
  • A nonrefundable application fee for those projects selected to move forward with an application

Fall 2016 Saint Paul Pre-Application and Grant Submission Timeline

Application Fee

The City of Saint Paul requires those wishing to partner on regional and state applications to pay a nonrefundable application fee per project per funding round to cover the cost of staff time associated with coordinating and reviewing applications. One application: $750 Two or more applications for the same project: $1,225 If the application fee is not received with the draft application or draft project concept plan, the City will not move forward with the application.

Grant Programs

There are several grant programs that can assist developers and property owners assess and/or cleanup properties with suspected or known environmental contamination. Each year the funders hold competitive grant cycles.

Brownfields Grants

Granting Agency Grant Program Name 2016 Grant Deadline
Department of Employment and Economic Development Contamination Cleanup and Investigation (CCI) Grant May 2 & November 1
Metropolitan Council Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) Grant May 2 & November 1
Ramsey County Environmental Response Fund (ERF) Grant * May 2 & November 1

*Nonprofit and for-profit organizations may apply for these funds from Ramsey County on their own, but must obtain a letter of support from the City. Please contact Ramsey County staff to determine if funding is available.

Brownfields Grant Contact: Jamie Radel, Senior City Planner,  Telephone: 651-266-6614, email  

Design & Development Grants

The following grants provide financial assistance for site design, acquisition, and public infrastructure improvements.

Granting Agency Grant Program Name 2016 Grant Deadline
Department of Employment and Economic Development Redevelopment Grant August 1
Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) – Pre-development Grant Funding not available.
Metropolitan Council LCDA– Development Grant Concept Plan: May 2
Redevelopment Grant Contact: Josh Williams, Senior City Planner, Telephone: 651-266-6659, email LCDA Grant Contact: Jamie Radel, Senior City Planner,  Telephone: 651-266-6614, email

Housing Grants

The Metropolitan Council sponsors an annual funding round to help cities meet their affordable housing goals.

Granting Agency Grant Program Name 2016 Grant Deadline
Metropolitan Council Local Housing Incentives Account Grant To be determined
Housing Grant Contact: Marie Franchett, Housing Project Manager Telephone: 651-266-6578, email  

Transit-Oriented Development Grants

Metropolitan Council has developed grant programs to catalyze transit-oriented development within the region's transit corridors.

Funding Agency Grant Program Name 2016 Funding Deadline
Metropolitan Council LCDA-TOD – Pre-development Grant June 1 & November 1
Metropolitan Council LCDA-TOD – Development Grant Concept Plan: May 2
Metropolitan Council TBRA-TOD Cleanup Grant Concept Plan: May 2
TBRA-TOD and LCDA-TOD Grants Contact: Jamie Radel, Senior City Planner, Phone: 651-266-6614, email