Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grants

Background

Increasing the availability of affordable homes statewide is critical to bettering the quality of life of all Californians and to ending homelessness. In the 2019-20 Budget Act, Governor Gavin Newsom allocated $250 million for all regions, cities, and counties to do their part by prioritizing planning activities that accelerate housing production to meet identified needs of every community. With this allocation, HCD established the Regional Early Action Planning Grant Program (REAP) with $125 million to regions. REAP provides one-time grant funding to regional governments and regional entities for planning activities that will accelerate housing production and facilitate compliance in implementing the sixth cycle of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation.

The 2019-20 Budget Act provides a spectrum of support, incentives, resources, and accountability to meet California’s housing goals. Some specific elements include:

  • Local and regional planning grants (LEAP and REAP)
  • Prohousing preference points on competitive funding applications
  • Additional funding resources
  • Accountability (penalties for noncompliant housing plans)
  • Reform (collaborative processes to reform regional housing needs)

For cities or counties – The Budget Act created a planning grant program specifically for cities and counties that is like the SB2 Planning Grants Program. This new program is referred to as the Local Early Action Planning Grants (LEAP). For more information on LEAP, please visit the Local Early Action Planning Grant Webpage.

Purpose

This program allows councils of governments (COGs) and other regional entities to collaborate on projects that have a broader regional impact on housing. Grant funding is intended to help regional entities and governments facilitate local housing production that will assist local governments in meeting their Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA).

Application Review and Requirements

Applications will be accepted on an over-the-counter basis between now and January 31, 2021.

A COG or a fiscal agent of a multiagency working group may request up to 25 percent of funding available in advance of the NOFA and full application.

Application Timeline
Application for 25% of the allocation for a COG or regional entity Now through January 31, 2021
Application for the remaining or entire funding amount available to the application Release of NOFA through January 31, 2021

For more information on the application process, please refer to the NOFA under Get Funding section below.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are limited to COGs, multiagency working groups, and counties not represented by COGs or working groups, as defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 50515.02.

Council of Governments

A COG or a fiscal agent of a multiagency working group may request up to 25% of the funding available in advance of the NOFA and full application. For more information on advance allocation requests, See the Get Funding section below.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must be related to housing planning and facilitate the streamlining and acceleration of housing production. Eligible activities conducted by applicants must fall under one or more of the following main categories:

  1. Developing an improved methodology for the distribution of the sixth cycle regional housing needs assessment (RHNA).
  2. Sub-allocating funds directly and equitably to jurisdictions or sub-regional entities in the form of planning grants that will accommodate the development of housing and infrastructure that accelerate housing production.
  3. Providing jurisdictions and other local agencies with technical assistance, planning, temporary staffing or consultant needs associated with updating local planning and zoning documents, expediting application processing, and other actions to accelerate additional housing production.
  4. Administrative costs related to the three main categories listed above.

Program Timeline

NOFA Release: February 2020
Over-the-counter period: Now through January 31, 2021
Expenditure Deadline: December 31, 2023
Technical Assistance: April 2020 – 2023

Get Funding

Required with all applications:

Resources:

Workshop Dates and Locations

REAP NOFA WEBINAR
Wednesday April 29, 2020

Technical Assistance

REAP’s TA program is coming soon! TA services will include

  • Assistance with identifying activities
  • Feedback on applications
  • Review of draft applications
  • And more!

At this time, please refer to the SB2 Technical Assistance Resources.