Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grants
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.
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 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 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.
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 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:
- Developing an improved methodology for the distribution of the sixth cycle regional housing needs assessment (RHNA).
- 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.
- 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.
- Administrative costs related to the three main categories listed above.
NOFA Release: February 2020
Over-the-counter period: Now through January 31, 2021
Expenditure Deadline: December 31, 2023
Technical Assistance: April 2020 – 2023
- NOFA (PDF)
- 2020 REAP Full Application - Coming Soon
- 2020 REAP Full Application Resolution (DOC)
- 25% Advance Allocation Application (COGs and working groups only) (PDF)
- 25% Advance Allocation Sample Resolution (DOC)
- 25% Advance Allocation Sample Application (PDF)
Required with all applications:
- Maximum Grant Amounts Per Eligible Applicant (DOC)
- Planning Grants and Prohousing Webinar (YouTube)
- Examples and Best Practices – Coming Soon
- Close Out Report Template – Coming Soon
- Frequently Asked Questions – Coming Soon
Workshop Dates and Locations
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.