Regional Early Action Planning Grants of 2021 (REAP 2.0)

Introduction

California is committed to a future where we all have the option to live closer to our jobs, services, and daily destinations. More housing options affordable to all Californians in our neighborhoods. More transportation options so we can safely walk our kids to school, ride our bikes to work, or take public transit. The Regional Early Action Planning Grants of 2021 (REAP 2.0) are a key part of the state’s strategic investments toward this more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future.

REAP 2.0 builds on the success of REAP 1.0, but expands the program focus by integrating housing and climate goals, and allowing for broader planning and implementation investments, including infrastructural investments that support future housing development.

REAP 2.0 will be administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Background

REAP 2.0 provides a $600 million state and federal investment to advance implementation of adopted regional plans by funding planning and implementation activities that accelerate infill housing and reductions in per capita Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). The program is funded through $500 million from the Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund of 2021 and $100 million from the State General Fund.

This new program was established as part of the 2021 California Comeback Plan under AB 140 .

Purpose

REAP 2.0 is a flexible program that seeks to accelerate progress towards our state housing goals and climate commitments through a strengthened partnership between the state, its regions, and local entities. REAP 2.0 seeks to accelerate infill housing development, reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), increase housing supply at all affordability levels, affirmatively further fair housing, and facilitate the implementation of adopted regional and local plans to achieve these goals.

Eligible Applicants

REAP 2.0 Funding Allocations
and Eligible Applicants:

Pie chart showing REAP 2.0 - Funding Allocations & Eligible Applicants

  •       MPO Allocations ($510 million)
  •       Rural & Tribal ($30 million)
  •       Higher Transformative Impact ($30 million)
  •       Government Administration ($30 million)


Most of the program’s funding (85 percent, or $510 million) will flow directly to the state’s 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and the MPOs may subgrant a portion of the funds to eligible entities (cities, counties, transit/transportation agencies) in their metropolitan region. The remaining funds are split into a set aside for non-MPO regions for smaller counties and tribal entities (5 percent, or $30 million), as well as for a higher impact transformative set aside for all eligible entities (5 percent, or $30 million).

Eligible Activities

This is a flexible program. Funds can use funds for planning efforts, or for implementing existing plans, as they relate to housing and infrastructure to support new housing.

All REAP 2.0 applications must satisfy both housing and VMT reduction goals while emphasizing the nexus between housing and climate change in ways that advance equity and improve underlying social and health vulnerabilities that may have contributed to more severe public health outcomes of the pandemic.

  • Statute does specify the following broad categories of eligible uses, though the program does allow some flexibility, and proposed uses must demonstrate a nexus to all program objectives:
    • Accelerating infill housing development
    • Realizing multimodal communities
    • Shifting travel behavior by reducing driving
    • Increasing transit ridership
  • See Draft REAP 2.0 Guidelines for more information

Accelerate Infill Housing

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Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)

Image of housing from above   Image of a road with a truck, a person on a bicycle, a lightrail train

Advance Application Materials

Commencing January 1, 2022, Health and Safety Code Section 50515.08, subdivision (c)(3) permits a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or Council of Government (COG) listed in Health and Safety Code section 50515.08, subdivisions (a)(1)-(6), to request up to 10 percent of the funding available to it through this program in advance of a full request for funding. This advance funding must be used to develop and accelerate the implementation of the requirements described in Health and Safety Code Section 50515.08(c)(1), including, but not limited to, regional engagement in the development of the full application and of an education and outreach strategy.

Draft Guidelines

The Department and its State Collaborative Partners are soliciting public comment on the Draft Guidelines for MPO Applicants, as well as the Draft Guidelines for Rural and Tribal Applicants from March 24, 2022 – April 15, 2022. To submit public comment on these Draft Guidelines, please email REAP2021@hcd.ca.gov with the subject line, “Comments on REAP 2.0 Draft Guidelines.”

Timeline

Activity Description Timing
Collaboration Design and Kick Off Convening of state agency collaborative, early discussion of program parameters and staffing. Summer 2021
Framework Paper Initial concepts and survey for broad stakeholder input. November 2021
Advance Application Available (“Formula Allocations for MPOs and COGs”) Up to 10% of program funds can be requested by eligible entities under the “Formula Allocations for MPOs and COGs”. January 2022
Final Guidelines and Program Launch Opening of the application period with program guidelines. Spring 2022
Higher Impact Ransformative Allocation Guidelines Open of competitive Higher Impact Transformative Allocation application period with program guidelines Summer 2022
Technical Assistance, Marketing, Direct Assistance to Applicants State will conduct a variety of outreach events including statewide webinar, regional events, and will provide direct assistance and consultations to eligible entities. December 2021 - June 2024
Over-the-Counter Application Period Initial application window closes on December 31, 2022. Depending on availability of remaining funds there may be a second competitive Innovative and Integrated Set Aside funding round if there are excess funds at the end of 2022. Spring 2022 - December 31, 2022
Encumbrance Deadline All funds must be awarded and encumbered. June 2024
Annual Reports Recipients submit and post annual reports and state posts annual report and other applicant information April - June of every year*
Expenditure and Close-out Report June 30, 2026
* Recipients shall submit a report by April 1 of the year following the receipt of those funds, and annually thereafter until those funds are expended. In turn, the state will post annual reports with supplemental information.

REAP 2.0 Materials