Local Early Action Planning Grant Program Application Now Due 1-31-21

Deadline Extended

The Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grant program’s deadline has been extended to January 31, 2021! You still have time to apply.

Jurisdictions that did not apply: For cities and counties that were not able to meet the July 1, 2020 deadline, you still have more time. You now have until January 31, 2021 to apply for LEAP funding. Remember, LEAP funding is non-competitive, flexible funding to help cities and counties plan for housing in their communities.

Jurisdictions that did apply: If you have already applied for the LEAP program, you can still modify your application. HCD can make adjustments to the application during the review process or even afterwards.

For more information and any questions, please contact your HCD Technical Assistance Regional Liaison:

The LEAP program provides a non-competitive, one-time funding opportunity to all cities and counties to update planning documents and implement process improvements that facilitate accelerated housing production. This program is very similar to the SB2 Planning Grants Program. Don’t miss out on this easy funding opportunity to help plan for housing in your communities.

Accepting applications now through January 31, 2021 – New deadline

If you would like more information on the program, you can find the Notice of Funding Availability and the LEAP Application on the LEAP funding webpage.

Sample eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Rezoning and encouraging development through updating ordinances and plans
  • Establishing Prohousing policies
  • CEQA
  • Updating housing elements
  • Updating ordinances to comply with state housing laws (e.g. ADU ordinances)
  • Developing specific plans and other plans focused on housing
  • Implementing processes that streamline the application process for housing developments
  • And much more!

For technical assistance such as help with brainstorming eligible activities, reviewing draft applications, adjusting existing applications, and answering questions, please contact your HCD regional liaison listed above or earlyactionplanning@hcd.ca.gov.

LEAP Technical Assistance Available!

Do you need help applying? Would you like someone to provide feedback and review your draft application or make adjustments to your existing application? Would you like to know more information about the program? HCD has a technical assistance program that provides direct assistance to all cities and counties to support them in applying for the LEAP funding program. Each region or sub-region has been assigned an HCD TA Regional Liaison who you can directly contact for any TA needs related to the LEAP funding program. For contact information, please see the flyer or you can directly contact: earlyactionplanning@hcd.ca.gov.