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Regional Early Action Planning Grants Program

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For more information about this plan, contact Paul by email or phone: (831) 264-5092

Regional Early Action Planning Grants Programs

The adopted FY 2019-20 California Budget (AB 74, June 2019) and the associated housing trailer bill (AB 101) established the Regional Early Action Planning Grant Program (REAP 1.0) REAP 1.0 was established for the purpose of providing regions and jurisdictions with one-time funding, focusing on grants for planning activities, to enable jurisdictions to meet the 6th Cycle of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The program is administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This program includes local jurisdictional funds and regional funds.

The adopted FY 2021-22 California Budget (AB 140, July 2021) established a follow-up program, REAP 2021 (REAP 2.0). 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. REAP 2.0 is administered by 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).

Regional Early Action Planning Grants (REAP) 1.0

The regional portion of the Local Housing Support Grants Program funding was allocated to mega-regions throughout the state. In the Central Coast, approximately $8,000,000 in funding was allocated to the Central Coast Housing Working Group (CCHWG). The CCHWG is composed of representatives from jurisdictions within the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties. Funding has been made available to COGs and jurisdictions within the region for housing planning purposes.

Please see the Plan Docs section below for applications and template resolutions for jurisdictions in the AMBAG, SBtCOG, SLOCOG and SBCAG regions. 

For Grant and application questions, please contact Paul Hierling at phierling@ambag.org or by phone at (831) 264-5092.

For your Council of Governments, see below for contact information:

  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), please contact Paul Hierling at phierling@ambag.org or by phone at (831) 264-5092.
  • San Benito Council of Governments (SBtCOG), please contact Veronica Lezama at  veronica@sanbenitocog.org or by phone at (831) 637-7665.
  • San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), please contact Sara Sanders at ssanders@slocog.org or by phone at (805) 597-8052.
  • Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), please contact Micheal Becker at mbecker@sbcag.org or by phone at (831) 915-9466.

Regional Early Action Planning Grants (REAP) 2.0

REAP 2021 (REAP 2.0) was established through AB 140 (July 2021) as part of the mid-year budget revise for the State’s FY 21-22 budget. Approximately $600 million is available statewide to support transformative and innovative projects that implement a region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy and help achieve goals of more housing and transportation options that reduce reliance on cars. With funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the State will allocate approximately $10 million to AMBAG, with an initial allocation of 10 percent of funds made available in the second half of 2022, pending approval of AMBAG’s early application.

AMBAG will use the advance funding to deploy an outreach and engagement strategy and develop programs to disperse these funds throughout the region in support of transformative planning that promotes the core program objectives of REAP 2.0: (1) implementation of AMBAG’s Sustainable Communities Strategy; (2) infill housing development; (3) reduction of Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT); and (4) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).   

Note that while the program continues with the REAP name, REAP 2.0 has a broader focus on implementation of eligible programs and activities than REAP 1.0. The REAP 2.0 funds have a broader set of objectives and can be spent on both planning and capital projects. REAP 2.0 funds must be obligated by June 2024 and expended by June 2026.  

The REAP 2.0 Draft Program Guidelines were released on March 24, 2022, with comments on the draft due by April 15, 2022. The REAP 2.0 Final Program Guidelines and Notice of Funding Availability were released on July 27, 2022. 

AMBAG’s is developing a REAP 2.0 program framework. AMBAG’s eventual full funding application will be driven by the State’s program guidelines and a stakeholder engagement process. Throughout 2022, AMBAG will be conducting outreach to a broad array of stakeholders to identify programs and partners and develop the full REAP 2.0 application, due to the State by December 2022.   

Please take the short survey to provide us feedback on how AMBAG should structure its regional REAP 2.0 program. Agencies and stakeholders are encouraged to complete an informational survey to provide input on potential priorities for the REAP 2.0 Program. Surveys are due by August 31, 2022.

For more information on REAP 2.0, please contact Heather Adamson at hadamson@ambag.org or by phone at (831) 264-5086.

Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grant

HCD released a notice of funding availability and application on January 27, 2020. Local jurisdictions must request an allocation of funds from HCD by January 31, 2021, and must identify specific strategies to meet their 6th Cycle of the RHNA. Eligible activities shall be limited to housing-related planning activities.  For more information, please go to the HCD's Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grants page.