Growth Management Grants
Growth Management Services often has opportunities to fund community planning and development. This page contains information on open grants and current funding cycles for local governments.
Comprehensive Plan – Periodic Update Grants
The Governor and the Legislature made a historic investment in Growth Management Act planning during the 2022 Legislative Session. As a result, we expect to provide grant funding to all counties, and cities within those counties, in advance of their upcoming comprehensive plan and development regulation “periodic updates,” required under RCW 36.70A.130(5).
Funding is Available Under the Following Formula
Grants are available to counties and cities based on fully planning or partially planning status under the GMA, as well as population:
- Counties with 100,000 population and over: $700,000
- Counties under 100,000 population: $350,000
- Cities with 100,000 population and over: $325,000
- Cities with 50,000 to 99,999 population: $175,000
- Cities with 3,000 to 49,999 population: $125,000
- Cities under 3,000 population: $100,000
- Counties with 10,000 population and over: $150,000
- Counties under 10,000 population: $100,000
- Cities (No population limits): $20,000
Starting July 1, 2022, counties and cities with a 2024 deadline are eligible to receive the first half of their grant, with the second half coming the following year. Subject to continuing legislative appropriation, Commerce intends to provide these same grant amounts to all counties and cities throughout the update cycle, with due dates from 2024 through 2027, under RCW 36.70A.130(5)(a)-(d). Grants should be available for all jurisdictions starting two years before the statutory deadlines for review and revision, established under RCW 36.70A.130(5).
Periodic update grant award notifications and instructions are currently being distributed to counties and cities with 2024 updates. Over the course of the next month, Commerce will work with you to finalize the grant agreements. Jurisdictions are eligible to request grant reimbursement for all periodic update grant work, defined in the grants agreements, beginning July 1, 2022. The second half of this grant is scheduled for the following state fiscal year (beginning July 1, 2023).
Local agency representatives can select the following links to see the Application Instructions (PDF) and the Grant Application (Word).
Note: Buildable Land Reports & GMA Implementation Reports
In addition to the required periodic update, seven counties (Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom), and the cities within these counties, must also complete a review and evaluation program for buildable lands (i.e. the Buildable Lands Report) every eight years under RCW 36.70A.215. Adding a new requirement this year, HB 1241 requires certain jurisdictions to complete an implementation progress report five years after the end of their periodic update.
Funding is expected to be available to meet those responsibilities in later years. Grants may be used for planning work in need of review, or revised for your comprehensive plan and development regulations as required to meet your periodic updates. If all of the funding is not needed to meet the update requirement, a jurisdiction can use their remaining funds for other planning work beyond the minimum requirements.
Middle Housing Grant Program
List of middle housing awardees and introduction to the middle housing team (PDF).
Grant Eligibility and Amounts
Middle Housing Grants continue to be available to cities within King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Base grant amounts are as follows:
- Cities over 20,000 population: $100,000
- Cities 10,000 – 20,000 population: $75,000
- Cities under 10,000 population: $60,000
Higher levels of funding may be requested and awarded to current and new grantees upon demonstration of need at Commerce’s sole discretion. Any requests for additional funding should include a paragraph explaining why additional work items are needed or additional funding is needed for existing work items. In addition to this base funding, additional funding may also be requested to subcontract with community-based organizations. This funding will be available for State Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).
Grantee jurisdictions must conduct actions relating to adopting ordinances that authorize middle housing types on at least 30% of lots currently zoned as single family residential. “Middle housing types” include duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, fiveplexes, sixplexes, townhouses, courtyard apartments, cottage housing and stacked flats.
Each city must use a racial equity analysis and establish anti-displacement policies as required under RCW 36.70A.070(2)(e) through (h) to ensure there will be no net displacement of very low, low or moderate-income households, as defined in RCW 43.63A.510, or individuals from racial, ethnic and religious communities which have been subject to discriminatory housing policies in the past.
Application materials may still be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Governor’s Smart Communities Awards Program
Planning for Housing
GMA Laws and Rules
GMA Periodic Update
Growth Management Topics
Guidebooks and Resources
Defense Community Compatibility
Regional Planners’ Forums
Short Course on Local Planning
Submitting Materials to the State for Review
Periodic Update Grants:
Dave Andersen, AICP Managing Director
Middle Housing Grants:
Anne Aurelia Fritzel, AICP Housing Programs Manager
Additional Housing Grants
Housing grant information for our non-periodic update grants is now available on our Planning for Housing Page.