Growth Management Grants

Commerce Planning Grants available for State Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).

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:

Fully Planning

  • 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 under 3,000 population:                                $100,000
  • Cities with 50,000 to 99,999 population:               $175,000
  • Cities with 3,000 to 49,999 population:                 $125,000

Partially Planning

  • 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).

Grant Requirements

Periodic update grant award notifications and instructions will be issued to counties and cities with 2024 updates by June 2022, and Commerce will be working with you to finalize the grant agreements. Jurisdictions will be 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). 

Application Materials

We expect application materials and information for periodic update grants to be available in June, 2022.

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

Funding for Eligible Cities

Starting in mid-May, Middle Housing Grants will be available to cities within King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties as follows.

Funding Amounts:

  • Cities over 20,000 population:          $100,000
  • Cities 10,000 – 20,000 population:    $75,000
  • Cities under 10,000 population:        $60,000

This funding will be available for State Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).

Grant Requirements

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

Select one of the following links for the Grant Application (Word) and the Application Instructions (PDF). For the first round of grants, applications and supporting documentation must be emailed to gmsgrants@commerce.wa.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022 PST.

A second round of grants will be offered to jurisdictions that can submit a letter of intent by the same date and time as the round one applicants. If you meet this qualification, second round applications can be submitted to gmsgrants@commerce.wa.gov up until 5:00 p.m. on July 5, 2022 PST. 

We will be hosting an online pre-application workshop at 3:30 p.m. on May 23, 2022. Register for the workshop by selecting this zoom link.

Commerce will prioritize applications which:

  • Aim to authorize middle housing types in the greatest proportion of zones.
  • Plan to subcontract with multiple community-based organizations that represent different vulnerable populations in overburdened communities, as defined in RCW 70A.02.010 that have traditionally been disparately impacted by planning and zoning policies and practices, to engage in eligible activities.

Climate Program - Early Planning Grants

Funding for Eligible Counties and Cities

Commerce is providing $2.3 million in grant funding for counties and cities to incorporate climate action into their periodic updates. Climate change elements in local comprehensive plans are not currently required by state law. However, this climate program grant is intended to support those jurisdictions that are ready to proceed with climate change planning activities.

Grant funding will be available through a competitive application process to counties and cities with a 2024 periodic update deadline, and funds must be applied toward eligible activities. Counties will be eligible for up to $100,000, and cities will be eligible for up to $80,000, with funding available for State Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).

Grant Requirement and Eligible Activities

Jurisdictions need to focus efforts on one of the following activities for grant applications.

Green House Gas Emissions:

  • Identification or implementation of measures to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions or per capita vehicle miles traveled.

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment:

  • Explore climate-related trends to identify current and anticipated impacts.
  • Identify vulnerable populations and assets (social, economic, environmental).
  • Characterize risks for such assets to identify where policies are needed.

Commerce Encourages the Following:

Counties and cities that have never previously conducted one of the eligible activities are encouraged to apply. We encourage jurisdictions to include measures that generate co-benefits of improved ecological function and increase resilience or livability in areas with social, economic or environmental health disparities.

Application Materials:

To apply, select from the following links for the Grant Application (Word) and the Application Instructions (PDF). For the first round of grants, applications and supporting documentation must be emailed to gmsclimate@commerce.wa.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022 PST.

A second round of grants will be offered to jurisdictions that can submit a letter of intent by the same date and time as the round one applicants. If you meet this qualification, second round applications can be submitted to gmsclimate@commerce.wa.gov up until 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2022 PST. 

If you would like to learn more, please select the link to the power point presentation from the pre-application workshop held on May 19, 2022. 

For more information on Commerce’s Climate Program, visit the Climate Program page

Key Topics

Contact

Periodic Update Grants:
Dave Andersen, AICP Managing Director
Email: Dave.Andersen@Commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 509-434-4491

Middle Housing Grants:
Anne Aurelia Fritzel, AICP Housing Programs Manager
Email: Anne.Fritzel@Commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-259-5216

Climate Program Grants:
Sarah Fox, AICP Climate Program Manager
Email: Sarah.Fox@Commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3114

Additional Housing Grants

Housing grant information for our non-periodic update grants is now available on our Planning for Housing Page.