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. 

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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 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

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 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). 

Application Materials – NEW

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.

Defense Community Compatibility Account - Call for Projects

Compatible Land Use Grants

Announcing a call for projects to promote compatible land use development near Washington Military Installations. Commerce is soliciting applications for compatible land use projects from Aug. 1, through Sept. 15, 2022.

The Department of Commerce is developing a prioritized project list of civilian-military compatibility projects. The Legislature will consider funding compatibility projects that impact the economy, environment, or quality of life opportunities for local communities.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes; and other entities in an agreement with a state military installation under the U.S. Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program.

Application Requirements

Please select from the following links to see the Program Application Guide (PDF) and the Application Form (Word). Applications are due to Commerce by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. Applicants may submit applications to: gmsgrants@commerce.wa.gov

A question and answer period will be held from Aug. 1 – Aug. 31, 2022. Questions regarding the application process or program can be submitted via email or phone to the program manager, Genevieve Dial, at gen.dial@commerce.wa.gov or 509-675-5508. A question and answer addendum will be posted with regular updates on the program web page during this period.

Middle Housing Grant Program

Grant News

List of middle housing awardees and introduction to the the middle housing team (PDF).

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

Some of our materials were updated as a result of feedback received in last week’s pre-application workshop. Please click on the following links to see our workshop power point and workshop Q&A

Select one of the following links for the updated Grant Application (Word) and the updated Application Instructions (PDF). Grant funding is still available within the current fiscal year for middle housing. Please reach out to us at gmsgrants@commerce.wa.gov, if you missed our early summer application windows and would still like to apply for a middle-housing grant.

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

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.

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

DCCA Funding:
Gen Dial, AICP Senior Planner
Email: Gen.Dial@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 509-675-5508

Additional Housing Grants

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