LCI & Community Choices Application







ARC solicited applications from local governments, Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) and other non-governmental organizations through this combined application for the following:


  •  Livable Centers Initiative New Studies
  •  Livable Centers Initiative Major Plan Updates
  • Livable Centers Initiative Supplemental Studies
  • Community Choices
  • Lifelong Community Demonstration Projects




In an effort to streamline ARC’s resources and efficiency for local jurisdictions, ARC has combined solicitations for the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), Community Choices and Lifelong Communities Initiative assistance. In addition to the information provided below, please thoroughly read the descriptions and application criteria in Appendix E – Eligibility & Program Descriptions to determine the type of assistance that best suits your community’s needs. The application and appendices are located on the right-side panel on this page.


Eligible Applicants:


The Livable Centers Initiative program is open to government jurisdictions and non-profit organizations in the Atlanta Metropolitan Planning Organization area (includes 13 counties and portions of 5 counties). See ARC's Jurisdiction Map. Jurisdictions must also be Qualified Local Governments (QLG), or show progress toward reinstating QLG status, through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).


Community Choices and Lifelong Communities assistance is open to the 10-county Regional Commission area (see blue boundary on ARC's Jurisdiction Map). In addition to the 10 counties, Community Choices is open to existing LCI communities outside of the 10-county regional commission area, but within the 18-county MPO. To be considered for either award, a jurisdiction must maintain Qualified Local Government (QLG) status or show progress toward reinstating QLG status through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).


Additional eligibility criteria and program requirements can be found in Appendix E – Eligibility & Program Descriptions.


Additional Information and Disclaimers:


  • Organizations receiving LCI funds will be required to contract with ARC and provide assurances of meeting federal contract requirements. This includes conducting a fair and open procurement process; therefore, if a consultant completes the funding application on behalf of the sponsor, that firm will not be eligible to compete for or be awarded the LCI contract should the study be selected. Additionally, if more than one organization is involved in the LCI study, ARC will contract with one lead organization only. Other organizations may serve as partners or sub-grantees to the lead organization, but they will not be part of the formal LCI contract.

  • ARC reserves the right to fund all or a portion of the total study budget, depending on program participation and evaluation of need. The study scope of any LCI application may also be adjusted through agreement with the study applicant. Agreement on study area boundaries and scope will be reached with ARC staff and local sponsor prior to awarding funds and executing a study contract.

  • Completion of an LCI study does not guarantee LCI transportation project funding. Subsequent LCI funding for transportation projects or supplemental studies is contingent upon local implementation progress and LCI program funding availability.

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