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Nearly $19M awarded for development in small cities

32 Minnesota cities receive grants

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grants totaling nearly $19 million for infrastructure and rehabilitation projects in 32 Minnesota cities.

SCDP grants are part of the Community Development Block Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The SCDP grants pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings and updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

“These grants will help small Minnesota cities move forward with essential improvements to housing and public infrastructure,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “The funding comes at a good time to assist Greater Minnesota communities in their recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19.”

Cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000 can apply for SCDP grants. Eligible projects must meet one of three objectives: benefit people of low and moderate incomes; eliminate slum and blighted conditions; or eliminate an urgent threat to public health or safety.

Projects must be completed within 30 months. Extensions due to extenuating circumstances must be requested four months in advance. You can find out more about SCDP grants on the DEED website.

The grant awards announced today represent both rounds of SCDP grants to be announced in 2020.

The following cities received SCDP grants in the first round of awards:

Askov, $600,000; Public facility improvements.

Bemidji, $388,125; Owner occupied housing.

Florence, $585,000; Public facility improvements.

Goodhue/Dennison, $528,420; Owner occupied housing.

Greenbush, $1,108,000; Owner occupied housing, rental housing, commercial and streetscape improvements.

Jasper/Magnolia, $599,991; Owner occupied housing.

Lake Lillian, $600,000; Public facility improvements.

Murdock, $600,000; Public facility improvements.

Ogilvie, $600,000; Public facility improvements.

Springfield, $531,300; Owner occupied housing.

Wabasha, $528,420; Owner occupied housing.

Waterville, $287,500; Owner occupied housing.

The following cities received SCDP grants in the second round of awards:

Annandale, $485,356; Rental housing and commercial.

Appleton, $747,500; Owner occupied housing and commercial.

Argyle, $759,000; Owner occupied housing, rental and commercial.

Battle Lake, $943,000; Owner occupied housing and commercial.

Belle Plaine, $603,750; Owner occupied housing and commercial.

Blue Earth, $317,400; Owner occupied housing.

Clara City, $701,500; Owner occupied housing, rental and commercial.

Fairmont, $885,500; Owner occupied housing and commercial.

Hinckley, $437,000; Rental housing and commercial.

Lamberton, $782,000; Owner occupied housing and commercial.

Mapleton, $345,000; Owner occupied housing.

McIntosh, $394,450; Rental housing.

Mille Lacs County, $391,000; Rental housing and commercial.

Mora, $393,300; Owner occupied housing and rental.

Redwood Falls, $864,800; Owner occupied housing and commercial.

Roseau, $625,600; Owner occupied housing and commercial.

St. Charles, $599,955; Owner occupied housing and rental.

Trimont, $431,250; Owner occupied housing.

Underwood, $488,750; Owner occupied housing.

Wadena, $681,720; Owner occupied housing, rental and commercial.

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