Community Development Funding

Our Small Cities Development Program helps cities and counties with funding for housing, public infrastructure and commercial rehabilitation projects.

Projects must meet one of three federal objectives:

  • Benefit people of low and moderate incomes
  • Eliminate slum and blight conditions
  • Eliminate an urgent threat to public health or safety

In addition, need, impact and cost effectiveness must be documented and the general public must be involved in the application process.

Cities with fewer than 50,000 residents and counties with fewer than 200,000 residents are eligible.

Overview

Eligible Projects

State program rules subdivide grant funds into three general categories:

1) Housing Grants - Funds are granted to local units of government, which, in turn, lend funds for the purpose of rehabilitating local housing stock. Loans may be used for owner-occupied, rental, single-family or multiple-family housing rehabilitation. Loan agreements may allow for deferred payments or immediate monthly payments. Interest rates may vary, and loan repayments are retained by grantees for the purpose of making additional rehabilitation loans. In all cases, housing funds must benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

2) Public Facility Grants - Funds are granted for wastewater treatment projects, including collection systems and treatment plants; wells, water towers and distribution systems.

3) Comprehensive Grants - Comprehensive projects frequently include housing and public facility activities described above. In addition, comprehensive projects may include an economic development activity, which consists of loans from the grant recipient to businesses for building, rehabilitation related to facade improvements, code violations, and health and safety issues. The most common economic development activity is rehabilitation of local commercial districts.

Maximum Available

The maximum grant award for a Single Purpose project is $600,000. The maximum grant award for a Comprehensive project is $1.4 million.

Other Funds Required

The amount of other funds required varies and is contingent upon the project type. However, the amount of leveraged resources plays a significant role in determining whether the project is funded.

Terms

The timeline to complete projects is normally 30 months, depending on project size and scope.

2014 Grant Awards

2013 Grant Awards

Apply

Funds for the Program are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for the benefit of eligible non-entitlement local units of government (cities, counties, townships) through a competitive application process for a variety of community development needs.

Applicants must adhere to the Application process outlined within the Program Concept (included with the Application), with particular attention to the section, Applicant Eligibility Restrictions. Applications will not be accepted from those who have not followed the process outlined in the Program Concept.

Application Documents

Select the links below to download and print the following documents related the Small Cities Development Program

2015 SCDP Preliminary Proposal

2015 SCDP Application

Application Budget

Application Resolution

Secondary Applying Communities Resolution

Small Cities Application Training

Small Cities Implementation Workshops

Payment Disbursement Request Calendar

HUD 2010 Census – LMI Data for MN Non-Entitlement

SCDP Survey Results Spreadsheet – Example

SCDP A-Z Guide

Citizen Participation Plan – Example

Manuals & Forms

These manuals, handbooks and forms explain in detail the compliance requirements of your grant.

General Manuals and Checklists


SCDP A-Z Guide

Grant Start Up Checklist

Grant Adjustment Request Form 2007

Conflict Of Interest Worksheet

Forms

Rehab Guides

The following guidebooks provide information and forms to assist you in carrying out your rehabilitation programs. All forms can be downloaded and modified to fit your program.

Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Guide: A Step-By-Step Guide to Rehabilitating Owner-Occupied Homes

Renter-Occupied Rehabilitation Guide: A Step-By-Step Guide to Rehabilitating Renter-Occupied Homes

Commercial Rehabilitation Guide: A Step-By-Step Guide to Rehabilitating Commercial Properties

Rehabilitation Inspection Guide: A Step-By-Step Guide to Rehabilitation Inspection

Rehabilitation Inspection Guide Appendices 

These are the appendixes to the Rehabilitation Inspection Guide: A Step-By-Step Guide to Rehabilitation Inspection.

Appendix One: MHFA Improvement/Rehab Standards

Appendix Two: Sample Flood Plain Management Ordinance

Appendix Three: The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation

Appendix Four: Understanding Accessibility Requirements of the Architectural Barriers Act, Section 504, and the Fair Housing Amendments Act

Appendix Five: Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS)

Appendix Six: UFAS Accessibility Checklist

Appendix Seven: Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines

Appendix Eight: Building Access Survey

Appendix Nine: Minnesota Energy Efficiency Standards

Appendix Ten: Energy Audits - Chapter 7655

Appendix Eleven: Minnesota Weatherization Job Book (being updated)

Appendix Twelve: Minnesota Mobile Homes Weatherization Job Book (being updated)

Appendix Thirteen: Manufactured Homes Information

Contacts

General Information 
Email questions or comments to gloria.stiehl@state.mn.us, or contact us by phone at 651-259-7462.

Contact a Regional SCDP Representative 
For contact information for the SCDP representative responsible for your region of the state, click on the map below.

Regional map of Minnesota

Region 1 Representative
Counties: Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau
Contact:

Patrick Armon 
651-259-7455 or 800-657-3858 
patrick.armon@state.mn.us

Region 2 Representative
Counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen
Contact:

Patrick Armon 
651-259-7455 or 800-657-3858 
patrick.armon@state.mn.us

Region 3 Representatives
Counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake 
(St. Louis County is not eligible for the Small Cities Development Program.)
Contact:

Patrick Armon 
651-259-7455 or 800-657-3858 
patrick.armon@state.mn.us

Region 4 Representative
Counties: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin
Contact:

Jeremy LaCroix 
651-259-7457 or 800-657-3858 
jeremy.lacroix@state.mn.us

Region 5 Representative
Counties: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, Wadena
Contact:

Patrick Armon 
651-259-7455 or 800-657-3858 
patrick.armon@state.mn.us

Region 6E Representative
Counties: Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville
Contact:

Jeremy LaCroix 
651-259-7457 or 800-657-3858 
jeremy.lacroix@state.mn.us

Region 6W Representative
Counties: Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Swift, Yellow Medicine
Contact:

Jeremy LaCroix 
651-259-7457 or 800-657-3858 
jeremy.lacroix@state.mn.us

Region 7E Representative
Counties: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine
Contact:

Jeremy LaCroix 
651-259-7457 or 800-657-3858 
jeremy.lacroix@state.mn.us

Region 7W Representative
Counties: Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright
Contact:

Jeremy LaCroix 
651-259-7457 or 800-657-3858 
jeremy.lacroix@state.mn.us

Region 8 Representative
Counties: Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock
Contact:

Christine Schieber 
651-259-7461 or 800-657-3858 
christine.schieber@state.mn.us

Region 9 Representative
Counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan
Contact:

Christine Schieber 
651-259-7461 or 800-657-3858 
christine.schieber@state.mn.us

Region 10 Representatives
Counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona
Contact:

Christine Schieber 
651-259-7461 or 800-657-3858 
christine.schieber@state.mn.us

Region 11 Representative
Counties: Carver, Scott 
(Anoka Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington Counties are not eligible for the Small Cities Development Program.)
Contact:

Jeremy LaCroix 
651-259-7457 or 800-657-3858 
jeremy.lacroix@state.mn.us