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DEED Awards Small Cities Development Grants

Grants totaling $19 million approved for 35 Greater Minnesota communities

7/11/2018 9:49:51 AM

Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236
Shane.M.Delaney@state.mn.us

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded 35 grants totaling more than $19 million for rehabilitation and infrastructure projects in Greater Minnesota.

The Small Cities Development Program is part of the Community Development Block Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is funded by Congress. The program helps pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings and updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

“The vitality of our communities depends upon strong infrastructure and good, affordable housing,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “These grants will help improve those essential resources in communities throughout Minnesota.”

“These grants provide an important investment in Greater Minnesota communities,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “This funding will help to increase and improve much needed housing which leads to positive economic activity.”

To be eligible for Small Cities funding, a project 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.

Cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000 are eligible for grants under the program. Projects must be completed within 30 months, depending on size and scope.

The following projects received funding:

Brainerd, $638,338
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental housing rehabilitation, and commercial building rehabilitation

Caledonia, $824,698
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental housing rehabilitation, and commercial building rehabilitation

Clarkfield, $1,107,430
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, commercial building rehabilitation, and a public facility project

Deerwood, $554,893
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental housing rehabilitation, and commercial building rehabilitation

Elgin, $303,600
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

Emily, $229,000
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

Eyota, $287,500
Rental housing rehabilitation

Granite Falls, $625,888
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental housing rehabilitation, and commercial building rehabilitation

Kensington, $600,000
Public facility improvements

Kerkhoven/DeGraff, $320,625
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

Lake Benton, $634,800
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and commercial building rehabilitation

Lake City, $809,400
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and commercial building rehabilitation

Lake/Silver Bay, $508,750
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and commercial building rehabilitation

Mahnomen, $354,775
Rental rehabilitation

Marshall, $603,750
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and commercial building rehabilitation

Melrose, $315,600
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and commercial building

Menahga, $236,700
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and commercial building rehabilitation

Morris, $421,875
Rental housing rehabilitation

Onamia, $600,000
Public facility improvements

Pine River, $595,000
Public facility improvements

Raymond, $437,000
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

Red Lake Falls, $593,400
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and commercial building rehabilitation

Sabin, $258,525
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

St. James, $663,320
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental housing rehabilitation, and commercial building rehabilitation

St. Joseph, $178,624
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

Starbuck, $941,260
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental housing rehabilitation, commercial building rehabilitation, and streetscape

Tyler/Ruthton, $460,000
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

Verndale, $600,000
Public facility improvements

Warroad, $599,955
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and rental housing rehabilitation

Willmar, $1,205,177
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental housing rehabilitation, and commercial building rehabilitation

Willow River, $345,711
Public facility improvements due to flooding damage

Windom, $418,600
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

Winger, $600,000
Public facility improvements

Winnebago, $869,100
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and public facility improvements

Winona, $296,349
Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow us on Twitter .

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