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Area cities receive DEED grants

Small Cities Development Program grants pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings and updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development on Friday announced Small Cities Development Program grants totaling $19,054,650 for infrastructure and rehabilitation projects in 32 Minnesota cities.

Area cities receiving grants include Royalton, which received $600,000 for public facility improvements; Bertha/Hewitt, which received $386,400 for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation; Garrison, which received $201,250 for owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation; and Jenkins, which received $132,250 for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.

Small Cities Development Program grants are part of the Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants are administered by DEED’s Small Cities Development Program Unit. The Small Cities Development Program grants pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings and updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

“As Minnesota’s economy recovers from COVID-19, these grants help small communities in Greater Minnesota make critical improvements to their housing and public infrastructure,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove in a news release. “These are important investments in cities and towns across the state to help them thrive and grow.”

Cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000 can apply for Small Cities Development Program 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.

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Projects must be completed within 30 months. Extensions due to extenuating circumstances must be requested four months in advance.

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