Seven west central Minnesota communities to receive state development grants

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Sep. 7—ST. PAUL — Several area communities have received Small Cities Development Program grants from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

A total of $19 million was awarded to 32 Minnesota cities. The grants were announced last week.

The grants are part of the Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by DEED.

Cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000 can apply for the grants if they meet the criteria of helping people with low and moderate incomes, eliminating slum and blighted conditions or eliminating a threat to public health or safety.

The awards were announced last week were from two rounds of grant applications. The first round awarded $6.1 million for public facility improvement projects and a combination of community center and owner-occupied housing projects.

Among those receiving grants in the first round are Atwater, $740,360 for public facility improvements and owner-occupied housing; Boyd, $600,000 for public facility improvements; and Cosmos, $600,000 for public facility improvements.

The second round awarded $12.9 million for owner occupied, rental and commercial rehabilitation projects. In this round, area cities receiving grants are Benson, $1,035,000 for owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation; Dawson, $701,500 for owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation; Eden Valley, $823,400 for owner-occupied housing and commercial rehabilitation; and Grove City, $557,405 for owner-occupied housing and rental rehabilitation.

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