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Five west central Minnesota cities awarded development project grants

Lake Lillian, Murdock, Appleton, Clara City, and Redwood Falls receive grants for infrastructure and rehabilitation projects.

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Five area cities awarded grants for development projects. Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

ST. PAUL β€” Five cities in west central Minnesota received Small City Development Program grants for infrastructure and rehabilitation projects, according to a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announcement Monday.

Nearly $19 million was awarded to 32 cities., including the following:

  • Appleton received $747,500 for owner-occupied housing and commercial development.
  • Clara City received $701,500 dollars for owner-occupied housing, rental and commercial development.
  • Lake Lillian received $600,000 for public facility improvements.
  • Murdock received $600,000 for public facility improvements.
  • Redwood Falls received $864,800 for owner-occupied housing and commercial development.

When applying, cities must detail a project that either benefits people of lower or middle class, or eliminates slum, harmful conditions, or a threat to public safety.
Cities and townships are eligible to apply if their population is under 50,000 and counties are eligible if their population is under 200,000.

Projects must be completed in four months.

The grants are part of the Community Development Block Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More information about SCDP grants is available on the DEED website at mn.gov/deed .

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