PRESS RELEASE, Small City Development Grant Program

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Small City Development Program Application for City of Ortonville

The city of Ortonville, working with the Upper Minnesota Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC), is looking to apply for a grant from the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This grant is for funds to help property owners rehab their buildings.

The SCDP program is set up to help homeowners by offering grants based on household size and income. Eligible homeowners could apply for up to $25,000 per home for eligible rehab projects such as gutters, windows, doors, siding, insulations, electrical, heating/furnace, water heater, fuse box replacement, energy efficiency improvements, plumbing, roofing, foundation, safety improvements, accessibility improvements, lead testing and removal, and building code violations. Commercial building owners could be eligible for up to $40,000 for the same types of rehab.

The SCDP grant is meant to help small cities in Minnesota help keep their current housing and to make sure commercial properties are safe, healthy, and affordable by assisting low to moderate-income individuals and reduce substandard commercial buildings.

How can you help make this program possible in Ortonville? The city needs feedback from Ortonville residents to show there are enough eligible property owners interested in the program.

You can pick up a paper copy of a homeowner or business property owner “Participant Survey” at the City Office at 315 Madison Avenue or go to THIS LINK to fill it out online. The more responses received from the community, the more competitive the grant application will be. Please submit this form by noon on November 11th.  

If you need more information on this program, please RSVP to attend a community meeting on November 15 between 7-8 pm. To Vicki Oakes at 320-839-6155 or

If you have questions, you can contact Kristi Fernholz from the UMVRDC at 320-289-1981 x106 or  or Vicki Oakes from the Ortonville EDA at 320-839-6155 or

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