Ortonville – Small Cities Development Program Pre-Application Process

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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.  If you have a need for any of the items listed above, please complete a short survey (links & info below) so that we can present the need in our community for this grant program – the more surveys completed the better chance of our community receiving the grant funds for this program.  The deadline to submit your survey is noon on November 11th.  However, there is an opportunity to meet in person for questions, fill out the survey, translation assistance, etc.  This meeting would be on November 15th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  To RSVP either call Vicki Oakes at 320-839-6155 or email at vicki@ortonvilleeda.com

To complete the survey online click on one of the following:
Commercial Online Form 

Residential Online Form

Below are links to print a PDF and handwrite & drop off at the City Office by Noon on November 11th.

Homeowner/Resident SurveyPDF print and bring to City Office LINK
Commercial Survey PDF Print/Bring to City Office LINK

You can also pick up a paper copy at the City Office at 315 Madison Avenue & return the completed form to this address by noon on November 11th.

If you have questions, you can contact Kristi Fernholz from the UMVRDC at 320-289-1981 x106 or Kristi.fernholz@umvrdc.org.  or Vicki Oakes from the Ortonville EDA at 320-839-6155 or vicki@ortonvilleeda.com.


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