Ortonville – Small Cities Development Program

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January 2022 Update Page!

Thank you to all who have already responded by completing a pre-Application for the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) – with those applications, the City of Ortonville has been approved to make a full application for the grant program.  As Krist Fernholz of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Commission completes the full application, we are reaching out to the community to see if there is additional interest in this program – some that may not have heard of the program or others that may have missed the short deadline for the previous interest/application process.  Below is the information for the program and how to submit your interest form.

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.  There will be an informational meeting on January 20th at 5:30 at the Ortonville Community Center if you’d like to ask questions and complete the interest form at that time.  

A short timeline of this process:

  • Deadline for Interest Forms is February 10th
  • The full application is due March 11th
  • Grant notifications will be early summer, likely July
  • Project implementation & administration November/December
  • Projects to be completed within three years

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

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.