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Oct 4 17

MnDOT Announces the Transportation Alternatives Solicitation to Fund Project

by Melissa

MnDOT has just announced the Transportation Alternatives solicitation to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more.
Interested entities should contact our office ASAP and start working on the letter of intent that is due on October 31.

Our office can help you work through your project idea and the requirements for the application process!

Oct 4 17

12 Communities Identified Eligible for the Workforce Housing Development Program

by Melissa

12 communities in our region have been identified as eligible for the new Workforce Housing Development Program through special funding provided by the MN Legislature last year.

This program provides funds for the direct development of Market Rate Residential Rental Properties to increase the availability of rental housing in Greater Minnesota.

$2Million dollars area available statewide. MN Housing expects to fund 3-5 projects in MN.
Grants are available for up to 25% of the total project cost.
Must be a an Eligible Project Area
Must be working with a developer
Must have a viable proposal for the development of a Market Rate Residential Rental Property

Sep 25 17

Childcare Progress in Benson

by Melissa

The Benson School District is also helping solve childcare in their community.

Sep 25 17

Small City Development Program Application for City of Granite Falls

by Melissa

The city of Granite Falls, 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 homeowners, rental property owners and commercial business 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 $18,750 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 $30,000 for the same types of rehab. The program also extends to rental owners for up to $14,000 per unit.

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 Granite Falls? The city needs feedback from Granite Falls residents to show there are enough eligible property owners interested in the program.

Recently, you should have received a homeowner “Intent to Participate” form in the mail with information about the program. The more responses received from the community, the more competitive the grant application will be. Please submit this form to the UMVRDC before October 14th. There are separate forms for rental property owners and commercial property owners that you can request. If you need a form sent to you, contact Laura Ostlie from the UMVRDC at 320-289-1981 x102 or  You can also visit Facebook and follow “Granite Falls MN Small Cities Development Program” for updates of the application process in Granite Falls.

Granite Falls Multi-Unit Rental Intent to Participate 2017-2018

Granite Falls Rental Intent to Participate 2017-2018

Granite Falls Owner Intent to Participate 2017-2018

Granite Falls Commercial Intent to Participate Form 2017-208


Sep 21 17

September 2017 Board Meeting

by Jackie S

There will not be a full commission meeting this month – only the Board of Director’s will meet. The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday the 26th in the RDC conference room. Packet