At the October 26th monthly Board Meeting of the Upper Minnesota Regional Development Commission, three local governments had Hedgehog Grants approved by the UMVRDC Board.
Those grants were: one for Swift County ($4000) to update their zoning map; one for City of Granite Falls/Granite Falls EDA ($2000) for strategic planning with Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization; and one for City of Dawson ($4000) to complete an EDA public works grant.
The Hedgehog Grant was created by the UMVRDC in 2009 to help units of government in our region work with us to solve their issues. For us, it is as simple as following our mission statement that directs us to “enable the region to thrive by assisting units of government”. We know that our region has lots of needs, but there is not always the money to pay for them. That led to the creation of a fund to help subsidize the cost of our services to assist with those requests.
- Eligible entities for the Hedgehog Grant include cities, counties, townships, tribes and school districts in Region 6W (Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine Counties).
- One grant per project.
- One grant per eligible entity per year.
- Funds will be made available annually at the discretion of the UMVRDC.
- The UMVRDC reserves to right to update the eligibility guidelines at any time.
- Funds are available for RDC services in the areas of comprehensive planning, strategic planning and grant writing.
Click here for more information about the Hedgehog Grant, including a link to the application.