Grant Writing & Management Services

Small Cities Development Program Grant Writing and Program Management

The Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) is a competitive Federal/State-funded grant program that cities may use to address local needs. Grant funds are generally targeted to benefit low to moderate income people. 

To date, CEDA has successfully authored over $12 million in these grants on behalf of cities in Southeast Minnesota.

Eligible uses of the funds may include:

  • Community infrastructure projects (water & wastewater)
  • Single-family or multi-family housing rehabilitation
  • New housing construction
  • Commercial exterior rehabilitation

SCDP Process:

  • A survey is completed to assess needs either throughout the city or within a specific area of the city.
  • If the need warrants, the next step is to submit a Pre-application to the MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED).
  • Following Pre-application approval and further research, a Full Application will be submitted to DEED.
  • Pre-applications are due in the fall each year, Full Applications in winter, and the grant awards are announced in spring.
  • When awarded, the projects may proceed and the on-going grant management begins, which is typically a two to three-year process.

To learn more please contact Michelle Vrieze at (507) 867-3164.

State, Federal and Foundation Grants

CEDA staff can also help business, communities and organizations with researching, writing and administering other types of grants for specific projects.