Grant Writing & Management Services

Project Grants

Need funding to kick-start a project or invest in its long-term success in your rural community? Sifting through grant resources and crafting a quality proposal takes dedicated time and expertise. CEDA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1986, can help businesses, communities, and organizations research, write, and administer grants for specific development needs, from infrastructure builds to festival support. CEDA was founded in grant-writing and has secured over $50m for our clients. Our success resonates throughout dozens of rural American communities.

Services include: Collecting and compiling project details and attachments, knowing and abiding by all application parameters and processes, authoring compelling narratives that clearly demonstrate the need, submitting by deadline on behalf of client, and other project-specific requirements.

CEDA makes the grant-seeking process simple, and we have the professional expertise to manage all facets of your project’s proposal. Contact us today for a free grants services estimate and project consultation. Contact: Courtney Bergey Swanson at [email protected] or 507-251-9272.

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 Allison Wagner at (507) 867-3164.