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Redevelopment Grant and Demolition Loan Programs

Grants and Loans to Minnesota Public Agencies
for Economic Revitalization Projects

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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

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02/01/21 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants and loans to Minnesota local governments, port authorities, economic development authorities, and housing and redevelopment authorities to revitalize blighted sites. Funding is intended to redevelop industrial, residential, or commercial sites. The programs provide grants and loans to assist with the costs of redeveloping blighted properties for more productive uses.

Redevelopment Grant Program: The Redevelopment Grant Program assists local communities with their redevelopment projects by filling the financial gap that often prevents recycling land for more productive uses. Redeveloping previously developed sites, where there are often dilapidated structures and inadequate adjacent infrastructure is more complex and costly compared to undeveloped parcels. The Redevelopment Grant Program strategically awards grants based on statewide, statutory criteria that make the program a useful financing tool for redevelopment projects. The program helps foster state/local collaboration that results in projects that achieve local revitalization goals and are consistent with state economic development strategies.

Grants can pay for land acquisition, demolition, infrastructure improvements, soil stabilization when in-fill is required, ponding or other environmental infrastructure and adaptive reuse of buildings, including remedial activities at sites where a subsequent redevelopment will occur.

Demolition Loan Program: The Demolition Loan Program was added to the Redevelopment Grant Program statute in 2011 to award loan funds to local units of government that need to remove blighted structures from their communities, but do not have an immediate redevelopment plan for the site. Although the traditional Redevelopment Grant Program works well for sites where there are costly detriments to site development, and the need to level the playing field between these sites and undeveloped sites exists. There is also an untapped need for assistance with demolition and other redevelopment activities when either there is no current development plan or future development visions are hindered by current blight. In some cases, despite a potential for future redevelopment, hazardous conditions or other public safety factors may be a community’s immediate concern. In addition, securing and maintaining dilapidated structures is costly.

Eligible Costs: Demolition activities, including interior remediation such as asbestos abatement. Loans would pay up to 100 percent of demolition costs for a qualifying site. The loans may also assist with site acquisition costs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176576

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be submitted by cities, counties, port authorities, housing and redevelopment authorities (HRAs) or economic development authorities (EDAs).

Pre-proposal Conference:

February 2021 Redevelopment Grant and Demolition Loan Programs Webinar
Hosted by Kristin Lukes

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the submission of applications is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021.

A local match of 50% is required for each project site receiving a Redevelopment grant. There is no match required for Demolition Loans.

For more information about the Redevelopment Grant Program, see:

For more information about the Demolition Loan Program, see:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit proposals to:

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
Brownfields and Redevelopment Unit

Kristin Lukes
651-259-7451 or 800-657-3858

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Brownfields and Redevelopment Unit staff at

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