County towns say yes to grant
The Faribault County Development Corporation (FCDC) pitched a proposal to apply for housing improvement grants in the cities of Frost, Bricelyn and Easton recently.
Linsey Warmka, executive director of FCDC, came before each of the three councils to ask if they would be in favor of applying for the grant in 2012.
“Bricelyn and Frost are on board,” Warmka says. “Council members from Easton would rather apply for a grant involving street repair.”
Without Easton, Warmka is currently in the process of identifying another small city in Faribault County meeting grant criteria.
“To be eligible for the grant, you must meet a specific percentage of people who live below the poverty level,” Warmka says. “Other factors playing a role include the median household income and the per capita income.”
Warmka determined the cities of Bricelyn, Easton and Frost could qualify for the grant after researching demographics and taking first hand tours of the cities.
“Some houses in these areas would greatly benefit from grant money,” Warmka says. “Funds will be strictly for structural purposes such as shingles, gutters, windows and siding. The grant does not provide money for house remodels.”
FCDC?will lead the process in applying for a multiple activities grant allowing for funds to be directed for home ownership assistance, demolition and commercial rehabilitation. The Faribault County EDA will help leverage the money provided from the grant.
Warmka will apply for the grant through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
The pre-application will be due on Nov. 17 and the full application will not be due until April 12.