ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded more than $24 million in grants for projects across Greater Minnesota, including the northern region of the state.

The funding, made available for 43 infrastructure and rehabilitation projects, comes through the Small Cities Development Program, part of the Community Development Block Grant Program. According to a press release, the funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Projects the program mostly supports are those related to rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings, while also updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

Grants awarded regionally include:

  • In Northome, $881,750 for the rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing and public facility improvements.
  • In Clearbrook, $600,000 for public facility improvements.
  • For Hackensack, $600,000 toward public facilities.
  • In Deer River, $600,000 for public facility upgrades.