Bemidji receives $600K in DEED funding

The City of Bemidji was awarded $600,000 in Minnesota DEED’s latest round of funding.

According to a release, nearly $35 million in grants were awarded to 15 Minnesota cities and counties from the “Small Cities Coronavirus Community Development Block Grant” program.

This is part of the first round of federal stimulus spending, the CARES Act, with a special allocation to address community needs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the funding will be used for broadband development projects.

Other uses of the funding could be housing assistance, food shelf assistance, and retrofitting buildings and commercial rehabilitation projects.

Bemidji’s grant was designated for building retrofitting.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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