Three southwestern Minnesota towns received a total of over $2 million in small cities development grants from the state on Monday. Redwood Falls received $864,000 and Lamberton received $782,000 for owner-occupied housing efforts. Springfield received $531,000 for owner-occupied housing.

The grants announced this week were part of the $19 million in Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grants for infrastructure and rehabilitation projects in 32 cities across Minnesota. The SCDP grants pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings and updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

Cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000 can apply for SCDP grants. Eligible projects must meet one of three objectives: benefit people of low and moderate incomes; eliminate slum and blighted conditions; or eliminate an urgent threat to public health or safety.

Projects must be completed within 30 months.