4300.1200 Application Process And Requirements


Published: 2015

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4300.1200 APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS.


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Subpart 1.

Business and community development application manual.

The division shall make the business and community development application manual, additional instructional materials, and forms available on a year-round basis. The manual and additional materials and forms shall instruct applicants in the preparation of applications and describe the method by which the division will evaluate and rank applications.


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Subp. 2.

Eligibility requirements.

Any unit of general purpose local government, including cities, counties, and townships located in a nonentitlement area or electing exclusion from an urban county under United States Code, title 42, section 5302 (1981), may apply for a grant. An eligible applicant may apply on behalf of other eligible applicants. Applications submitted on behalf of other applicants must be approved by the governing body of all local governments party to the application. An eligible applicant may receive only one competitive grant per grant year and no eligible applicant shall be included in more than one competitive application. An eligible applicant may receive one economic development grant in addition to a competitive grant each application year.


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Subp. 3.

Disqualification of applicants.

Applications from otherwise eligible applicants shall be disqualified if it is determined by the division that any of the following conditions exist:

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there are outstanding audit findings on previous economic development or competitive grants and the grantee has not objected on a reasonable basis to the findings or demonstrated a willingness to resolve the findings;


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B.

previously approved projects have passed scheduled dates for grant close out and the grantee's ability to complete the project in an expeditious manner is in question; or


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the applicant has not made scheduled progress on previously approved projects and the grantee's ability to complete the project in an expeditious manner is in question.



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Subp. 4.

Contents of business and community development application.

The contents of a business and community development application must be consistent with the informational requirements of this chapter and must be on a form prescribed by the division. A complete business and community development application shall include, but not be limited to:

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needs narrative, summarizing the needs for the proposed project;


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B.

project summary, summarizing the activities to be completed and the scope of the project;


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C.

activities and budget, detailing the estimates associated with each proposed activity;


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D.

assurances, necessary to comply with the federal or state requirements as a prerequisite to receiving state or federal funding;


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resolution, from the submission of the local government applicant approving the application and authorizing execution of the grant agreement according to the requirements of the Business and Community Development Division if funds are made available; and


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supporting materials, attachments that are designed to verify or support information in items A to E.
The division may request additional information from the applicant if it is necessary to clarify and evaluate the application.



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Subp. 5.

Time limit for submitting applications.

While competitive applications may be submitted at any time during the year, a formal yearly closing date for receipt of applications shall be established. Complete competitive applications shall be evaluated following the closing date for competitive applications. The notice must be published in the State Register at least 120 days before the closing date. Economic development project applications may be submitted at any time during the application year.


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Subp. 6.

Regional review.

The applicant must submit a complete copy of the application to the Regional Development Commission, where such a commission exists, or the Metropolitan Council, where it has jurisdiction, for review and comment in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 462.391, subdivision 3, or Minnesota Statutes, section 473.171, respectively.