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    Subdivision 1. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given.
(a) "Community" means a town, township, city, or targeted neighborhood within a city, or a
consortium of towns, townships, cities, or targeted neighborhoods within cities.
(b) "Older adult services" means any services available under the elderly waiver program or
alternative care grant programs; nursing facility services; transportation services; respite services;
and other community-based services identified as necessary either to maintain lifestyle choices
for older Minnesotans, or to promote independence.
(c) "Older adult" refers to individuals 65 years of age and older.
    Subd. 2. Creation. The community services development grants program is created under
the administration of the commissioner of human services.
    Subd. 3. Provision of grants. The commissioner shall make grants available to communities,
providers of older adult services identified in subdivision 1, or to a consortium of providers of
older adult services, to establish older adult services. Grants may be provided for capital and other
costs including, but not limited to, start-up and training costs, equipment, and supplies related to
older adult services or other residential or service alternatives to nursing facility care. Grants may
also be made to renovate current buildings, provide transportation services, fund programs that
would allow older adults or disabled individuals to stay in their own homes by sharing a home,
fund programs that coordinate and manage formal and informal services to older adults in their
homes to enable them to live as independently as possible in their own homes as an alternative to
nursing home care, or expand state-funded programs in the area.
    Subd. 4. Eligibility. Grants may be awarded only to communities and providers or to a
consortium of providers that have a local match of 50 percent of the costs for the project in the
form of donations, local tax dollars, in-kind donations, fund-raising, or other local matches.
    Subd. 5. Grant preference. The commissioner of human services shall give preference
when awarding grants under this section to areas where nursing facility closures have occurred or
are occurring. The commissioner may award grants to the extent grant funds are available and to
the extent applications are approved by the commissioner. Denial of approval of an application
in one year does not preclude submission of an application in a subsequent year. The maximum
grant amount is limited to $750,000.
History: 1Sp2001 c 9 art 4 s 3; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113

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