Grant Funding Available for Downtown Properties

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has applied for and received $2.34 million through the Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED) Main Street Economic Revitalization Program (MSERP). $1 million, possibly more, will be allocated to qualifying Northfield business owners and developers. SMIF and city staff will work together and distribute grant funds.

Eligible applicants include business owners and developers who have capital improvement projects located in Northfield’s C-1 or H-O districts, and have plans to develop, redevelop, renovate, or repair their property. The maximum amount of funding available per project under this program is $750,000, and the minimum is $3,000, covering up to 30% of the total project cost.

The first round of applications will be accepted between December 12 and January 31. To apply or to view frequently asked questions and a full list of criteria, visit the city’s Main Street Grant webpage: northfieldmn.gov/MainStreetGrant.

For questions regarding projects within the historic district, contact Revee Needham at revee.needham@ci.northfield.mn.us or 507-645-3041. For general questions, contact Anna Watson at anna.watson@ci.northfield.mn.us or 507-645-3070.

 

La ciudad de Northfield y SMIF administrarán el Programa de Subvenciones para la Revitalización Económica de Main Street, dotado con $1 millón de dólares

Las empresas y organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro pueden presentar su solicitud a través del sitio web del SMIF

La organización, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (Fundación Iniciativa del Sur de Minnesota o SMIF, por sus siglas en inglés) ha solicitado y recibido $2.34 millones de dólares a través del Programa de Revitalización Económica de Main Street (MSERP, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Desarrollo Económico de Minnesota o DEED, por sus siglas en ingles. Se asignarán $1 millón de dólares, posiblemente más, a propietarios de negocios y promotores inmobiliarios de Northfield que cumplan los requisitos. SMIF y personal de la ciudad trabajarán juntos y distribuir los fondos de subvención.

Los solicitantes elegibles incluyen propietarios de negocios y promotores que tienen proyectos de mejora de capital ubicados en los distritos C-1 o H-O de Northfield, y tienen planes para desarrollar, reurbanizar, renovar o reparar su propiedad. El importe máximo de financiación disponible por Proyecto en el marco de este programa es de $750,000 dólares, y el mínimo de $3,000 dólares, que cubren hasta el 30% del costo total del proyecto.

La primera ronda de solicitudes se aceptará entre el 12 de diciembre y el 31 de enero. Para presentar una solicitud o consultar las preguntas más frecuentes y la lista completa de criterios, visite la página web de la subvención de Main Street: northfieldmn.gov/MainStreetGrant.

Si tiene preguntas sobre proyectos en el distrito histórico, póngase en contacto con Revee Needham en revee.needham@ci.northfield.mn.us o al 507-645-3041. Para preguntas generales, póngase en contacto con Anna Watson en anna.watson@ci.northfield.mn.us o al 507-645-3070.

Winter Walk 2022

We’re excited to see everyone downtown this Thursday, December 8, for the 24th Annual Winter Walk.

Come by the Friends of Downtown Northfield’s booth and with a $10 donation you can get a limited edition wood slice ornament with the iconic Central Block building. Ornaments are handmade in Northfield by a local maker and all proceeds will go to support downtown businesses and programming.

Find more information about Winter Walk online.

Make Your Business Merry Microgrant

As we move into the bustle of the holiday season (and just in time for Winter Walk on December 8), the Friends of Downtown Northfield are excited to announce a microgrant opportunity for eligible downtown businesses with the Make Your Business Merry Microgrants.

Downtown businesses can apply for reimbursement of up to $100 for exterior or interior seasonal decorations to be on display in their business storefront throughout the winter season.

We want to help businesses enhance their space, attract more customers, and contribute to the overall winter aesthetic of our downtown district. The added bonus is that anything purchased can be used by the business for years to come.

Let us help you get winter (and Winter Walk) ready!

Businesses interested in applying for the microgrant should complete this application form by 4:00 PM, Friday, December 2, 2022.

Selected businesses will be notified by December 3, 2022. Purchases must be made by December 8, 2022 (previous purchases made between November 1 – December 1, 2022, will be considered for reimbursement if original receipts are submitted).

For questions or more information, please email: info@nddc.org

Program Details and Criteria

To be eligible to apply, businesses must:

  • Be located in the C1 zoning district (indicated in pink on this map)
  • Be a brick-and-mortar business or nonprofit with a public-facing storefront

Preference will be given to first-floor retail or service businesses that are participating in Winter Walk on December 9.

Additional program details:

  • The Friends of Downtown Northfield will reimburse businesses for purchases of interior or exterior storefront decorations (eligible purchases include holiday lights, window paint, flocking, winter or holiday décor items, and/or materials to create DIY decorations), up to $100.
  • Any items purchased for exterior use must comply with city safety, accessibility and design standards for sidewalks and storefronts and not impede/infringe upon access to any business or residence.
  • Items must be purchased between 11/1/2022 – 12/08/2022.
  • Items purchased will remain property of the business.
  • Businesses will be responsible for the purchase, installation, takedown, and storage of any items purchased.
  • Original receipts must be submitted along with a completed grant report form for reimbursement.

Business Assistance

Are you a small business owner? Interested in starting a business but don’t know where to start? The City of Northfield has a free service to provide  one-on-one business support for entrepreneurs and small business owners in Northfield! Join the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) for its Open To Business program. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Business and strategic planning
  • Marketing and communications planning
  • Regulatory, tax, license and accounting training
  • Financial assessment
  • Networking and referrals
  • Access to capital

The next office hours are on November 23, 2022 12:00pm-3:00pm virtually or in-person at the Northfield Public Library Bunday Room. Before arriving, please complete the intake form. If you are unable to attend, you can schedule a separate meeting. Future meetings can be found on the City Calendar and more information is available on the city’s website.

Give to the Max Day 2022

Over the past year, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) rebranded to better achieve our mission and vision, maintain Northfield’s Main Street America™ accreditation and Minnesota Main Street designation, and thrive as a nonprofit organization that advocates for Northfield’s downtown district. We need your help to bring the mission to life!

As the Friends of Downtown Northfield, we have formalized our longstanding collaboration with the City of Northfield by adding a city staffer to our board. This creates efficiencies and deepens our partnership on economic development and downtown design efforts. We worked with the local communications agency Neuger on our rebranding as we refreshed our mission and partnership.

We have a goal to raise $1,979 for Give to the Max Day 2022 (to honor the year our downtown was listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and we can’t do it without your help. Donations of $5, $10, $197.90, or any amount will help us reach that goal. Follow this link to make your donation: https://give.mn/hd9ykf. Thank you for your support over the years as we continue to serve downtown Northfield!