Northfield Tourism Recovery Grant

The City of Northfield just opened a Tourism Recovery Grant Program to provide financial incentives to organizations adversely impacted by the COVID- 19 pandemic that operate within the tourism sector. The goal of the program is to help the recovery and reinvest within the tourism industry that makes Northfield unique.
$30,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal allocation for pandemic recovery and growth has been designated for this program.
Applications will be accepted until October 14, 2022. Read more about the guidelines and apply for a Tourism Recovery grant at the City website.

SMIF Opens Inclusive & Equitable Communities Grant Application

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with Region Nine Development Commission (RNDC), is currently accepting applications for its Inclusive and Equitable Communities Grant program. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, units of government or public institutions in SMIF’s 20-county region (including Northfield) are eligible to apply. Requests of up to $20,000 will be considered.

Eligible organizations are invited to submit applications which allow their communities to build inclusive, welcoming environments and advance equitable opportunities in the lives of all people. SMIF seeks applications which create economic opportunities and prosperity for diverse populations. Applications which focus on projects serving people who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, immigrant and/or refugee communities will be prioritized. Applications that focus on creating inclusive and welcoming environments for other marginalized individuals will also be considered.

“We are pleased to provide this opportunity for organizations working on inclusivity and economic equity in southern Minnesota communities,” said Pam Bishop, vice president of economic development at SMIF. “Our partnership with RNDC further strengthens our commitment to supporting welcoming initiatives in the region.”

Applications are due to SMIF by October 24, 2022. For the application and guidelines, visit or contact Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator, at 507-214-7040 or

2022 Bridge Square Block Parties Recap

Thank you all so much for stopping by and supporting our 2022 Bridge Square Block Parties. We had a wonderful summer series with fantastic performances by Northfield Community Band, Louis and Dan & the Invisible Band, and Mark Ross. Thanks for our partners Northfield Community Education and Fifty North for helping out.

Check out  a gallery of some of our images here:

If you took pictures at the events, please feel free share and tag us on Facebook or Instagram.

The 2022 Bridge Square Block Party series is made possible with generous support from the City of Northfield and our programming sponsors. The Friends of Downtown Northfield would specifically like to thank the following local businesses:

Gold level:

Keith Pumper Plumbing & Heating

Silver level:

Forget-Me-Not Florist

Merchants Bank

Bronze level:

Premier Bank Minnesota

Schmidt Homes


Stay tuned for the return of this event series in 2023!

2022 Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The Friends of Downtown Northfield are excited to sponsor the 2022 Hispanic Heritage Celebration on September 15, 2022.

The day will include entertainment, a zumba class, food vendors, and arts and crafts activities for all. El día incluirá entretenimiento, clase de zumba, vendedores de comida así como actividades de arte y artesanía para todos.

2022 Schedule of Events:

  9:30 a.m. Zumba
11:00 a.m. Puppet Show (ASL Interpreted)
Martina the Cockroach and Perez the Mouse
11:30 a.m. Kalpulli Ollin Ayacaxtly
12:00 p.m. Mariachi Alma de México
 1:00 p.m. Northfield Guatemala Dance Group
  1:20 p.m. Bienvenidos – Welcome
  1:30 p.m. Samba DeMure Dance Academy 
  2:00 p.m. Aldo Tributo
2:30 p.m. Danzas Colombianas en Minnesota
3:30 p.m. Away Runakuna
  4:00 p.m. Los Chicos B
4:30 p.m. Latin Dance Instruction

The event will take place in Central Park (421 Fourth St E). Stop by for food, dancing, music, and fun! More information about the celebration can be found on the Northfield Public Library event page. 

Friends of Downtown Northfield Seeks Board Members & Volunteers

If you are interested in making downtown more vibrant, please come learn about volunteer and board member opportunities with our organization. We welcome everyone – whether you are a student or a downtown renter, just moved here or are a long-time resident, own a downtown business or just like to shop downtown. We have openings for short-term volunteers, long-term volunteers, and 3-year terms on our board of directors.

Join us for a casual gathering on Monday, August 29, 2022 at the Riverside Kitchen & Bar patio of the Fairfield Inn (114 2nd St W, Northfield, MN) from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Meet current board members, learn more about our mission, and explore opportunities for how you can help contribute to the vitality of downtown.

If you are unable to make it, but are still interested in volunteering or becoming a board member, please contact us and we will follow-up with more information.