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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.

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.

Upcoming Community Events & New Community Events Calendar

Fall is here and there are many exciting events happening in and around downtown. A few highlights of events this week include:

  • Fall Festival at the Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 8, 2022 9:00am-1:00pm at Bridge Square

 

Learn about additional upcoming events at the new Community Events Calendar website. Anyone is welcome to add events in the Northfield area and surrounding communities.

 

 

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 smifoundation.org/inclusivegrant or contact Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator, at 507-214-7040 or jenniferh@smifoundation.org.