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Artists on Main Street virtual workshop – 5/7, 11am

Join us to learn more about the Artists on Main Street program and how you can receive up to $2,000 in funding for creative placemaking projects in downtown Northfield!

To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, please send an email to greg@nddc.org.  For more info and to apply, visit nddc.org/AOMS.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

#SpringForwardMN with the NDDC!

During GiveMN.org’s #SpringForwardMN campaign, we hope you will consider a donation to support the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation. Since the beginning of 2020, the NDDC has raised over $53,000 to support grants for small businesses, provide relief to those affected by the Archer House fire, and many other projects benefiting the downtown.  We’ve also partnered with organizations such as the University of Minnesota Extension to offer specialized training for Northfield businesses, the Southeastern MN Arts Council to install a striking sculpture along the Riverwalk, and the Minnesota State Arts Board to fund another year of the Artists on Main Street program.

Your tax-deductible contributions make all of this important work possible!  You can donate at our GiveMN page, or send a check to 19 Bridge Square, Northfield, MN 55057.  Thank you for your support!

Registration now open for the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund

All restaurants are encouraged to apply for the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund as soon as the portal opens at 11:00 a.m. CT on Monday, May 3, even those not in a priority group.  Here are a few helpful resources on how to proceed or find answers to questions:

  1. Sign up to receive updates – Small Business Administration (SBA) (govdelivery.com)
  2. Register in the application portal – SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund::. This is the same portal you will use on Monday, May 3 at 11:00 am CT. You only need an email address and U.S. phone number to get registered.
  3. Visit the Restaurant Revitalization Fund website at Restaurant Revitalization Fund (sba.gov). Pay special attention to the links below for answers to questions.
    1. Restaurant Revitalization Funding Program Guide (sba.gov) updated 4/28/2021
    2. Restaurant Revitalization Fund Knowledge Base – SBA Restaurant Program (zendesk.com) updated frequently
    3. Webinar: Special briefing on RRF with SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute overview of RRF
    4. Webinar: Learn how to apply for RRF overview of portal
  4. Print and fill out the application to be prepared for the questions that will be asked in the portal (Restaurant Revitalization Funding Application Sample (sba.gov))
  5. Review the documents requirements in 3 and 4 above and have them ready to be uploaded on Monday.
  6. Contact call center support at 1.844.279.8898 with questions.

Announcing the 2021 Artists on Main Street program

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is thrilled to offer the 3rd year of the Artists on Main Street (AOMS) program, a community development initiative exploring the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation by investing in “creative placemaking” projects.  Originally designed and funded by Rethos: Places Reimagined, Springboard for the Arts, and the Bush Foundation, the 2021 program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

A virtual workshop will be held on Friday, May 7th from 11am-1pm for anyone interested in learning more about the program.  To RSVP for the workshop and receive the Zoom link, please send an email to greg@nddc.org.

For more information, check out this page of FAQs (Preguntas Frecuentes).  Applications will be accepted in either English or Spanish.  Please follow either of the links below to submit your proposal:

APPLICATION /// APPLICACIÓN

Announcing the 2021 business support fund recipients

Thanks to a generous donation from Wings Financial Credit Union, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is happy to announce the recipients of the latest round of business support funds.  Downtown businesses were eligible to apply for up to $1,000 for projects and investments that will enhance their operations during and coming out of the current pandemic.

After a review of 27 strong applications, 15 were approved for partial support to maximize the reach of the ultimately limited funds.  The businesses listed below demonstrated their creativity and the potential impact of the proposed projects for their business and downtown community:

  • 502 Studio and Gallery  – interior flooring improvements
  • Café Shawn – signage and marketing
  • CakeWalk – online ordering system updates
  • Clothes Closet (CAC) – signage and marketing
  • Division Street Dance – interior wood floor refinishing
  • Downtown Bicycles – plumbing for bike wash station
  • Goodbye Blue Monday – new outdoor awning
  • HealthFinders Collaborative – marketing
  • Heath Creek Cycles – website and exterior improvements
  • Imminent Brewing – new bar project
  • Northfield Arts Guild – staffing shop for additional day during summer
  • Paisley Gardens – new point-of-sale system for garage area
  • Prema Studio – signage and marketing
  • The Contented Cow Company – repairs/updates to outdoor stage
  • The Sketchy Artist – interior fixture and display upgrades

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NDDC has distributed over $14,000 to help 28 downtown businesses strengthen their operations and upgrade their physical spaces.  As the number of applications for this round attests, there is still a great need to support our downtown businesses as they adapt to this ‘new normal.’  The NDDC will continue to seek additional grants and donations to fund additional rounds of applications in the future.

If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to a future round of support funds, please reach out to NDDC Executive Director Greg Siems (greg@nddc.org).