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Announcing! Community Activation Grant ProgramGrants
For Individuals, Groups, and Non-profits (U- for Small Businesses/Retail Focused Organizations and one for Individuals, Groups and Nonprofits (Updated 8/26)

Small Businesses and Retail Focused Nonprofits/Organizations
Online Application – apply now

NUFC is now accepting grant requests for up to $5,000 for small businesses and retail focused nonprofits, and community activation projects from the broader community.

Your application must fit within the stated grant purposes.

NUFC is seeking ideas and projects focusing on economic justice, ownership, work which spur new improvements, involve placemaking/façade improvements, public art, public safety, community-activation ideas, in total projects that preserve what we all love most about our communities.

Many of NUFC’s small retail businesses and retail-focused non-profits are owned and operated by immigrants and people of color, and we are committed to ensuring that our support is accessible to those businesses and has an equitable impact.

NUFC will fund grantees through a nimble grant process however, the effort is operated by volunteers, so the decision-making process takes at least a month to complete. NUFC Advisory Board Members reflect the community demographics of both residents and business owners.

The first priority neighborhoods will have the majority of the grant dollars designated to the area. As the secondary and third level priority neighborhoods will have less grant dollars designated to those areas.

NUFC Priority Neighborhoods:

First Priority Neighborhoods: Midway and Union Park
Total Grant Dollars to Disperse: $104,000
Accepting Grant Requests up to $5,000

Second and Third Priority Neighborhoods: Frogtown, Summit/U and Rondo
Total Grant Dollars to Disperse: $ 47,000
Accepting Grant Request up to $5,000

Please see full detailed criteria and project scope on the online application. NUFC will support projects and proposals whose entities address the criteria and project scope listed here and are approved by the NUFC Advisory Board and District Council Boards.

If you need help completing this form or gathering the information needed to complete the form, please call Isabel at 651-587-3782.

Individuals, Groups and Nonprofits/Organizations (Non-Retail)

*NEW* Community Activation Grant Program – For Individuals, Groups, and Nonprofits (Updated 9/9) Online Application – apply now

The Neighbors United Funding Collaborative (NUFC) is accepting grant applications for individuals, groups, and non-profits in the area until grant funds are exhausted.

NUFC is seeking ideas and projects focusing on: economic justice, ownership, work which spares new development, helps prevent displacement, involves placemaking/façade improvements, public art, public safety, community-activation ideas, in total projects that preserve what we all love most about our communities.

Grant criteria and more information listed in the online application.

Other grants

Exception Application Opportunity
Online application

NUFC is providing an Exception Application Opportunity for small retail businesses and retail-centered nonprofits. The priority area for this grant opportunity will be small local for-profit and nonprofit businesses within the Midway and Union Park neighborhoods. The second priority neighborhood is along the University Avenue Corridor and within 3 miles East of Allianz field and third priority area is within Old Rondo Neighborhood or Selby Neighborhood.

The fund provides grants to small businesses with up to $50,000 each to assist the owners with loss of revenue, damage as a result of civil unrest/COVID, or rebuilding efforts as a result of civil unrest and/or COVID.  
Grant application and guidelines evolve as decided by the NUFC Advisory Board. All changes are promptly posted on the NUFC website.

Qualifying Criteria
• Operate small retail businesses storefront or a nonprofit with a retail or service-based business model for the last three years or more.
• Experienced loss of revenue, damage as a result of civil unrest/COVID, or rebuilding efforts as a result of civil unrest and/or COVID.  
• First priority area: Be located within a half-mile of Allianz Field. Businesses within half-mile of Allianz Field are the fund’s first priority.
• Second priority area: Operate a business along University Avenue Corridor and within 3 miles East of Allianz field along University Ave you are invited to apply.
• Third priority area: Operate a business within Old Rondo Neighborhood or Selby Neighborhood you are invited to apply.
• Have annual sales revenue of 4M or less a year.
• Be a MN Secretary of State registered entity.
• Can be an independently owned franchisee, in a case-by-case scenario.
• Cannot be a corporate family franchise or corporate business.

Completed applications do not guarantee businesses will receive funding. The NUFC Advisory Committee will be reviewing all applications and conducting due diligence on all submissions. Grants available until funds are exhausted.

If you need help completing this form or gathering the information needed to complete the form, please call Isabel at 651-587-3782.

Funding still available for the following:

Small Business Recovery Program
Online application

Starting February 16, 2021 NUFC is providing a new fund for small businesses who lost sales due to the civil unrest, who have yet to receive any financial support. Small local businesses within the Midway and Union Park neighborhoods are welcomed to apply for the Small Business Recovery Funds. The fund provides small businesses with up to $12,000 each to assist the owners with loss of revenue resulting from the May 2020 civil unrest.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Been in full operation from January 2019 to now. 
  • Be a fully operational retail/storefront business. 
  • Can not be a franchise or corporate business. 
  • Be a business with 1M in sales or less. 
  • Prove a loss income due to civil unrest between May 25, 2020 and July 20, 2020.
  • The business did not receive:NUFC Damage and Rebuild Funds or Federal or State PPP or EIDL loans or grant

Completed applications do not guarantee businesses will receive funding. The NUFC Advisory Committee will be reviewing all applications and conducting due diligence on all submissions. Available until funds are exhausted. 

If you need help completing this form or gathering the information needed to complete the form please call Isabel at 651-587-3782.

Profit & loss template https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XlgtCORAKT3hOu8Hfy2Eq8RNWOzyHuho/view?usp=sharing

Funds still available

Funds are also still available for the Damage Recovery & Rebuild and Relocation programs.

Damage Recovery Program online application

NUFC has raised over $340,000 to begin reaching at least 21 businesses. Each qualifying business can apply for up to 15K to assist the owners with paying for items such as: smoke and water cleanup, glass replacement, replacement of stolen goods, lost inventory and any other damages they experienced due to the civil unrest and to support the businesses to retain insurance coverage.

Rebuild and Relocation Program online application

NUFC has raised $500,000 to begin reaching at least 10 businesses. Each qualifying business can apply for up to 50K to assist in rebuilding efforts, from total fire loss and/or to help with relocation costs due to eviction as a result of civil unrest or gentrification activities. 

Qualifying Criteria:

  • Be a MN Secretary of State registered entity and operate small retail businesses storefront or a nonprofit with a retail or service-based business model for the last three years or more. 
  • Be located within a half-mile of Allianz Field. Businesses within half-mile of Allianz Field are the fund’s first priority. Note: If you operate a business along University Avenue Corridor and within 3 miles East of Allianz field along University Ave you are invited to apply if you provide proof your business was affected by civil unrest. 
  • Have annual sales revenue of 2M or less a year.

How to apply

  • Apply now by filling out this online application
  • Be prepared to have the following information ready when you begin application
    • 2018 business (2019 if available) business tax information
    • MN State issued ID(s) of all owners
    • MN Secretary of State Business filling
    • Documents that will support your application (property damage estimates, estimates from contractors, revenue loss, pictures of the damage, ect.)
  • Note: If you need assistance in applying please email us at info@midwayunited.org

Timeline

  • Applications can be submitted between 9/17/2020 through 12/20/2020.
  • Applicants will be notified by NUFC within 3 weeks after a confirmed and completed application is reviewed and decided upon by the NUFC Advisory Board.

Selection and Funds

  • This is a first come, first serve grant opportunity. However, submitting an application does not mean your application is approved or will be approved. All applications must be 100% completed and all information must be confirmed to be in the pool for review.  
  • If your application for Damage Recovery Program is approved the amount of your grant will not exceed 15K and may be less than 15K. The grant amount depends on actual loss experienced by the business and an accounting for other grant funds the business may have received to assist with the same challenges. 
  • If your application for Rebuild and Relocation Program is approved the amount of your grant will not exceed 50K and may be less than 50K. The grant amount depends on actual loss experienced by the business and an accounting for other grant funds the business may have received to assist with the same challenges. 

NUFC’s team of Small Business Connectors will be working with each applicant to support the process and identify other business needs. If you need help completing this form or gathering the information needed to complete the form please reach out to our Small Business Connectors Sarah Nichols, Joan Dao, and Isabel Chanslor at info@midwayunited.org

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