ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Northwest Minnesota Foundation to host Regional Q&A

Northwest Minnesota Foundation staff will host a Regional Q&A via Zoom web-conferencing to present and walk through the details of Minnesota’s Main Street Revitalization program, which aims to support economic development and redevelopment from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation web art

BEMIDJI -- Northwest Minnesota Foundation staff will host a Regional Q&A via Zoom web-conferencing to present and walk through the details of Minnesota’s Main Street Revitalization program, which aims to support economic development and redevelopment from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Registration is not required. Interested participants should log into the zoom meeting through this link: https://bit.ly/3fqBKoh

Administered through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the grant program aims to fund development that will jumpstart and accelerate economic growth, thus bolstering Minnesota’s economy, which has had one of its most tumultuous 18 months in modern memory. There is $80 million available statewide, with no more than $40 million available in this first round; greater Minnesota will be allocated a percentage of that $40 million, a release said.

Projects that support economic development, and redevelopment projects that deliver the most economic impact in communities with the greatest needs due to conditions that have arisen since March 2020, will be considered under the following qualifying conditions: widespread arson and civil unrest, natural disasters, major employer closures and commercial space vacancies, and COVID-19 impacts on travel, tourism, retail and accommodation, the release said.

Projects may receive the following, depending on the amount available in the region:

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 30% matching grants up to $750,000 per project
  • 80% loan guarantees for up to a $2,000,000 loan per project
  • Loan capital sourced from other non-state or federal sources
  • Loan guarantees with a maximum period of 15 years from the origination of the loan
  • Grants must be matched with nonstate funds at 200% of the state’s portion of the grant

Allowable expenditures include the repair or renovation of real estate property, building construction, landscaping and streetscaping, demolition and site preparation, predesign and design, engineering, infrastructure, and related site amenities. Ineligible are the costs to purchase real estate or business operations or business operating expenses, such as inventory, wages and working capital.
Eligible recipients include businesses, developers, and nonprofit organizations; partner organizations (such as NMF) and local units of government are not eligible.

What To Read Next
The Bemidji City Council heard six options Monday evening for the future of the city hall and fire station, sparked by the deterioration of both buildings and flood damage last spring.
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation will begin accepting applications to its scholarship funds starting Feb. 1. Scholarships housed at NMF in 2022 issued 240 awards, totaling $288,000.
The Beltrami County Jail has been ordered to reduce inmate capacity after a Minnesota DOC investigation showed that the jail's minimum staffing requirements were not met on several occasions.
Denae Alamano, executive director of United Way of Bemidji Area, has been named board president for the United Ways of Minnesota.