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Grant funds available to local communities for main street revitalization

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REGIONAL — Northland Foundation is seeking input from northeastern Minnesota communities that are interested in being part of a Main Street Economic Revitalization Program. Northland could serve as the fiscal agent on behalf of area communities to tap into a second round of statewide funds being made available for projects in the region.

If awarded a grant from the state, Northland Foundation could offer grants or guaranteed loans to area communities to cover a significant portion of the project costs related to:

• Repair or renovation of
real property
• Building construction
• Landscaping and streetscaping • Demolition and site
preparation
• Predesign and design

• Engineering
• Infrastructure
• Related site amenities
Qualifying conditions
within communities include
but are not limited to:
• Major plant closures,
significant commercial
vacancy increases, and/or
loss of economic anchor
institutions
• COVID-19 impacts on
travel, tourism, retail and
accommodation
• Widespread property
damage due to fire, flood,
arson, civil unrest and/or
natural disasters

Regional success story

Virginia Community Foundation applied in the first round of funding and was awarded $1,794,100. The foundation will in turn provide grants to businesses in the commercial corridors of the city of Virginia to support economic recovery from widespread damage due to fire and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Informational sessions

Local elected officials and members of an EDA or other community organization may attend one of two sessions to explore being a part of the second round of Main Street Economic Revitalization grant funding. Northland Foundation is eager to help area communities tap into this funding.

• Wednesday, January 19,
10 – 11:30 a.m. Join via
Zoom at us06web.
zoom.us/j/88694140856#-
success.
• Friday, January 21, 10 –
11:30 a.m. Join via Zoom
at us02web.zoom.
us/j/2322588835#success.

An in-person option is available for the January 21 meeting, which will be held at the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS), 5525 Emerald Ave., Mountain Iron. Pre-register by emailing michael@northlandfdn.org.

Learn more about the Minnesota Main Street Revitalization Program at www. mn.gov/deed.

Source: The Ranger, a publication of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation.

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