Make Your Business Merry Microgrant

As we move into the bustle of the holiday season (and just in time for Winter Walk on December 9), the Friends of Downtown Northfield are excited to announce a microgrant opportunity for eligible downtown businesses with the Make Your Business Merry Microgrants.

Downtown businesses can apply for reimbursement of up to $100 for exterior or interior seasonal decorations to be on display in their business storefront throughout the winter season.

We want to help businesses enhance their space, attract more customers, and contribute to the overall winter aesthetic of our downtown district. The added bonus is that anything purchased can be used by the business for years to come.

Let us help you get winter (and Winter Walk) ready!

Businesses interested in applying for the microgrant should complete this application form by 4:00 PM, Friday, December 2, 2022.

Selected businesses will be notified by December 3, 2022. Purchases must be made by December 8, 2022 (previous purchases made between November 1 – December 1, 2022, will be considered for reimbursement if original receipts are submitted).

For questions or more information, please email: info@nddc.org

Program Details and Criteria

To be eligible to apply, businesses must:

  • Be located in the C1 zoning district (indicated in pink on this map)
  • Be a brick-and-mortar business or nonprofit with a public-facing storefront

Preference will be given to first-floor retail or service businesses that are participating in Winter Walk on December 9.

Additional program details:

  • The Friends of Downtown Northfield will reimburse businesses for purchases of interior or exterior storefront decorations (eligible purchases include holiday lights, window paint, flocking, winter or holiday décor items, and/or materials to create DIY decorations), up to $100.
  • Any items purchased for exterior use must comply with city safety, accessibility and design standards for sidewalks and storefronts and not impede/infringe upon access to any business or residence.
  • Items must be purchased between 11/1/2022 – 12/08/2022.
  • Items purchased will remain property of the business.
  • Businesses will be responsible for the purchase, installation, takedown, and storage of any items purchased.
  • Original receipts must be submitted along with a completed grant report form for reimbursement.

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.

Give to the Max Day 2022

Over the past year, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) rebranded to better achieve our mission and vision, maintain Northfield’s Main Street America™ accreditation and Minnesota Main Street designation, and thrive as a nonprofit organization that advocates for Northfield’s downtown district. We need your help to bring the mission to life!

As the Friends of Downtown Northfield, we have formalized our longstanding collaboration with the City of Northfield by adding a city staffer to our board. This creates efficiencies and deepens our partnership on economic development and downtown design efforts. We worked with the local communications agency Neuger on our rebranding as we refreshed our mission and partnership.

We have a goal to raise $1,979 for Give to the Max Day 2022 (to honor the year our downtown was listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and we can’t do it without your help. Donations of $5, $10, $197.90, or any amount will help us reach that goal. Follow this link to make your donation: https://give.mn/hd9ykf. Thank you for your support over the years as we continue to serve downtown Northfield!

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.

 

 

Northfield Tourism Recovery Grant

The City of Northfield just opened a Tourism Recovery Grant Program to provide financial incentives to organizations adversely impacted by the COVID- 19 pandemic that operate within the tourism sector. The goal of the program is to help the recovery and reinvest within the tourism industry that makes Northfield unique.
$30,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal allocation for pandemic recovery and growth has been designated for this program.
Applications will be accepted until October 14, 2022. Read more about the guidelines and apply for a Tourism Recovery grant at the City website.