Northeast Chamber of Commerce announces façade improvement grants

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July 3, 2013
By: Mike Munzenrider
Mike Munzenrider

The Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce is offering $42,500 in grants to improve Northeast area business storefronts.

The grants are a part of a Great Streets Façade Improvement administration contract from the City of Minneapolis, which has helped to fund business improvements in Northeast for the past two years, with more than a dozen businesses participating.

To be eligible, businesses must be located in specific areas that cover the majority of business hotspots in Northeast, including but not limited to, 29th Avenue NE and Johnson Street NE, Central Avenue NE, the East Hennepin Activity District, 13th Avenue NE and University Avenue NE, and the Grain Belt Complex.

The grants range from $1,000-$5,000 and are matching grants, either in a 1:1 ratio or a 1:2 ratio, depending on the project. Grants will be disbursed following the completion of each project.

Starting in July, grant applications are due at the beginning of the month; decisions will be announced around the 15th of each proceeding month until the full $42,500 is disbursed.

Grants are available for repairing or replacing architectural details, preserving historic details, painting, lighting, signage and other exterior improvements.

Examples of previous grants at work are the recent façade renovations at Central Avenue Liquor and Ambiente.

Projects that will not be eligible for grants include, per the city, “Alterations that have no historical basis and which seek to create a false historic appearance,” and “Covering brick or stone with vinyl, aluminum, or wood siding.”

For more information, go to www.minneapolischamber.org/facades.