Neighbors United Funding Collaborative

NUFC Small Business Economic Justice Grants

The Neighbors United Funding Collaborative is accepting grant applications from Small Businesses in the Midway and Union Park areas starting now through 12/20/2020 or until grand funds are exhausted.

Damage Recovery Program

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

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 are within 3 miles of Allianz Field 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[at]midwayunited[dot]org

Timeline

  • Applications can be submitted between 9/17/2020 through 12/20/2020- Or until grant funds are distributed
  • 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[at]midwayunited[dot]org

FAQ's (updated 1/20/2021)

Mission: The Neighbors United Funding Collaborative (NUFC) exists to provide funding to residents, local businesses, and community organizations who bring forth innovative ideas and projects focusing on economic development, placemaking, public art, preventing displacement, and preserving what we all love most about our community.

What area does it focus on?

  • Roughly the half mile around Allianz Stadium.

How does it work?

  • Hamline Midway Coalition (HMC) received the funds, transferred them to the NUFC fund at St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation. The NUFC Advisory Committee receives applications and makes grant recommendations to the Union Park District Council (UPDC). UPDC approves the applications and disburses the funds.  

Is the original fund accepting donations?

  • No, the original fund stopped accepting donations in July. However, if you would like to continue to support the work of NUFC, you can do so here

Why two funds?

  • The NUFC fund created by HMC & UPDC decided to stop accepting donations a little more than a month after the murder of George Flloyd and the resulting unrest. The NUFC Advisory Committee desired to continue the work of the NUFC and contracted with Nexus Community Partners to serve as a fiscal agent for the group. HMC & UPDC have no relationship with the fund held by Nexus Community Partners, which includes any funds raised after July 3, 2020. 

NUFC Advisory Committee

Who is on the NUFC Advisory Committee?

  • Chauntyll Allen, Mark Martinez, Adrian Perryman, Omar Syed. 

Are you interested in joining NUFC?

  • Apply here. To find out more about the position click here.

Grant Applications

Are you a business or non-profit in need?

  • Apply here.
  • Click here to find more about who qualifies.
  • Although the application deadline was originally Dec. 20, 2020, NUFC continues to welcome grant applications until these funds have been exhausted. If you have any questions please contact fund manager Isabel Chanslor at info[at]midwayunited[dot]org or 651-587-3782.


What is the process of approving a grant?

  • The business applies through this link. The application is reviewed and recommended by the NUFC Advisory Committee. The Executive Committee of the UPDC approves the application and requests that the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation disburse the funds to UPDC. UPDC receives the check and issues a check to the business. 

How are applications evaluated?

  • Click here to find out.