Neighbors United Funding Collaborative

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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


  • Applications can be submitted between 9/17/2020 through 12/20/2020.
  • 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


There is a vibrancy, and unique character to the Midway, and its history is long and vibrant which we need to protect and preserve. In addition, we need to grow along with the rest of the Twin Cities. We need to lead the change as well

Well, now we have the opportunity to make big changes in the Midway. Neighbors United Funding Collaborative present to you Midway United!

Midway United is a local fund focused on strengthening our community.

The goal of the Midway United fund is to sustain the vitality and identity of the Union Park and Hamline Midway neighborhoods. 

Midway United’s strategy is to create opportunities for local residents, small businesses and organizations to implement exciting and positive projects through grant funds and organizations which will benefit the local neighborhoods of Union Park and Hamline Midway.

The Midway United fund  is  available to Union Park and Hamline Midway residents and small businesses to improve or maintain the community we love by: 

  • Identifying an opportunity or idea
  • Creating a project
  • Designing and submitting a proposal, and
  • Organizing the community to make the project a reality. 

To learn more about the fund, email info[at]midwayunited[dot]org.

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