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Minnesota Cultural Mall Operator Grants

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will oversee the Main Street Cultural Mall Operator COVID Relief Grant Program as part of the Main Street COVID Relief Grant program approved by the Minnesota State Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz on June 30, 2021.

This program will make grants up to $300,000 to Minnesota-based operators (not tenants) of privately owned, permanent indoor retail space and food markets that have an ethnic cultural emphasis. A total of $3 million is available for grant awards.

This program is no longer accepting applications. The deadline to submit application was November 5. If your organization submitted an application you will be notified whether or not you are eligible to receive a grant by December 1, 2021.

Awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Up to $25,000 of grant funds received by cultural mall operators can be used for the operator's own working capital expenses. The remainder of grant funds must be used to maintain existing tenants of the operator through the issuing of credits or forgiveness of rent.

In order to receive benefits through the operator grant, a tenant must meet the same eligibility requirements as applicants for the COVID Relief Grant Program. The maximum amount of benefits a tenant can receive is $25,000 in rent credit or rent forgiveness.

NOTE

The owner(s) of eligible facilities can apply for a grant through the Cultural Mall Operator Grants Program, NOT the Main Street COVID Relief Grant program. The tenants of eligible cultural mall facilities should NOT apply through the Cultural Mall Operator COVID Relief Grant Program.

Tenants of any permanent indoor retail space who meet all the other requirements of the COVID Relief Grant Program are eligible to receive a grant from that program. However eligible business can only receive up to $25,000 in assistance in total.

IF YOU ARE A TENANT OF A PERMANENT INDOOR RETAIL SPACE, DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION THROUGH THE CULTURAL MALL OPERATOR GRANT PROGRAM.

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