EDA Grants & Loans

Programs to help you meet your needs

Whether you are an emerging business looking for help getting started or a larger entity looking for gap financing, the City of Northfield's programs can help meet your needs.

If you have any questions about the grant and loan program, please contact our staff, and we will be happy to walk you through the options and connect you with many other financing opportunities.

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Tourism Recovery Grant Program

The purpose of the Northfield Tourism Recovery Grant Program is 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.

The City of Northfield has designated $30,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal allocation for pandemic recovery and growth.

Applications will be accepted between October 3 and October 14, 2022.

Tourism Recovery Grant Program Guidelines (English) (PDF)

Apply for the Tourism Recovery Grant

Tourism Recovery Grant Program Guidelines (Spanish) (PDF)

Solicite el Programa de Subvenciones para la Recuperación del Turismo de Northfield

Riverfront Enhancement Program

The EDA approved a new Riverfront Enhancement Program for 2022, 2023 and 2024. The program aims to strengthen, revitalize and sustain the riverfront corridor by encouraging and assisting property owners to make improvements to buildings and property within the district. By providing a financial incentive, the program will stimulate private investment and support stabilized and increased property values.

The program district comprises the entire length of the Cannon River within the Northfield city limits. The program is open to all buildings and properties directly abutting the Cannon River or public property along the riverfront. Building owners and commercial tenants with property owner’s approval can apply for a grant. For-profit and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply, as long as the grant is used for a commercial building.

This will be a reimbursement-grant program. The EDA will match private investment one-to-one up to $10,000.

Applications are accepted between April 1 and May 15 each year.

Riverfront Enhancement Program criteria (English) (PDF)

Riverfront Enhancement Program application (English/Spanish)

Solicitud del Programa de Mejora del Frente Fluvial (inglés/español)

Clement F. Shearer Micro-Grant Program

The micro-grant program is part of the EDA’s progressive business support program. It is designed to strengthen emerging businesses and position them for future growth by helping them take a significant step in developing their technical, management, or marketing capabilities. The maximum micro-grant award is $5,000.

Micro-grant funds can be used for a wide variety of purposes including, but not limited to:

  • Leasehold improvements
  • Gap financing
  • Working capital

Download Clement F. Shearer Micro-Grant Program application

Northfield Revolving Loan Fund Program

The Northfield Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF) provides low interest loans for businesses either located in, or relocating to, the City of Northfield. The purpose of this fund is to:

  • Provide gap financing to supplement conventional bank loans for new and existing business expansion
  • Retain and/or create jobs
  • Expand the local tax base
  • Encourage new business investment in the community

Download Northfield Revolving Loan Fund Program application