Brooklyn Center nonprofit ACER receives DEED grant for revitalization


4:00 p.m. | Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded the first round of grants to help stimulate community revitalization.

The $ 80 million statewide economic redevelopment program provides grants to partner organizations to establish programs with specific communities which, in turn, will fund economic development and redevelopment projects.

“Main streets in Minnesota are key engines of growth, and many of them have suffered in the past 18 months,” said ACT Commissioner Steve Grove in a press release. “These grants and loans will create jobs and help spur investment in key trade corridors across the state.

The program provides grants to partner nonprofit organizations to fund 30% matching grants up to $ 750,000 as well as loans. Grants and loans can be used for repair or renovation of properties, construction of buildings, landscaping, engineering, infrastructure and design work.

African Career, Education and Resource Incorporated, or ACER, received $ 312,000 to distribute the funds to businesses in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center.

The nonprofit organization operates in the Brooklyn Center. Distribution will be made to businesses to support economic recovery after COVID-19 and social unrest. Some stores and businesses in the Brooklyn Center were destroyed or badly damaged after the police shooting against Daunte Wright last April.

Other first round recipients include Destination Medical Center Economic Agency in Rochester, Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Inc, Heartland Lakes Development Commission in Park Rapids, Minneapolis Foundation, St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation in Hutchinson and Virginia Community Foundation.

See also: Brooklyn Park Nonprofit Works to Increase Immunizations Among Immigrants

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