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  • Hannah Kamath

Celebrating The Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

In 2022, 38th Street United was honored to be among the organizations that worked to connect local businesses with Main Street Grants from the Main Street Economic Revitalization Program. These grants, made possible by funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)’s Main Street Economic Revitalization Program, are part of a $96 million public-private campaign of grants and loans led by the Minneapolis Foundation in partnership with LISC Twin Cities, Propel Nonprofits, and community-led advisory committees (one of which was 38th Street United!).


Check out this list of 38th Street businesses and organizations who were awarded grants last year. Visit their websites and/or make a donation to celebrate and support their work!
  • THE ALIVENESS PROJECT: $180,000 to support the expansion and redesign of its existing building near 38th and Chicago.

  • CHICAGO AVENUE FIRE ARTS CENTER: $150,000 to support the renovation of its existing facility and new construction of a 500-square-foot adjacent structure near 38th and Chicago.

  • CULTURAL WELLNESS CENTER: $750,000 to support construction of a 12,000-square-foot facility for cultural healing, career development, and business incubation near 38th and Chicago.

  • JAKEENO’S INC.: $60,750 to support exterior and interior renovations to its existing building near 38th and Chicago.

  • SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES: $750,000 to support construction of a 20,000-square-foot Federally Qualified Health Center near 38th and Chicago that will provide free and low-cost medical services to the uninsured and under-insured.

  • WADO LLC: $18,701 to support renovation and landscaping of its existing building near 38th and Chicago.


We want to take a moment to highlight the Main Street Grant Review Panel at 38th Street United. Our deepest appreciation goes to Titilayo Bediako, Cara Carlson, Sayge Carroll, Marie Denholm, Susan Heineman, Valentina McKenzie, Nesret Theba, and Tabitha Montgomery for their work to review and provide guidance on grant applications through this process.


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