BISMARCK, N.D. – The second round of the Main Street Initiative Vibrancy Grant program is underway, the North Dakota Department of Commerce announced Monday, Nov. 16.

The Vibrancy Grants support nonprofit organizations and local governments in projects that include: public events, public art, cultural celebrations, finding uses for underutilized spaces (such as creating a park or adding trees or benches), creating community gathering spaces, promoting walking or biking, mitigating the effects of vacant or deteriorated infrastructure and more.

The Department of Commerce will accept applications through Jan. 4.

The program provides small investments to spark activity and energy in communities across the state.

“This grant opportunity provides tangible results for enhancing and improving community vibrancy, either by bringing people together for a common cause or by inspiring a sense of community investment that leads to bigger and more comprehensive improvements needed to enhance quality of life and livability,” Interim Commerce Commissioner Shawn Kessel said.

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The first round of the MSI Vibrancy Grant ended on July 31, with nine applicants recommended to receive grants totaling $13,500.

Private businesses are not eligible for funding.

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A total of $45,000 was allocated for the program over the 2020-2021 biennium, ($22,500 each year). The maximum grant award is $1,500 per community per biennium. The grant also requires a community match and all grant payments are made on a reimbursement basis.

For more on the program, go to https://belegendary.link/MainStreetVibrancyGrant