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While the federal government does not provide grants for starting or growing small businesses, one of the mechanisms in place to promote small business growth and economic development is the Community Development Financial Institution Fund managed by the US Department of the Treasury.
Community Development Financial Institutions fall into four categories:
African Development Center
CAPITAL CITY PROPERTIES
Community Reinvestment Fund, Inc
Dakota Futures, Inc.
Development Corporation for Children
Great Neighborhoods! Development Corp.
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, Inc.
Indian Land Capital Company
Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation
National New Markets Tax Credit Fund, Inc
Neighborhood Development Center
Nonprofits Assistance Fund
University National Bank
The Small Business Administration has established the Portable Assistance Program wherein they seek to provide grants to Small Business Development Lead Centers that provide services to small businesses in an effort to increase the success of small business establishments and their viability in certain communities where economic hardship is apparent and is attributable to the impact of a major disaster.
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