Rochester neighborhoods, nonprofits, musicians and performers are being sought to apply for a new grant opportunity supported through coronavirus-relief efforts.

The city, along with RNeighbors, is taking applications for grants of up to $500 to support neighborhood-based or virtual performances by local performers who are under or unemployed.

“Live music is an integral part of Rochester and brings people together," said Rene Halasy, executive director of RNeighbors. "This is an important opportunity to not only give some musicians and performers needed work but to also serve as a neighborhood-building experience during this pandemic."

Funding is coming from a portion of the $8.8 million the city received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

While RNeighbors is a partner in the effort, applicants do not need to be a part of a registered neighborhood association.

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Grant applications will be reviewed as they come in, with the applicant being notified promptly to allow for quick implementation.

Proper physical distancing will be required for performances, and plans must align with Minnesota Department of Health guidance and the governor's executive orders.

Projects, along with a short grant summary with expense receipts for reimbursement, need to be completed by Nov. 2.

Grant applications are available online at