The Lewiston EDA, with the assistance of CEDA team member Dusty Liston, has secured over $13,000 in funding for three community projects in Lewiston. Liston led the application process for three distinct grants, resulting in funding for the installation of new decorative city banners, two hydration stations, and new and improved swing sets at the city’s parks.
The first grant, worth $2,000, was awarded by MiEnergy and Dairyland Power Cooperative for purchasing new decorative city banners that will be placed throughout Lewiston. These banners aim to beautify the city and create a more welcoming atmosphere for visitors.
The second grant, valued at $4,800, was awarded by the Minnesota Department of Health and will finance the installation of two hydration stations at St. John’s Lutheran School and City Hall. Liston’s efforts in pursuing this grant will provide cleaner drinking water and reduce the use of single-use plastics at these locations.
The Winona Community Foundation awarded a $6,872.50 grant, which will fund new and improved swing sets at the city’s parks, offering safer recreation options for kids and their families in the city.
Lewiston EDA chair John Nienow stated that the EDA will continue to pursue small grants to improve the city’s amenities, building on a track record of success. “The Lewiston EDA will continue to pursue more small grants for the city and assist other small businesses in town with receiving them too. We believe that the citizens of Lewiston will be pleased with a cleaner drinking option both at the community center and the school,” Nienow said.
Liston’s commitment to securing these grants has supported economic development and growth in Lewiston. The EDA’s mission is to support existing businesses in the City of Lewiston and attract new businesses to enhance the city’s economic strength. Thanks to CEDA’s efforts, the community will soon enjoy the benefits of these new projects.
“It is my pleasure working on these small grants to improve the city’s economic development opportunities and visibility,” Liston said. “We want more people to come and check out this great town!”