After the COVID-19 pandemic closed her St. Paul art studio and storefront in March, Lori Greene started applying for every grant she could find. Months passed, with no success.
“It was definitely terrifying,” said Greene, who owns Mosaic on a Stick off Snelling Avenue. “I would apply specifically for things for women artists of color and small business owners … and they’d write me back two weeks later: ‘Thank you for applying, we only had 10 grants of this sort and we had 550 applicants.’?”
After applying twice, she learned July 16 that she’d been chosen to receive a $2,500 grant for Midway-area businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The