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Program: Financial Assistance - Businesses

Agency: Coronavirus 2020


Resource Number: 67470966
Description
ANOKA COUNTY
Andover COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program offers locally owned and operated businesses and non-profits, within the community, a grant opportunity to address working capital needs upon the declaration of a state of emergency by the State of Minnesota and the City. All applicants must be eligible businesses with physical operations located in the City of Andover that have been operating long enough to demonstrate financial viability. Applicants must deonstrate that they were directly and adversely affected by the COVID-19 related peacetime emergency Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08, including being in an industry specifically named by those executive orders. Application deadline is 4 pm Monday, August 17, 2020. Apply online.

CHISAGO COUNTY
Chisago County Small Business Relief Grants: $10,000 grants to assist businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak are available. Grants can be used to cover expenses such as:
  • Insurance
  • Lease or mortgage payments
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Phone/internet
  • Utilities
The application must be completed and submitted to the Chisago County HRA/EDA. Visit website for eligibility quiz.

North Branch COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program helps existing businesses struggling due to COVID-19 located in the city of North Branch. Loans will be interest free and payments deferred for the first 6 months. Maximum loan amount is $5,000 per business and maximum term is 4 years. Contact Community Development Director Carla Vita at carlav@ci.north-branch.mn.us or (651)674-8113 for more information. Apply online.

DAKOTA COUNTY
Burnsville CARES Business Grant Program provides grants up to $20,000 to assist eligible businesses located in Burnsville impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may be used to cover operating expenses, including payroll, rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers or other critical business expenses including businss consulting to modify business operations as a result of the public health emergency. The City will review each applicant's request for grant funds to determine the level of assistance that will be provided. Applications are available Monday, July 27 - midnight Friday, August 14, 2020. Apply Online. Grant funds will be available on a lottery system and businesses chosen will be notified the week of Monday, September 7, 2020. Once the business is notified, the City will distribute the funds by check within 3 business days.

Dakota County Small Business Relief Grant Program will provide grants up to $10,000 to help businesses cover payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills and other operational expenses since Sunday, March 1. To qualify, businesses must:
  • Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Employ the equivalent of 50 or fewer full-time workers
  • Be a private for-profit business that has a permanent physical location in Dakota County
  • Be majority-owned by a permanent Minnesota resident
  • Be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and Minnesota Department of Revenue as of Sunday, March 1
  • Be in good standing with Dakota County and the city where the business is located
Online application will be available Monday, July 27. Application deadline is 4:30 pm Friday, August 14. If the number of applications exceeds available funding, a randomized selection process will be used. For questions, call (651)675-4481 or email smallbusiness@dakotacda.state.mn.us.

5/13/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Hastings Economic Assistance for Recovery Together (HEART) helps Hastings businesses pay for costs associated with changing business practices related to COVID-19. Businesses with fewer than 20 full-time employees can apply for a grant of up to $4,000 for expenses directly related to safely reopening, such as: building improvements, equipment and furnishings, personal protective equipment, sanitizing supplies, signage, employee training, transition to online sales, printing, advertising, and supplies needed to restart operations. All applications must be received by 5 pm Tuesday, May 12 for consideration. Funds will be disbursed on Friday, May 15. Apply online.

8/8/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Lakeville Small Business Emergency Grant Program provides emergency assistance to small local businesses in Lakeville adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants up to $10,000 will be provided to small businesses most in need of support. Funds can be used for operating expenses, including rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, personal protective equipment and other non-payroll business expenses. Eligible businesses:
  • Locally owned and operated for-profit businesses with physical establishment within Lakeville
  • Have at least 1 employee, in addition to the owner, and 25 or fewer full time exempt employees
  • Under $1 million in annual revenue
  • Operating since Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Be licensed, in good standing, and current on property taxes
  • Demonstrate a significant revenue loss since Sunday, March 15, 2020
Application is available Monday, July 27 - Friday, August 7 online. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Grantees will be notified of the grant award within 10 days.

Rosemount CARES Businss Grant Program provides grants up to $10,000 to assist eligible businesses locate din Rosemount impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may be used to cover operating expenses, including payroll, rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers or other critical business expenses including consulting to modify busines operations as a result of the public health emergency. Grant funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The City will review each applicant's request for grant funds to determine the level of assistance that will be provided. Applications will be open to businesses Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 28, 2020. Apply Online.

HENNEPIN COUNTY
5/29/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Hennepin County Small Business Relief Fund: Self-employed entrepreneurs and business owners with no additional employees will be able to apply for grants of $1,500 up to $3,000. The application period is Tuesday, May 19 – Friday, May 29 at 12 noon. Questions can be directed to HCCOVIDRelief@mccdmn.org. There are a number of small business technical assistance providers that can answer questions and assist applicants in filling out this application: Small business resource navigators (PDF). Up to $1 million total is available. If applications exceed available resources, funds will be awarded using a randomized lottery system as well as eligibility criteria. Fund recipients will be notified by email on or before Friday, June 5. To apply, visit website.

4/21/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these loans
Minneapolis Gap Funds for Small Businesses: Forgivable No-Interest Loans for Small Business comes in fixed amounts of $5,000 or $10,000, depending on need resulting from the COVID-19 emergency.

Eligibility:
  • Must be located in a designated area of Minneapolis and can check their location eligibility online
  • Must have 20 or fewer employees and/or $1 million or less in annual revenue
  • Self-employed workers are eligible
  • In good regulatory standing with the City
Apply online by 12 noon on Monday, April 20.

For information about changes to existing city loans, visit website

OLMSTED COUNTY
City of Rochester/Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) COVID-19 Emergency Economic Development Loans: Loans are used to provide assistance to small local businesses directly during the COVID-19 pandemic event. Loans are intended to be an interim financial aid to help keep businesses operating and a part of the tax base once the pandemic is over, and be able to support their employees in a time of declining or no business. Apply Online.

Keep it Local Grant Program
  • Eligibility: Small business or organization within Rochester applying for a specific service (consultations, website design, marketing plans, etc.) to be paid to another small business or service provider (or team of providers) within Rochester. For additional eligibility information visit online.
  • Application: Apply online
  • Questions: Call (507)216-9882 or email lrockwell@downtownalliance.com
RAMSEY COUNTY
5/13/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
NUFC Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants: The Neighbors United Funding Collaborative distributes emergency relief grants to businesses in the neighborhood surrounding Allianz Field that were unable to receive support through the Saint Paul Bridge Fund either because they were not selected in the lottery or they didn't qualify. Guidelines:
  • Be a small business or nonprofit with a retail or service-based business model
  • Be located within a half-mile of Allianz Field
  • Have annual revenue below $3 million per year
Applications can be submitted Monday, May 4 - Monday, May 11. Recipients should be notified by Friday, May 15 with funds released soon after. Apply Online

4/21/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Saint Paul Bridge Fund for Small Businesses: 
The Saint Paul Bridge Fund includes a $2.25 million investment to provide $7,500 grants for immediate business expenses, including but not limited to:
  • Rent/mortgage payments
  • Employee health benefits
  • Leave payments and payroll
  • Accounts payables
  • Payments due to suppliers
Eligible small business will have:
  • gross revenue of $2 million or less,
  • been in operation for the last three months in Saint Paul, and
  • had their revenues significantly impacted by COVID-19
  • For additional eligibility information, visit online for more information
Information available in multiple languages:
Download a flyer:Application Process: Apply online or call (651)266-6565 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday. Applications are accepted until April 19 at 5 pm.

SCOTT COUNTY
Belle Plaine CARES Business Relief Grant Program: Businsses in Belle Plaine can receive up to $10,000 to offset interruptions in business due to COVID-19. Grant funds can be used to pay for COVID-19 related changes to businesses, purchase of COVID-19 related supplies/equipment, website changes in response to COVID-19, businss interruption expenses relaed to COVID-19, and direct payments to childcare providers, including licensed home-based daycare. Applications will be accepted until funds are gone. Apply Online

7/24/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
City of Shakopee Small Business Relief Fund: Small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 are invited to apply for a one-time forgivable loan. The loan program will provide grants up to $15,000 to small businesses to be used for operating expenses, including rent or mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers or other critical non-payroll business expenses (including expenses related to reopening) as approved by the fund administrator. Businesses must be locally owned and operated for-profit businesses with a physical establishment in Shakopee. Additional criteria includes:
  • Must have been operating for at least 12 months prior to Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • Must be licensed, in good standing and current on property taxes
  • Must demonstrate a significant loss in revenue since Wednesday, March 25, 2020 evidence of revenue loss related to the COVID-19 emergency) 
Small businesses can apply online through 12 noon Friday, July 24, 2020. The city will notify approved applicants by email on or before July 31, 2020.

7/18/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these loans
Scott County Small Business Recovery Fund: Businesses in Scott County may receive a forgivable loan up to $5,000 through the Community Development Agency. The money can be used for payroll obligations, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, accounts payable, or other critical expenses as approved by the fund administrator. The recovery fund will be administered through NextStage, a local nonprofit that supports small businesses and entrepreneurs. A small business must demonstrate that its operations have been directly and adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s executive orders. Businesses must have a physical location within Scott County, have employed between 3-20 full-time employees as of Sunday, March 1, 2020, be under $1 million in annual revenue and have been operating for at least 6 months prior to March 1. Application period begins Monday, July 6 and ends at 12 noon Friday, July 17, 2020. Applications will be evaluated the following week. If applications exceed money available, NextStage will select recipients using a lottery. Apply Online

WASHINGTON COUNTY
5/21/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these loans
Cottage Grove Economic Development Authority (EDA)
has established a fund to provide forgivable, no-interest loans of up to $10,000 to assist eligible small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The purpose of the funds is to ensure the preservation of employment opportunities in the City of Cottage Grove through the prevention of business closures to promote long-term economic vitality in the community. Grant funds will be available on a lottery system. The deadline to apply is 4:30 pm Wednesday, May 20. Loans will be granted via  lottery system. If application is approved and funds are available, a business will be notified within 10 business days and provided with an electronic grant agreement for signature. Apply Online

5/13/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Hastings Economic Assistance for Recovery Together (HEART) helps Hastings businesses pay for costs associated with changing business practices related to COVID-19. Businesses with fewer than 20 full-time employees can apply for a grant of up to $4,000 for expenses directly related to safely reopening, such as: building improvements, equipment and furnishings, personal protective equipment, sanitizing supplies, signage, employee training, transition to online sales, printing, advertising, and supplies needed to restart operations. All applications must be received by 5 pm Tuesday, May 12 for consideration. Funds will be disbursed on Friday, May 15. Apply online.

Oakdale COVID Recovery Business Loan Program (CRBL): Provides loans up to $2,000 to eligible businesses to hep offset the cost of expenditures related to the preparation of a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Applications will be accepted Wednesday, May 27 - Wednesday, September 30. Loans will be made available based on available capital on a first come first served basis. Apply online.

Washington County Small Business Relief Grant Program: Provides grants to small businesses within the county to help them recover from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The fund will provide one-time grant awards of up to $15,000 to eligible applicants to assist with non-payroll expenses, including rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, payments to suppliers and other operational expenses that have occurred since Sunday, March 1, 2020.

To qualify, an applicant must:
  • Be a private for-profit business that has a permanent physical location in Washington County
  • Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and Minnesota Department of Revenue as of Sunday, March 1, 2020
  • Be in good standing with Washington County and the city where the business is located
  • Employ the equivalent of 50 or fewer full-time workers
  • Generate under $3.5 million in total annual revenues
The online application will be available Monday, August 10 - Monday, August 24, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply here. Applications will be managed by Tyler Hilsabeck, Open to Business - Business Advisor, at the Washington County Community Development Agency. For questions, call (612)789-8838 or email wccovidrelief@mccdmn.org.

STATEWIDE
4/24/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
American Farmland Trust Farmer Relief Fund
  • Will award farmers with cash grants up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the Coronavirus crisis
  • Initially, eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores or makers who use farm products as inputs.
  • Initial application round available until Thursday, April 23, with grants beginning to made by Friday, May 1
  • Apply for the Fund
Bank of America: Offers assistance to clients through its Client Assistance Program. Working on a case-by case basis, additional assistance for clients impacted by the coronavirus includes:
  • Auto Loans: Clients can request to defer payments, with payments added to the end of the loan
  • Consumer and Small Business Credit Cards: Clients can request to defer payments; refunds on late fees
  • Consumer and Small Business Deposit Accounts: Clients can request refunds including overdraft fees, non-sufficient funds fees and monthly maintenance fees
  • Foreclosure sales, evictions and repossessions have been paused
  • Mortgages and Home Equity: Clients can request to defer payments, with payments added to the end of the loan
  • Small Business Loans: Clients can request to defer payments; refunds on late fees
  • In all of the these instances, there will be no negative credit bureau reporting for up-to-date clients
  • Client Resources
7/7/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Minnesota Department of Human Services Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG): 
The Minnesota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division, has approximately $700,000 in available funds. Individual grant requests may be for any amount up to $25,000. Funding under this grant may be used to enhance provider telehealth services including buying equipment to enhance provider capacity and to increase services via telemedicine, and other telepresence equipment to support agency operations. This funding may also be used to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff use while delivering services, to upgrade provider IT capacity including purchasing small IT equipment to provide services. To apply for this funding, a provider must be a non-profit agency that provides comprehensive community mental health services and supports to adults living with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or children with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. Providers providing services to culturally specific communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to provide immediate relief to providers. All funds must be spent by Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Applications are due by 12 noon Monday, July 6, 2020. it is anticipated successful applicants will be notified by Monday, July 13, 2020. Apply Online

7/3/20: Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will oversee the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program approved by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The program will make available $10,000 grants to Minnesota owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of $60.3 million is available for grant awards which will be selected through a computer-generated, randomized selection process. Awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills and other similar expenses that occur or have occurred since Sunday, March 1, 2020, in the regular course of business. These are grants and no repayment will be required. Applications will be accepted by law for a 10-day period beginning Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, July 2, 2020. Visit website to apply, review eligibility criteria, and view frequently asked questions and answers.

Pfund Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund: Micro grants to individuals and nonprofits that are most affected by the Coronavirus. The first round of grants is prioritizing the communities listed below, all of whom are particularly impacted by this crisis:
  • Low income residents, including those without health insurance and/or access to sick days
  • Low income works in disproportionally impacted industries, such as health care and the service industry, as well as gig-economy workers
  • Residents with greater health risks, including people over age 60, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant people
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People with disabilities
  • Communities of color
  • Undocumented workers and families
The Board of Directors and Pfund staff will dedicate time and resources in reading each application with the goal of having checks in the hands of recipients within a week. Grants are made on a rolling basis. As fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as the situation evolves. Apply Online

Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans for Small Businesses: SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. To learn more about the process for accessing SBA's COVID-19 disaster relief lending, go here. For additional information, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer center. Call (800)659-2955 (TTY (800)877-8339) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.



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