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Program: Financial Assistance - Businesses

Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021


Resource Number: 67470966
Description
ANOKA COUNTY
8/18/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
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.

9/18/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Anoka County Small Business Relief Fund offers grants to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $10,000. The application process will be a 10-day period with grants awarded on a lotery/random basis if there are more applications than funds available. Eligibility Criteria:
  • May be a for-profit business with or without employees, home-based childcare business or non-profit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(9)
  • Must be locally owned and operated with a physical establishment in Anoka County
  • Be majority owned by a permanent resident of Minnesota
  • Be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Must be licensed, in good standing and current on property taxes prior to Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • Businesses with 50 or less full-time equivalent employees
  • Must have been operating for at least 12 months prior to Sunday, March 1, 2020
Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 18, 2020. Visit website to apply.

10/2/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Blaine COVID-19 Business Relief Grant Program utilizes CARES Act dollars. Maximum grant amount is $10,000. The application window is open until October 21. Applications will be competitive and ranked based on crtiera established by the city. Visit website for eligibility crtieria, eligible expenses and application.

10/10/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Columbia Heights Business Relief Grant Program assists local small businesses with 50 or fewer employees that are suffering due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Grants up to $20,000 are offered to qualifying businesses. Grant applicants will be reviewed by a third-party non-profit and rated in accordance with grant guidelines. The application period will be Tuesday, September 22 – Friday, October 9. Apply Online.

9/19/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Coon Rapids Business Relief Grant Program helps small businesses by providing grant amounts up to $15,000 for businesses with fewer than 20 employees and up to $30,000 for businesses with between 20-100 employees. In order to be eligible for a grant, businesses must be:
  • Located in the City of Coon Rapids with a physical, bricks-and-mortar location
  • Owned by a permanent Minnesota resident
  • In good standing with the Secretary of State and Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • Current on property taxes
  • Able to demonstrate financial hardship due to the pandemic
Applications will be accepted between Tuesday, September 1 – Friday, September 18, 2020. Apply Online

CARVER COUNTY
Carver County COVID-19 Housing Relief Funding for Residents and Landlords

Assists residents and landlords of Carver County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Homeowners or renters who are behind on their mortgage or rent payments, homeowner’s association dues, or utility payments may be eligible for up to $10,000, or six months of payments, if they’ve received no previous housing support funding. Renters and homeowners who used previous support programs are eligible for up to $5,000, or three months of payments. Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • Landlords are also eligible for funding support from this program. Landlords negatively impacted by tenants not paying rent due to the pandemic can receive up to $10,000, or six months of rental payments, if they have not used any other support funding. If landlords used other funding sources, they can receive $5,000, or three months of rent, for tenants not paying due to the pandemic. Funding is available on a first-come, first serve basis. 
  • Applications open on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Interested individuals can apply online on either the Community Development Agency website or the Carver County Income Support website. Residents and landlords can find answers to common questions, eligibility requirements and program applications on either of these websites or by calling (952)448-7715. 
10/17/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for this financial assistance
Carver County Home-based Business Assistance Fund: Provides emergency financial assistance, through a $5,000 beneficiary payment, to home-based businesses located in Carver County who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be available to assist with expenses such as payroll, payment to suppliers and more. Applications will be accepted online Tuesday, October 6 - Friday, October 16, 2020. If eligible applications exceed funds available, then a radomized selection process will be used. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, October 20, 2020 if they have been selected. Apply Online

9/5/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Carver County Small Business Emergency Assistance Program: Business with less than 40 employees, $2 million in annual revenue, and have seen at least a 10% loss of revenue since Sunday, March 15, 2020 are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in funding. Funds will be available to assist with expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities, payments to suppliers and more. Applications will be accepted Monday, August 17 – Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Approved applicants will be notified by mid-September if they have been accepted. Apply Online

9/5/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Watertown Economic Development Authority CARES Business Grant Programs: The Watertown EDA has made available up to $250,000 to support local businesses in managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 3 separate programs have been developed to support businesses who have experienced financial hardship brought on by the pandemic, to support efforts at implementing mitigation efforts and encourage investment in technology that will create resiliency. Contact Shane Fineran, City Administrator, at (952)955-2690 or sfineran@watertownmn.gov for more information.
  • Business Coronavirus Relief Grant: This program will make up to $5,000 available to a business to support impacts of mitigation efforts related to the pandemic. Grant funds can be used to reimburse or pay for expenses related to changes in business practices for customer and employee safety, revenue loss, training, building enhancements and much more. Applications due by Friday, September 4, 2020. Visit website for application.
  • Pandemic Rebate Program: This program will provide up to 3 months of rebate subsidy for municipal utility bills and/or a rebate subsidy for on-sale retail alcohol licenses. Applications due by Sunday, November 1, 2020. Visit website for application.
  • Technology Infrastructure Investment Grant: This program will provide up to $5,000 for a business to make investments in technology for their business such as website enhancement or development, e-commerce tools, point of sale systems, accounting, or other human resources management software solutions. Applications due by Thursday, October 15, 2020. Visit website for application.
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
8/15/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
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.

11/6/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
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, October 26. Application deadline is 4:30 pm Friday, November 6. 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.

11/21/2020 Applications are no longer being accepted for this program
Dakota County Rental Property Support Program
offers property owners and managers housing assistance funds to help cover the cost of unpaid rent and/or fees from tenants financially impacted by COVID-19.
Eligibility:
  • Rental property in Dakota County
  • COVID-19 hardship that caused unpaid rent and/or fees from Sunday, March 1, 2020 or later
  • Tenants who are behind on rent currently live in the unit(s)
Not Eligible:
  • Units with Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
  • Project Based Section 8 Units
Visit website for application. Contact Niesha Anderson (612)767-4682 ext. 121 nanderson@housinglink.org with questions.

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.

8/29/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Rosemount CARES Business 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
Minneapolis Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Small Business Administration

Minneapolis restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses can apply for pandemic relief through the Small Business Administration’s Minneapolis Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Eligible businesses can receive funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss. Registration for the SBA application portal will begin on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 am ET. Applications will open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon ET. See How to apply for more details.
 
Priority groups include BIPOC, women and veteran owned businesses. The Minnesota District office of the SBA is offering multiple webinars to help businesses better understand the program and ask questions. Minneapolis businesses who would like support connecting to local resources should contact the Minneapolis Small Business Team at (612)673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov
 
Fact sheets in multiple languages
This program closed on November 13, 2020. There may be another round of applications being accepted.
Hennepin County Rental Property Support Program

Connecting to Hennepin County Small Businesses Resources

To learn more about other resources and initiatives in Hennepin County, visit the Hennepin County’s Resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 page.  

Hennepin County Small Business Relief Fund
To mitigate the economic impacts of additional restrictions due to COVID-19, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has allocated an additional $24.6 million in CARES Act funds for small businesses and nonprofits that have been financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses and nonprofits can apply for grant amounts as follows:
  • Sole proprietors with a physical commercial location and no W-2 employees: $10,000
  • Home-based businesses with W-2 employees: $10,000
  • Organizations with 1 or more employees, other than an owner: $15,000
Businesses that received a previous small business relief grant from Hennepin County are eligible to apply for additional funding this round. However, priority will be given to first time applicants. Businesses that applied to this fund for restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment venues that stopped taking applications on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 but did not receive a grant will be automatically considered for funding and do no need to re-apply.

Apply here beginning Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12 noon. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12 noon. Help completing the application is available here or by contacting economic.development@hennepin.us.

Minneapolis Downtown Small Business Grant Program
  • The purpose of this grant program is to provide critical support for small or independently owned businesses in the categories of restaurant and bars, retail, and venues to preserve the vitality of downtown with a focus on bridging gaps from the beginning of 2021 until the middle of 2021 when there is expected to be a return of downtown office employees who are currently working remotely due to COVID-19.
  • Companies may apply for up to 50% of eligible and anticipated expenses (up to $25,000) incurred January - June 2021. Eligible expenses include rent/mortgage payments, utilities, general business and insurance.
  • Applications will be considered from December 17, 2020 through January 15, 2021.
  • Decisions on grant awards will be prioritized between the categories of bars and restaurants, retail, and venues, with an additional priority to minority and women-owned applicants based upon fundability.
  • Decisions on grant awards will be announced at the end of January 2021 with payment of the awards immediately distributed. 
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Businesses, with a physical location open to the public, must be located within the Minneapolis downtown central business district. “Within” means either inside or on the border of the delineated streets.
  • Businesses must be a locally owned business or independently owned franchise including restaurants/bars, retail, and venues.
  • Supportive documentation will be required for eligible expenses and copies of the final paid invoices referenced in the grant application must be submitted.
  • Businesses must be willing to sign a statement of intention to operate their business in Minneapolis’ downtown through December 2021.
  • Visit website for more information and to view the geographic eligibility requirements within the Minneapolis downtown central business district map.
  • Online application
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

ISANTI COUNTY
10/1/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants

Cambridge CARES Small Business Grant Program provides financial assistance to locally owned and operated businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses:
  • Locally owned and operated businesses noted in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08
  • Certification that a business has not previously received federal or state aid for the COVID-19 related expenditures being submitted for reimbursement
  • Small business is defined as having 50 employees or less
  • Business must be a legal entity registered with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and be in good standing with that office
  • Business must be in compliance with city ordinances, codes, licensing, and must not have any delinquent taxes, bills, or other charges due to the city 
Applications received prior to Thursday, October 1, 2020 will receive first consideration under this program. The maximum award is $5,000 for eligible expenses. Apply Online

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

12/29/2020 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Ramsey County Landlord Assistance Program:
Provides 1-time grants to landlords for up to $20,000 per rental unit for tenants' missed rent payments and/or unpaid fees from March 1 - December 30, 2020 due to COVID-19. Visit website foe eligibility requirements and to request access to online application, mailed paper application or a fillable PDF application. The first round of applications are due Friday, November 13 for small landlords (owning no more than 50 units across multiple properties). The second round of applications are due Thursday, December 10 for all other landlords, including small landlords who did not apply during the first round.

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.

SAINT LOUIS COUNTY
9/9/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Saint Louis County CARES Act Community Assistance Program: Funds will be utilized to support community organizations who serve members of the community who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. These organizations include, but are not limited to, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, community based services, mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services. and those that provide services to individuals housed in board and lodges and/or connected to housing programs. CARES Act funding will be available to cover COVID-19 relared costs for organizations serving priority settings and populations, in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health priorities, with funding levels based on the number of people served. Applications deadline is 12 noon Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Apply online.

9/22/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Saint Louis County Cares CARES Small Business Assistance Program: Grants will be awarded in 2 phases to help businesses with expenses associating with adapting and continuing to operate during the pandemic, such as costs for PPE, cleaning supplies, signage, safety barriers, etc. Apply online.

Phase 1
Grant assistance will focus on businesses and non-profits with 25 or fewer full time employees. These businesses may apply for assistance equivalent to $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $25,000, for COVID-related expensues incurred by the business. Application Period: 8 am Monday, August 24 - 8 am Monday, September 7, 2020.

Phase 2
Grant assistance will focus on businesses with 100 or fewer full time employees. These businesses may apply for assistance equivalent of up to $50,000. Application Period: 8 am Tuesday, September 8 - 4:30 pm Monday, September 21, 2020.

SCOTT COUNTY
Belle Plaine CARES Business Relief Grant Program: Businesses 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

9/1/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
New Prague Economic Development Authority Small Business Recovery Fund assists small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses in the City of New Prague who meet certain criteria may receive a grant up to $7,500 to assist with recovery efforts. Funds can be used to assist with critical expenses such as payroll obligations, rent or mortgage payments, utilities and payments to suppliers. The recovery fund will be administered through NextStage, a local non-profit that provides technical assistance and support to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Minnesota. Application period begins Monday, August 17 and ends at 12 noon on Monday, August 31, 2020. Visit website for eligibility requirements and application.

10/20/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
Savage Small Business Recovery Program: 
Provides emergency assistance to small local businesses and in-home daycare providers in Savage adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is targeted specifically to local businesses who have no received assistance from other pandemic related programs and businesses who have impacts that have exceeded other assistance received. The grant application will be available Monday, September 28 - 5 pm Monday, October 19, 2020. Eligible applications will be notified by NextStage of their status on or before Monday, October 26 and awarded grant funds based on a lottery system. Apply Online

Scott County COVID-19 Business Recovery Program: Supports local small businesses that have had financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically targeting businesses who have not received assistance from other pandemic related programs and businesses who have impacts that have exceeded other assistance received. The local business assistance is being offered through the following target areas:
  • Licensed in-home childcare providers: Target Funding $1,000,000
  • Small for-profit businesses: Target Funding $3,500,000
  • For-profit farming operations: Target Funding $700,000
Scott County, in collaboration with the Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA), is working with NextStage (Program Administrator), a local non-profit businesses, to collect and review the applications, and award program grants. Apply Online

Scott County Rental Property Support: Helps rental property owners cover the cost of unpaid rent and/or fees from December, 2020 and/or January 2021, by applying for housing assistance funds on behalf of tenants financially impacted by COVID-19. Visit website for eligibility and to apply. The application will close at noon on 1/25/2021 or when funds run out. Whichever comes first.  

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

7/24/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
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.

SHERBURNE COUNTY
Sherburne County Business Relief Fund: Provides temporary support to local businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period is Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - Friday, January 22, 2021. 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.

10/1/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these loans
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 Local Business Relief Grants
Provides grants to individual businesses and non-profits located in the county that have no current tax liens on record with the Secretary fo State and are impacted by an executive order related ot the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit website to download guidelines and apply. Applications must be received by 4:30 pm Thursday, February 4, 2021.

11/5/20 Applications are no longer being accepted for these grants
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. Home-based businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs are eligible for grants of up to $7,500; however, priority will be given to employer businesses with separate non-residential property addresses.

To qualify, an applicant must:
  • Be a private for-profit business that has a permanent physical location in Washington County
  • Be able to demonstrate a significant loss in revenue since Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • 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
  • Must have at least 1 full-time equivalent employee, in addition to the owner as of Sunday, March 1, 2020, and not more than 75
  • Generate less than $5 million in annual revenue
  • Have been operating Wednesday, January 1, 2020
The online application will be available beginning at 7:30 am Wednesday, October 21 - 4:30 pm Wednesday, November 4. 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
Minnesota Convention Center Relief Grants
Temporary program established to provide economic relief for convention centers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will make grants up to $500,000 to eligible convention centers located in Minnesota. Applications must be submitted to ccrg.deed@state.mn.us by 11:59 pm Friday, January 29, 2021 to be considered. Visit website for eligibility and application.

Businesses were notified through their e-Services account by Thursday, December 31, 2020. Payments will be mailed in early January 2021.
Minnesota COVID-19 Business Relief Payments: Aid for Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, and Bowling Centers
The Minnesota Department of Revenue will send COVID-19 Business Relief Payments to eligible businesses under a $216 million economic relief package signed into law Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
Eligible business owners do not need to take any action to receive this aid. We will determine eligibility and payment amounts based on the program requirements outlined on this page. This program provides direct payments to businesses required to temporarily close or reduce services in November under Executive Order 20-99.
Businesses in the following categories — as reported by the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program — may be eligible if they meet the other program requirements: 
  • Full- and limited-service restaurants
  • Cafeterias and buffets
  • Caterers
  • Bars
  • Breweries with taprooms
  • Family wineries with tasting rooms
  • Distilleries with tasting rooms
  • Bowling centers
  • Gyms and fitness centers
To learn more about the program requirements and payment amounts click here.

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

Minnesota Movie Theater Relief Grants
Temporary program which was established to provide economic relief for move theaters adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will make up to $150,000 to eligible movie theaters (drive-in movie theaters are ineligible) located in Minnesota. Applications must be submitted to deed.mtrg@state.mn.us by 11:59 pm Friday, January 29, 2021 to be considered. Visit website for eligibility and application.

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.

1/5/2021 Applications are no longer being accepted
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
3/12/2021 Update: Funding through the American Rescue Plan economic relief package is being made available through the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Program which provides long term, low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration, funding for a new grant program specifically for bars and restaurants, funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, and makes more non-profit organizations eligible. 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.

Visit the SBA Minnesota District Office website and/or the SBA's Coronavirus Relief Options website for more information.


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