Are there limits to the size of grants that may be awarded?
No, there are no limits to the size of the grants. The County will determine grant amounts based on their application process.
Is my business eligible for the County Relief Funding Program?
Counties shall use the funds to make grants to individual businesses and nonprofits that, to the extent it is feasible for the county to determine:
- are located in the applicable county in the state of Minnesota or on adjacent tribal land;
- have no current tax liens on record with the secretary of state as of the time of application for a grant under this section; and
- were impacted by an executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How do I determine if a business has been impacted by COVID-19?
Impacted by Executive Orders since March 2020 related to COVID-19 includes but is not limited to:
- Being closed by any order
- Evidence of being impacted by sales or revenue declines
Does the business need to be headquartered in Minnesota?
The business must be located in the County. The owner of the business and the headquarters do not need to be located in the County. However, it is recommended that any expenditures that are made with funds distributed by the Counties be spent in the same County.
What are acceptable uses for the grant funds?
Acceptable uses include but are not limited to:
- Property Taxes
- Insurance Costs
- Legal Fees
- Licensing Fees
- Accounting Fees
- Routine Maintenance
- Travel/Vehicle Expenses
- Office Supplies
- Repairs to the existing building and equipment
How can the applicant verify if the business has any Minnesota tax liens against it with the Minnesota Office of Secretary of State (OSS)?
A person can look up tax liens by visiting the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
Does the Secretary of State charge a fee for these lien searches?
Yes, the Secretary of State charges a fee for lien searches, please visit their website for more information.
How long will grant funds be available?
Counties must make awards under this program by March 15, 2021 and complete all expenditures by April 1, 2021. Unexpended funds must be returned to the State by April 15, 2021.
What is the reporting deadline?
Counties must submit the report to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2021.
What business sectors affected by Executive Order 20-99 were listed as part of the Department of Revenue and DEED programs and what sectors could the Counties consider that have not received funding but were closed by EO 20-99?
Please see the updated list of NAICS.
What is the process and timeline for Counties to receive funds?
Counties must sign and return the certification form to email@example.com. Once received, Minnesota Management and Budget will send a payment within five business days.
Are the grants made under this program are considered taxable income?
The Grant Funds may be subject to federal and state taxes.
Are City owned businesses eligible for the County Relief Funding Program?
Counties shall use the funds to make grants to individual businesses and nonprofits.
What if I have questions about this program?
Please submit any questions or any in person requests regarding this program by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.