The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the opening of applications for the new Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program.

This program will make available $10,000 grants to Minnesotan 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 March 1, 2020, in the regular course of business. These are grants and no repayment will be required.

Who Can Apply?

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Employ the equivalent of 50 or fewer full-time workers.
  • Be a private for-profit business that has a permanent physical location in Minnesota.
  • 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 as of March 1, 2020.
  • Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

When and How Do You Apply?

Applications for the Small Business Relief Grant Program are now open and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. You can access the application here.

Questions?

You can find more information about eligibility and frequently asked questions on DEED’s website here.

 

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