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Sherburne County Business Relief Fund Grant Application


  1. 1. Information
  2. 2. Minimum Requirements
  3. 3. Applicant Information
  4. 4. Business Information
  5. 5. Financial Information
  6. 6. COVID-19 Impact
  7. 7. Supporting Documents & Grant Report
  8. 8. Data Privacy & Applicant Acknowledgements
  • Information

    1. Please use the following browsers; Google Chrome, FireFox, Safari, or Edge to complete the Application.

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      Please complete the application and submit it in one sitting. You will not be able to save your progress.

    2. Business Relief Fund Guidelines

      The purpose of the Sherburne County Business Relief Fund is to provide temporary support to local businesses adversely affected the COVID-19 pandemic. The County’s goal is to help businesses survive the economic crisis caused by the pandemic and to provide a means for them to re-open under public health guidance and protocols.

      The Business Relief Fund will be administered through the County Administrator’s office. Business owners who have questions or need assistance in completing applications should contact:

        Sherburne County Administration
        Attn: Dan Weber, Assistant County Administrator
        13880 Business Center Drive
        Elk River, MN 55330
      Businesses are also strongly encouraged to apply for all other available COVID-19 related funding such as the Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the Paycheck Protection Program, and the State of Minnesota Business Emergency Loan program. Businesses applying for funds through these programs are still eligible to receive a grant from the County, but may not use County grant funds for eligible expenses covered by other Local, State or Federal funds.

      Eligible Businesses

      Businesses must meet all of the following criteria as of March 1, 2020 to be eligible for grant funds:

        1. Be able to demonstrate that the business was directly and adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
        2. Have a physical commercial or industrial location in Sherburne County.
        3. Be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State and not be debarred by the State of Minnesota.
        4. Sole proprietors may be eligible for up to 50% of the grant max if they meet all other program criteria.
        5. Be current on all property taxes, bills, or charges due to the County from February 1, 2020 or prior.
      Ineligible businesses include the following (this is a non-exclusive list):

      • Non-profit organizations
      • Independent contractors
      • Corporate chains and/or multi-state chains
      • Businesses that derive income from passive investments; real estate transactions; property rentals or property management; billboards; or lobbying

      Amount of Grant and Use of Grant Funds

      Eligible businesses may receive a one-time grant of up to $30,000 based on demonstrated need and for use on eligible expenses.

      Funds may be used for rent or mortgage payments, payroll for current employees, working capital and operational costs such as inventory and utility payments.

      Funds may not be used for Agriculture (crop or livestock production, etc.), purchasing machinery or vehicles, moving expenses, land acquisition, or the payment of property taxes.

      The County will determine in its discretion the appropriate amount of a grant and the eligible costs and expenses for each eligible business.

      Application Process
      • Applications will be accepted beginning September 8 through October 31, 2020.
      • Applicants must submit an application form via the web available here: .
      • Applicants must include the following information:
        1. Basic details about the business;
        2. Information on current operations including whether the business is currently closed or is providing reduced services;
        3. Narrative descriptions and estimated calculations of the negative impacts on the business due to COVID-19; and
        4. Information on the intended use of the grant funds.
      • Applicants will be notified within approximately two weeks if the application is approved.
      • The failure to submit required documentation will result in forfeiture of grant award.


      Businesses owners receiving grant funds must sign an agreement form acknowledging that the business will use the grant funds only for eligible costs and expenses not already covered by other Federal, State or Local funds and agreeing to provide a report to the County on the use of the grant funds. The County will require business owners to provide proof that grant funds were used only for eligible costs and expenses.

    3. Sherburne County Business Relief Fund Grant Application

    4. Program Information:

      All grants awarded are for the purpose of working capital and intended to replace cash flow used for operating costs that existed at the time of the peacetime emergency declaration made through Executive Order 20-01. Such costs may include current payroll obligations, lease or mortgage payments, utilities, accounts payable and other critical business expenses that can’t be paid as a direct result of the current health emergency. This program is subject to applicable state and local peacetime emergency executive orders.

    5. Eligibility Notes:

      All applicants must be eligible businesses with physical operations located in Sherburne County that have been operating long enough to demonstrate financial viability. Applicants must demonstrate 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.