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The Governor and the Legislature have approved an economic relief package for Minnesota businesses that includes distributions for counties to provide grants to eligible local businesses. In response, Sherburne County has established a new Business Relief Fund to provide temporary support to local businesses adversely affected by 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 2021 Business Relief Fund grants will initially be issued to two tiers of applicants:
The 2021 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:
Businesses that meet all of the following criteria as of November 1, 2020 are eligible for Tier 1 grant awards:
Businesses otherwise meeting the eligibility criteria above are NOT eligible for Tier 1 grant awards if any of the following apply (additional criteria may be applied by the County to effectuate the purpose of the Business Relief Program):
Eligible Tier 1 businesses may receive a one-time grant of up to $5,000 based on demonstrated need and for use on eligible expenses. Grant awards may not exceed the demonstrated impact on the business from COVID-19 (typically shown by loss in revenue and/or costs associated with responding to COVID-19).
Businesses and nonprofits that meet all of the following criteria as of November 1, 2020 are eligible for Tier 2 grant awards:
Businesses and nonprofits otherwise meeting the eligibility criteria above are NOT eligible for Tier 2 grant awards if any of the following apply (additional criteria may be applied by the County to effectuate the purpose of the Business Relief Program):
Eligible Tier 2 businesses and nonprofits other than sole proprietorships may receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000 based on demonstrated need and for use on eligible expenses. Grant awards may not exceed the demonstrated impact on the business or nonprofit from COVID-19 (typically shown by loss in revenue and/or costs associated with responding to COVID-19).
SUPPLEMENTAL AWARDS FOR ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES
Sherburne County must award its State-issued grant funds to eligible businesses no later than March 15, 2021. After the County has issued all awards to Tier 1 and Tier 2 applicants, the County will determine if additional 2021 Business Relief Funds remain available for distribution to local businesses and nonprofits. If sufficient funds remain, the County may, in its discretion, issue supplemental awards to eligible Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses and nonprofits that previously applied. The County will determine the appropriate amount of any supplemental grant awards for each eligible business or nonprofit based on demonstrated need as shown in the original application.
The County will issue supplemental awards based on previously-filed applications. No additional application materials are necessary, unless requested by County Administration for clarification of an applicant’s need.
All applicants must be eligible businesses or nonprofits 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 Executive Orders issued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please review and complete the entire application prior to submittal. An incomplete application will be deemed ineligible.
The applicant may be required to sign a REV185 form to verify this information if they are selected as a recipient/award dollars.
If No, you do not qualify for the 2021 Covid-19 Business Relief Fund. Do not continue the application; please call Dan Weber at 763-765-3007 with questions.
(Owner, Founder, CEO, General Manager, Partner, etc.)
Applicants will need to provide a copy of a lease or statement of lease terms, mortgage statement, property tax statement, or other documentation to show site control within the city.
The Total Amounts from 16a-e must match 16f.
The following documents must accompany an application for it to be deemed complete:
1. Business Name and Address
1. Data Privacy Notice. The County is subject to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13 (the “Minnesota Government Data Practices Act”). Under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, when businesses apply for a grant or loan from the County, the financial information about the business, including credit reports; financial statements; net worth calculations; business plans; income and expense projections; balance sheets; customer lists; income tax returns; and design, market, and feasibility studies not paid for with public funds are all private data. However, once the business receives a grant or loan from the County, the information provided will be public data, except that the following data remain private: business plans; income and expense projections not related to the financial assistance provided; customer lists; income tax returns; and design, market, and feasibility studies not paid for with public funds.
1. The Applicant shall hold Sherburne County, its officers, consultants, attorneys, and agents harmless from any and all claims arising from or in connection with the Grant Program or its Application, including but not limited to, any legal or actual violations of any State or Federal laws.
By checking the box below and by submitting an application, I hereby certify that the Business Relief Assistance is necessary due to direct and adverse effects related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that:
Name/Title of Authorized Business Representative
Signature of Authorized Business Representative
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