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2021 Sherburne County COVID-19 Business Relief Fund Application

Steps

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

    1. 2021 Sherburne County Business Relief Fund Application

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    3. Business Relief Fund Guidelines

      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:

        Tier 1 businesses are those that were required to close as a result of Executive Order 20-99 and that will receive a direct business relief payment from the State. Because these businesses are receiving State payments, they will receive a smaller grant from the County fund. The County will, however, prioritize and expedite these requests in order to provide temporary relief to Tier 1 businesses while they await State payments.
        Tier 2 businesses are those that are not eligible to receive direct business relief payments from the State under the State’s program. These businesses will receive a larger grant from the County fund.


      After the County has processed all applications for Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses, the County may issue supplemental awards to those businesses if funds remain in the County’s Business Relief Fund after the initial round of grants. This second phase of grant funding will be done in the County’s discretion based on information in existing, or supplemental, applications in order to ensure that the County is able to distribute any remaining funds in the County’s program to local businesses prior to March 15, 2021.

      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:

        Sherburne County Administration
        Attn: Dan Weber, Assistant County Administrator
        13880 Business Center
        Sherburne County, MN 55330
        763-765-3007

      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 may require business owners to provide proof that grant funds were used only for eligible costs and expenses.

    4. Tier 1

      IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES CLOSED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-99

    5. Eligible Businesses

      Businesses that meet all of the following criteria as of November 1, 2020 are eligible for Tier 1 grant awards:

      1. The business was required to temporarily close or eliminate in-person services under Executive Order 20-99, section 7(c)(iii), including restaurants, bars, breweries, gyms and fitness centers;
      2. The business has been or anticipates that it will be notified that it is eligible to receive a Business Relief Payment from the Minnesota Department of Revenue under the State program (https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/covid-19-business-relief-payments);
      3. The business is able to demonstrate that it was directly and adversely affected by an Executive Order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;*
      4. The business has a physical commercial or industrial location (based on property tax classification) in Sherburne County.
      5. The business is registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State and is not debarred by the State of Minnesota;
      6. The business has at least two Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) (30+ hours per week) and no more than fifty FTE employees at the physical location in Sherburne County: and
      7. The business has no current tax liens on record with the Minnesota Secretary of State and all required licenses and permits are in good standing.

      * Businesses in existence prior to 2020 may demonstrate impact by submitting November/December 2019 and November/December 2020 profit and loss or sales data. New businesses may demonstrate impact by submitting anticipated business plan revenue or sales data and actual revenue or sales data.

    6. Ineligible Businesses

      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):

      • Businesses where delivery or takeout was the primary source of activity and/or primary source of revenue prior to March 1, 2020.
      • Independent Contractors.
      • Franchise owned corporate chains and/or multi-state chains.
      • Nonprofits.
      • Businesses that do NOT receive business relief payments directly from the State of Minnesota under the State’s 2021 business relief program.

    7. Amount of Grant and Use of Grant Funds

      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).


      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, or land acquisition.


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

    8. Application Process

      • The application period will begin on December 30, 2020 and will close on January 22, 2021.
      • Applicants must include the following information:
        • Basic details about the business.
        • Affirmation that the business was required to temporarily close or eliminate in-person services under Executive Order 20-99, section 7(c)(iii).
        • Affirmation that the business is eligible to receive a Business Relief Payment from the Minnesota Department of Revenue under the State program.
        • Information on current operations including whether the business is currently closed or is providing reduced services.
        • Narrative descriptions and estimated calculations of the negative impacts on the business due to COVID-19.
        • Information on the intended use of the grant funds.
        • Affirmation that drive-thru, take-out and/or delivery services account for less than 50% of revenues prior to March 1, 2020.
      • Applicants must submit the following:
        • Evidence of revenue loss related to COVID-19 or other documentation demonstrating the impact the COVID-19 pandemic.
        • Any additional documentation or information deemed necessary by County Administration to determine eligibility, generate grant documents, disburse grant proceeds, or meet program reporting requirements.
        • Failure to submit the required documentation will result in forfeiture of grant eligibility.
      • Applicants will be notified within approximately two weeks whether the application is approved. Grants will be issued on a rolling basis.

    9. TIER 2

      Relief for Businesses and Nonprofits Not Receiving Awards from the State

    10. Eligible Businesses and Nonprofits

      Businesses and nonprofits that meet all of the following criteria as of November 1, 2020 are eligible for Tier 2 grant awards:

      1. The business does not meet all of the eligibility criteria for Tier 1 grant awards
      2. The business or nonprofit is not eligible to receive a Business Relief Payment directly from the Minnesota Department of Revenue under the State program (https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/covid-19-business-relief-payments);
      3. The business or nonprofit is able to demonstrate that it was directly and adversely affected by an Executive Order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;*
      4. The business or nonprofit has a physical commercial or industrial location (based on property tax classification) in Sherburne County.
      5. The business or nonprofit is registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State and is not debarred by the State of Minnesota:
      6. The business or nonprofit has no more than fifty FTE employees at the physical location in Sherburne County: and
      7. The business or nonprofit has no current tax liens on record with the Minnesota Secretary of State and all required licenses and permits are in good standing.
      8. Nonprofits must also demonstrate that they earn revenue in a manner similar to businesses, such as through membership dues.


      * Businesses in existence prior to 2020 may demonstrate impact by submitting November/December 2019 and November/December 2020 profit and loss or sales data. New businesses may demonstrate impact by submitting anticipated business plan revenue or sales data and actual revenue or sales data.

    11. Ineligible Businesses

      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):

      • Businesses where delivery or takeout was the primary source of activity and/or primary source of revenue prior to March 1, 2020.
      • Independent Contractors.
      • Franchise owned corporate chains and/or multi-state chains.
      • Businesses and nonprofits that derive income from passive investments; real estate transactions; property rentals or property management; billboards; or lobbying.
      • Businesses that receive business relief payments directly from the State of Minnesota under the State’s 2021 business relief program.
      • Youth sports programs.

    12. Amount of Grant and Use of Grant Funds

      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).


      Eligible Tier 2 businesses and nonprofits that are sole proprietorships may receive a one-time grant of up to $5,000 based on demonstrated need and for use on eligible expenses. Grant awards for sole proprietorships may not exceed 50% of 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).


      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, or land acquisition.


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

      Any business receiving a Tier 2 Grant award that also receives direct payment from the State under the State program must immediately notify Dan Weber in Sherburne Administration at (763) 765-3007.

    13. Application Process

      • The application period will begin on December 30, 2020 and will close on January 22, 2021.
      • Applicants must include the following information:
        • Basic details about the business or nonprofit.
        • Affirmation that the business is not eligible to receive a Business Relief Payment from the Minnesota Department of Revenue under the State program.
        • Information demonstrating that the business or nonprofit was directly and adversely affected by an Executive Order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
        • Information on current operations including whether the business or nonprofit is currently closed or is providing reduced services.
        • The business or nonprofit must be currently operating in some capacity relating to its normal business activities.
        • Narrative descriptions and estimated calculations of the negative impacts on the business or nonprofit due to COVID-19.
        • Information on the intended use of the grant funds.
        • Affirmation that drive-thru, take-out and/or delivery services account for less than 50% of revenues prior to March 1, 2020.
      • Applicants must submit the following:
        • Evidence of revenue loss related to COVID 19 or other documentation demonstrating the impact the COVID-19 pandemic.
        • Any additional documentation or information deemed necessary by County Administration to determine eligibility, generate grant documents, disburse grant proceeds, or meet program reporting requirements.
        • Failure to submit the required documentation will result in forfeiture of grant eligibility.
      • Applicants will be notified within approximately two weeks whether the application is approved. Grants will be issued on a rolling basis.

    14. ROUND 2 AWARDS

      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 may also, in its discretion, extend or re-open the application period for awards to eligible Tier 2 businesses that did not previously apply or for eligible businesses that received a Tier 1 grant, but whose State grant did not meet the full extent of their demonstrated need.


      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.


      Supplemental awards, if any, will be issued prior to March 15, 2021.

    15. Eligibility Notes:

      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.