Pandemic Business Assistance Grants

Administrator

Application for Pine County Business and Non-Profit Assistance Grant

Application Deadline Noon February 5, 2021


You will need to create an account, then will see our main grant opportunity landing page.  Click on the blue “apply” button on the Pine County application.
Questions on the application process please reach out to DHickman@ifound.org (218) 821-5623,  Grants@ifound.org or David.Minke@co.pine.mn.us

Pine County Business and Non-Profit Assistance Grant Program PDF

This program is funded by legislation approved in the 2020 7th special legislative session. The program provides $568,498.97 to Pine County to use to provide financial assistance to businesses and non-profits impacted by the pandemic.

Eligibility Requirements
  •  A business or non-profit with a physical establishment in Pine County. If there is a parent organization/company or a second location outside of Pine County, only the portion of the entity in Pine County is eligible.
  •  Eligible nonprofits include 501(c)(3), 501 (c) (6) and 501(c)(19) veteran’s organizations.
  • Must document a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • No outstanding tax liens .
  • In compliance with applicable Emergency Executive Orders.
  • In good standing with local ordinances.
  • If applicable, hold a valid business license.
  • Must have generated at least $10,000 in revenue in 2019 or 2020.
  • Must disclose all pandemic relief received including grants from federal, state or local sources and indicate any grant(s) applied for which are pending at the time of application.
  • Must certify in good faith that all documentation submitted is accurate and that any misrepresentations or fraudulent information will require repayment of grant funds.
  • Home-based businesses are eligible and are defined as businesses where the primary office is registered and located at the owner’s residence/property.
  • Sole proprietorship and freelance workers such as musicians and artists, who reside or maintain a workplace in Pine County, are eligible.
  • Property management companies/landlords are eligible. If a grant is used to compensate for unpaid rent, the landlord must agree to repay the grant for rent that is later collected.
Ineligible Businesses or Nonprofits
  • Businesses/nonprofits that primarily derive income from gambling or adult entertainment.
  • Agriculture, crop and livestock operations.
Funding Priority

1st priority: Businesses/nonprofits which experienced a 25% or greater reduction in gross revenue as measured by any 3-month period March 1, 2020-present vs. any 3-month period during the 12 months prior to March 1, 2020. (seasonal businesses need to compare like periods of time)

2nd priority: Businesses which experienced a reduction in gross revenue less than 25% as measured by any 3-month period March 1, 2020-present vs. any 3-month period during the 12 months prior to March 1, 2020. (seasonal businesses need to compare like periods of time)

3rd priority: Businesses which have not suffered a reduction in cross revenue, but which have not previously received any pandemic relief including federal, state, or local sources. If ranking of businesses in this group is necessary, preference will begiven to businesses which demonstrated exceptional community service response to the pandemic

4th priority: All remaining businesses. If ranking of businesses in this group is necessary, preference will begiven to businesses which demonstrated exceptional community service response to the pandemic

Grant Amounts: Grant amounts are based on the number of employees as of February 1, 2020. Any business not in existence on February 1 should use the number of employees at opening.

Maximum amounts:
  • No W-2 employees up to $10,000
  • 1-10 FTE up to $15,000
  • 11-25 FTE up to $20,000
  • 26-100 FTE up to $25,000
  • 101 or more FTE up to $30,000
The grant payments are considered taxable income.

Eligible Expenses Examples (expenses must have been incurred since October 1, 2020)
  • Mortgage or rental payments for business’s place of operation.
  • Expenses for communication or enforcement of public health orders such as signage and markings for social distancing measures.
  • Utility Payments – electric, gas, sewer, water, trash removal – for the business’s place of operation.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees or customer use, including sanitizing products, masks, face shields, gloves, etc.
  • Vehicle and equipment lease or rental payments for items rented that were unable to be used due to business interruption or new leases that were incurred in order to facilitate change in business.
  • Costs of perishable inventory disposal (those that have a limited shelf life) due to impacts from Emergency Orders.
  • Property/casualty and liability insurance.
  • Salaries/wages paid to employees.
  • Property Taxes
Ineligible Expense Examples
  • Expenses unrelated to the business operation or non-profit primary mission
  • Personal expenses
  • Durable or hard-goods inventory replacement
  • Start-up costs
  • Expenses reimbursed by any other source of grant/pandemic aid funding
Grants received from all sources must not exceed the amount of eligible expenses.

The information outlined above is a general guide. Final grant decisions will be made by the application review panel in consultation with the County Administrator. The County reserves the right to amend any criteria for eligibility as needed to best address the impact of the current pandemic, meet the intent of the legislation, and comply with any legal requirements.