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Applications will close today at 11:59 p.m

Today, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) reminds businesses that today is the last day to apply for the Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant program. DEED started accepting applications on September 20th 

A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Businesses that are majority-owned by military veterans, women, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color individuals; employ 6 people or fewer; and/or did not receive previous assistance from other state relief programs will be prioritized in the selection process.

Funding will be distributed in a 50/50 split between the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota. 

Applicants that qualify and are selected will receive a grant amount between $10,000 and $25,000 based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees on staff.

To be eligible, businesses must operate in Minnesota and be majority owned by a resident of Minnesota. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found at DEED's Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program page. 

If you have questions regarding the program or the application, we have a recorded informational session available.  

If you have questions, you can email MSCRG.DEED@state.mn.us. We will also be keeping our Frequently Asked Questions updated as we get inquires.

Additionally, you will be able to find translated program information on our website in HmongSomaliSpanish, and Vietnamese. You can also watch our How To Apply For The Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant video in HmongSomali and Spanish. 

Applications will be reviewed and 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 12, 2020, in the regular course of business. 

Applications will close today, Sept. 29 at 11:59 p.m. Afterward, grant applications will be selected for consideration through a computer-generated, randomized selection process. 

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow us on Twitter.

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