Small Business Relief Fund

Emergency funding available for local restaurants, bars, gyms, entertainment/event venues. DEADLINE 12/1/2020 at NOON

The rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout the state of Minnesota requires new public health measures to reduce the spread of the virus, including restrictions on restaurants, bars, and other food service establishments, as well as a four week closure of gyms, fitness and other indoor recreation, event, and entertainment venues.

Relevant orders include:

To reduce the economic impacts of these restrictions, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners allocated $8 million in CARES Act funds on Tuesday, November 17, to support restaurants, bars, and food service establishments.  

In addition, approximately $5 million in CARES Act funds remaining from prior Small Business Relief rounds is available to support gymnasiums, fitness facilities, and other indoor recreation, event, and entertainment venues.

Grant amounts:

  • Businesses who have not previously received Hennepin County Small Business Relief funds can apply for grants of $15,000.
  • Businesses who have previously received Hennepin County Small Business Relief funds can apply for additional grants of $10,000.

Program guidelines may be subject to change prior to the deadline. Please review this page prior to submitting an application.

Application

Click here to apply 

All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, December 1 at noon.

A randomized numbering system (i.e., lottery) will be used to select grant recipients if applications exceed available resources. 

Frequently asked questions 

Updated November 21, 2020: Click to view frequently asked questions (PDF)

More details HERE.

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