Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

Douglas County Business Relief Grant

Douglas County approved the Business Relief Grant program for businesses located in Douglas County.

This program makes a one time grant up to $25,000, depending on volume of applications and availability of funds. Businesses must certify they have experienced a financial hardship due to being directed to close their business or modify their business operations directly related to MN Executive Order 20-99 or a subsequent order.

A business may apply for a grant even if they have received funds from the Department of Revenue or DEED. The business may be required to sign a REV185 form to verify this information if there is a future audit conducted. Those funds have been released. If you have an appeal, you can submit it here.



General Requirements:

  • Business/applicant must have a physical location in Douglas County.
  • Business/applicant must be in good standing with MN Secretary of State Department as of the time of application (no tax liens on record have been filed).
  • Business/applicant must have been impacted, directly or indirectly, by an executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Business must show a revenue loss 4th Quarter 2020 compared to 2019.

Priority will be given to businesses that are directed to be closed and defined within the MN Executive Order 20-99. 

Businesses who have been indirectly impacted by executive orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible. These businesses must certify that they have incurred costs related to the pandemic and have suffered a loss in revenue 4th quarter 2020 compared to 2019. Businesses indirectly impacted by executive orders is defined as a business that derives income from sales of goods or services to businesses that were fully or partially closed by an executive order.

Non-profit organizations, such as but not limited to theatres, museums, and fitness centers, that earn revenue similar to businesses, including but not limited to ticket sales and memberships fees.

Applications will be evaluated primarily on Revenue Decline from 4th Quarter 2019 to 2020.  However, data will be collected on several other factors that may influence the award amount such as COVID Relief funding to-date, business sector and employee count.

If you have questions on whether you are eligible, please contact us.


Before you begin!!

As part of the application, you must submit a profit and loss for 4th quarter 2019 and 2020. You can submit your own profit and loss, but if you do not have one, use the spreadsheet provided below. New businesses may demonstrate impact by submitting anticipated business plan revenue or sales data and actual revenue or sales data.

You must also submit a W-9 provided below. Fill out the form and save it to your computer BEFORE starting the application. You will upload it as part of the application.

You must know your NAICS code: NAICS & SIC Identification Tools | NAICS Association

Your application will not be complete or valid without these two documents. Have them ready before starting the application.

Applications close on January 29 @ 5:00 PM

Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used to cover costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as; payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, insurance, and other operational expenses that occur during March 1 through December 31, 2020. This is a grant, and no repayment will be required.

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