Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

CARES Pandemic Relief Grant | Douglas County - NOW CLOSED

Eligible applicants may request a CPR Grant assistance based upon need. Actual grant award will be based on number of employees, gross revenue loss, and impact to the business. CPR requested funds must not be used for expenses already covered by other grant programs. They must be used for separate and unique purposes.

 CPR Grants for Small Businesses

  • Eligible applicants may request CPR Grant assistance based upon need.
  • Actual grant awards will be based on number of employees impacted, gross revenue loss and available funding. The grant funds do not need to be paid back.
  • Requested CPR grant funding must be for expenses/loss of revenue that has not been reimbursed by another grant program.
    • Eligible expenses include PPE, rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance, payroll and other regular expenses that are difficult to pay because of COVID-19 related loss of revenue.
  • Completed applications must be received by the AAEDC by 5:00 p.m. on September 4, 2020 to be considered.
  • Applications will be considered and acted on by the AAEDC’s Finance Committee and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.
  • The status of the data supplied for CARES Act funding will be governed by MN Statute 13.591.

Eligible Business Applicants

  • For-profit businesses that can demonstrate business losses due to COVID-19. Businesses need to show a gross revenue reduction between March 1, 2020 and May 30, 2020 compared to the previous year.
  • Small businesses with up to 100 employees (Full Time Equivalents, FTEs) will be given priority. Employees for this grant program may be either W-2 employees or independent contractors.
  • All eligible applicants must have a physical, commercial location, whether owned or leased, that is located in Douglas County.
  • All eligible applicants must be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State prior to release of funding.
  • Businesses are eligible to apply for CPR funding from only one local unit of government.

***Businesses who do not meet all the criteria may still be eligible based on the nature of impact COVID-19 had on their profitability. Please contact the AAEDC for more information.

CPR Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

  • Eligible applicants may request up to $50,000 in CPR Grant assistance based upon need. Actual grant award will be based on number of employees, number of people served, urgency of needs addressed, COVID-19 organizational response and available funding.
  • A nonprofit is still eligible even if it has received other funding. However, CPR requested funds must be used for expenses not covered by other grant funding.
    • Eligible expenses include PPE, rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance, payroll, technology changes incurred for remote employees, lost revenue or fundraising due to COVID-19.
  • Completed applications must be received by the AAEDC by 5:00 p.m. on September 4, 2020 to be considered.
  • Applications will be considered and acted on by the AAEDC’s Finance Committee and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.
  • The status of the data supplied for CARES Act funding will be governed by MN Statute 13.591.

Eligible Nonprofit Applicants

  • Nonprofit organizations that can demonstrate a loss of income or increase in demand for services due to COVID‑19, or can make an impact for individuals or the community in response to COVID-19.
  • Nonprofits with up to 50 employees (Full Time Equivalents, FTEs).
  • All eligible applicants must have a physical location in Douglas County and serve the residents of Douglas County. Nonprofits may have a larger service area, but the resources awarded in this program are intended for services in Douglas County.
  • All eligible applicants must be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State or show appropriate articles of incorporation prior to release of funding.
  • Nonprofits are eligible to apply for CPR funding from only one local unit of government.

*** Nonprofits who do not meet all the criteria may still be eligible based on the nature of impact COVID-19 had on their profitability. Please contact the AAEDC for more information.

 

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