COVID-19 Business Relief Grant Program

Koochiching County has received $256,250 of funding through the State of Minnesota for the purpose of providing business relief grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations that suffered a financial loss caused by COVID-19 related Executive Orders. Koochiching County has established a Business Grant Program designed to provide funding for businesses/organizations located in Koochiching County. 


Grant Guidelines
Grant Application
FAQs
W-9 Form
Instructions for W-9 Form
DOR Form REV185b

 

Grant Eligibility:

  • Have a physical establishment in Koochiching County.
  • Have no current tax lien with the Secretary of State.
  • Have been financially impacted by a COVID-19 related Executive Order.
  • Eligible Non-profit organizations include 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 Veteran’s organizations, 501(c)8 fraternal organizations, 501(c)6 business association organizations.
  • Non-profits, non-profit art organizations and nonprofit museums that earn revenue similar to businesses, including but not limited to ticket sales and membership fees. 

Grant Ineligibility:

  • Agriculture crop and livestock operations.
  • Corporate/multi-state chains except those owned by a local franchisee.
  • Finance, insurance and real estate businesses.
  • Property rentals or property management.
  • Government entities.
  • Businesses that earn a majority of their income from online transactions.
  • Businesses or non-profits that earn a majority of their income from gambling.

 

Acceptable uses: Grant funds must be used by the eligible business or nonprofit for operations expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples follow:

  • Licensing Fees
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Payroll
  • Property Taxes
  • Rent
  • Repairs to the existing building and equipment
  • Supplies
  • Utilities
  • Other reasonable operating expenses

 

Documentation Required:

  • Completed Application by February 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
  • IRS Form W9
  • 2019 and 2020 Profit and Loss Statement or other documentation to substantiate 2019 and 2020 Gross and Net Income

 

Factors Considering in Awarding Grant Award Prioritization:

 

  1. Businesses or organizations that have not received assistance from the State COVID-19 Business Relief Payments or entities that may have received assistance but for various reasons need further assistance. 
  2. Businesses impacted by the most recent Executive Order 20-99. 
  3. Non-profits, non-profit art organizations and nonprofit museums that earn revenue similar to businesses, including but not limited to ticket sales and membership fees. 
  4. Other businesses meeting eligibility criteria.