To provide emergency business assistance grants to small local businesses in Washington County adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington County Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants of up to $15,000 to employee-based small businesses and $7,500 for self-employed entrepreneurs. Employee-based businesses will be prioritized for funding and self-employed entrepreneurs and home-based businesses will be wait-listed pending fund availability.
Funds can only be used for Federal CARES Act eligible COVID-19 related or incurred public health emergency business operating expenses, including rent payments, mortgage payments, payments to suppliers, payments to private utility companies or other critical non-payroll business expenses (including expenses related to reopening) as approved by MCCD and the CDA. If any other COVID-19 related business assistance grant funds were received from the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, local city or township grants and/or State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Washington County funds may NOT be used for the same expenses that were paid with other sources of funds. By Federal CARES Act regulations, funds may not be used for government utility (i.e. water and sewer) expenses or for the payment of federal, state, local tax obligations which includes property and sales tax.
To apply for the grant program please click on the following link: https://mccdmn.submittable.com/submit/172029/washington-county-small-business-covid-19-relief-fund