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Arden Hills

Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program

The City of Arden Hills has developed a Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program that will provide $150,000 in CARES Act Funds for local businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. The application window has been extended through Tuesday, October 23 and the minimum number of employees has been reduced from three (3) to one (1). Complete applications will be considered and awarded on a first-come basis.  

Funds may be used to help businesses continue their operations, preserve employment and prevent business closures in an effort to encourage long-term economic vitality in Arden Hills.  

The program would provide locally-owned and operated businesses with an emergency grant of up to $5,000.  

To be eligible to receive a grant, a business must demonstrate loss due to COVID-19 and meet the eligibility requirements and program parameters.

Interested business owners are asked to do the following:

  • Complete and submit a Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Application (PDF) via email, or by mail or drop off to: Arden Hills City Hall, 1245 W Highway 96, Arden Hills, MN, 55112.
  • Provide proof of application submittal, acceptance, approval and/or denial of state and federal emergency financing programs. 
  • If awarded funds, the applicant would be required to sign an acknowledgment agreement under which the applicant agrees to spend the awarded funds on eligible uses.  
  • Submit a brief report documenting how the grant funds were utilized by November 30, 2020.  

For more information, visit the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Mrosla at 651-792-7822 or mmrosla@cityofardenhills.org.


Roseville

Roseville Small Business Relief Fund

The Roseville EDA is providing emergency assistance to small local businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Business Relief Fund will provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses most in need of support.

Funds will help businesses pay for critical expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers and costs associated with reopening. Providing this support will increase the capacity of small businesses with a physical location in Roseville to survive the current crisis.

We understand there is a cost to reopening your business safely. This grant will help ensure that your business can afford to operate while maintaining the social distancing guidelines for the safety of your employees and customers.

The Relief Fund will be administered by the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers’ Open to Business program, which provides technical assistance and access to capital for businesses in Roseville. 

For more information and to apply visit: http://www.growroseville.com/business/business-relief

 


Saint Paul

Small Business Support Organization COVID-19 Grants

vSmall business support organizations including business associations, chambers of commerce and community development organizations that serve small businesses can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 to use for the following expenses incurred between March 1 and September 30, 2020

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Limited utilities (gas, electricity, telephone, business internet/cable, recycling, and security systems) already paid
  • Payroll
  • Earned sick and safe time relief to employees

The City of Saint Paul has partnered with SPEDCO, a local, non-profit business finance organization, to administer the Small Business Support Organization COVID-19 grants.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 21 at 5 p.m. 

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Music Venue and Movie Theater COVID-19 Grants

Live music venues and movie theaters can apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to use for the following eligible expenses incurred between March 1 and September 30, 2020: 

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Limited utilities (gas, electricity, telephone, business internet/cable, recycling, and security systems) already paid
  • Payroll
  • Earned sick and safe time relief to employees
  • Other eligible operating expenses (including insurance, marketing, supplies, inventory, security, maintenance, and cleaning)

Applications are due Wednesday, October 21 at 5 p.m.

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Food Hall COVID-19 Grants

Food halls can apply for a grant of up to $250,000 to use for the following eligible expenses incurred between March 1 and September 30, 2020: 

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Limited utilities (gas, electricity, telephone, business internet/cable, recycling, and security systems) already paid
  • Payroll
  • Earned sick and safe time relief to employees
  • Other eligible operating expenses (including insurance, marketing, supplies, inventory, security, maintenance, and cleaning)

Applications are due Wednesday, October 21 at 5 p.m. 

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City of Saint Paul/HRA Short-Term Loan Payment Deferral Program

The City of Saint Paul and its Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) are dedicated to serving our residents and businesses throughout all stages of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To provide you or your business with greater flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City and HRA have implemented a short-term deferral program notifying all borrowers with business and rental rehab loans that no payments will be due during the months of April -June, 2020 (principal or interest). If the loan has an interest component, no interest will accrue during this 3-month period, nor will any late fees be charged. The Borrower is able to continue to make payments during this 3-month period at their discretion. Beginning in July, regular payments would commence as originally scheduled. All principal unpaid during the 3-month deferral period will accrue and be due at loan maturity.

Please contact the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Planning & Economic Development at 651-266-6565 for more information.


Ramsey County

Business4Business MSP Regional Coalition

MSP Counties and Private Sector Leaders Unite to Support Small Businesses recovering from COVID-19 pandemic

A broad alliance of Twin Cities counties, chambers of commerce, community development agencies and other partners are building a local support network to help small businesses survive and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Business4Business Minneapolis-Saint Paul (B4B MSP) coalition will connect small businesses with local resources from public agencies and private sector partners, including technical and financial assistance to provide immediate relief.

Priority outreach will be conducted in partnership with community-based organizations working in low-wealth communities, communities of color, and areas with barriers to access other small business resources.

More information available at www.Business4BusinessMSP.com


BizRecycling Relief Grants

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) has allocated funding to support small businesses that are facing financial hardship as the result of COVID-19, recent civil unrest or the economic downturn. 

One-time grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible businesses for operational expenses related to managing waste and recycling effectively.

These funds are an extension of the R&E commercial recycling program, BizRecycling. BizRecycling helps business reduce waste and improve recycling and organics collection.

Use of Funds

Businesses may apply for a grant to cover the following expenses:

  • 6-months reimbursement for recycling and organics hauling costs.
  • 6-month purchase of recyclable or compostable dinnerware or to-go packaging.
  • 6-month purchase of packaging for food recovery and donation efforts.
  • Infrastructure and equipment for use in food recovery and donation efforts.
  • Up to 10 hours per month staff wage (up to $20 an hour) for operational costs related to recycling, organics, food recovery and waste reduction efforts for a period of 6 months.
  • One hour of staff wages per staff member to receive recycling training. Training will be on-site at your business and hosted by a BizRecycling consultant. Hourly rate is an average of employees in attendance, not to exceed $20 per hour.
  • Other operational needs related to the overarching goals of waste reduction and recycling best practices, as approved by R&E.

Businesses may not use funds to pay trash hauling costs or business expenses not related to waste reduction.

Eligibility

Businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Locally-owned and operated businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties.
    • A “business” is defined to include for-profit entities and non-profit entities.
    • “Locally-owned and operated” means a business with a physical address documenting business as established in Ramsey or Washington County.
    • Multiple business locations in Ramsey and Washington Counties that are owned by the same entity are eligible for individual grants as long as each location meets all eligibility criteria.
  • Employee equivalent of 5-100 full time workers, as of March 1, 2020.
    • For businesses with multiple locations in Ramsey and/or Washington Counties, the employee equivalent is the cumulative number of employees across all locations.
  • Experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, civil unrest or the economic downturn.
  • Agree to a 30-minute site visit from a BizRecycling consultant within 6 months of receiving grant funds. The consultant will verify the use of grant funds and provide recommendations on how to reduce waste and improve waste management operations.
  • Be in compliance with the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 business operations guidance.
  • Be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and the Minnesota Department of Revenue as of March 1, 2020.

Previous BizRecycling grantees are eligible to apply for a Relief Grant. Previous grantees must be in good standing with the terms of their previous grant agreement.

Ineligible entities include home-based businesses; corporate chains (but locally owned franchise businesses are eligible); all public, private and charter K-12 schools; multi-unit residential properties; tenants in publicly owned spaces, and colleges or universities.

Additional information and to apply, visit www.bizreliefgrant.com.


Property Tax Extension

The deadline for payment of first-half property taxes for qualifying Ramsey County property owners who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis has been extended from May 15 to July 15, 2020.

Qualifying properties include:

  • Non-escrowed homesteads.
  • Non-escrowed small businesses with annual taxes less than or equal to $50,000.
  • Non-escrowed residential non-homesteads of one to three units with annual taxes less than or equal to $20,000.

An online lookup tool is available to help property owners identify if their property qualifies for the extension at taxextension.ramseycounty.us.

As is the case each year, property taxpayers can make partial payments and retain the right to appeal to the County Auditor/Treasurer for an abatement of penalty in case of exceptional hardship.

More information on property tax payments.


LISC

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

LISC will use the Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

More information here