COVID-19 Business Relief Grant Program
The Blaine City Council has approved an emergency small business grant program that utilizes CARES Act dollars that have been provided to the city by the federal government. The amount of $500,000 has been allocated to the grant program which will be distributed in two different rounds with $250,000 available in each round. The maximum grant amount is $10,000.
- Applicant must be locally owned, operated, and domiciled in the State of Minnesota with a physical establishment in the City of Blaine. If there is a parent company or a second location outside of the City of Blaine, only the entity located in Blaine will be eligible.
- Applicant must be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and the Minnesota Department of Revenue as of January 1, 2020. If there is an issue pending with the Minnesota Secretary of State, applicant may still apply for the grant, but will need to demonstrate the issue has been satisfactorily resolved in order to be eligible and receive grant funds.
- If required by either the state, county, or city, applicant must be licensed, in good standing.
- Applicant must be current on property taxes as of March 1, 2020.
- Applicant must employ 50 or less full time equivalent (FTE) employees as of January 1, 2020. This requirement is waived for nonprofit organizations.
- Applicant must disclose all federal, state, or local grant or loan applications for which applicant has applied which has been received or remains pending at the time of application.
- Applicant must certify in good faith that the uncertainty of current conditions makes the grant request necessary to support ongoing operations.
- Applicant may be a sole proprietor.
- Applicant may be a nonprofit organization.
- Commercial lease or mortgage payments.
- Accounts payable (AP) if the AP is a COVID-19 related expense incurred since March 1, 2020.
- Payroll, unless the business received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds or pandemic unemployment insurance (UI) to cover the same period payroll expenses.
- Reopening costs or safety improvement costs expended since March 1, 2020 (i.e. outdoor seating, plexiglass, cleaning products, re-staffing costs, etc.)
- Non-government operating utilities or fees for those facilities interrupted or forced to shut down incurred after March 1, 2020.
- Costs associated with screening employees for COVID-19 upon business reopening.
The second application window is open from September 21 - October 2. Applications will be competitive and ranked based on criteria established by the city.
Attend a Virtual Informational Session
To learn more about this grant program please watch an informational session. Please note that this informational session was recorded during round one of grant applications, there have been some modifications to the program since the informational session.
- How is the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) being funded?
- What types of business are eligible to apply for the City of Blaine’s small business grant program?
- What types of business are ineligible to apply for the City of Blaine’s small business grant program?
- My small business employs one or more individuals on a part-time or seasonal basis. Are we eligible to apply?
- My small business does not have a physical location in the City of Blaine, but the majority of the clients/customers Blaine residents. Can we apply?
- My small business only operates on a seasonal basis, not year-round. Are we eligible to apply?
- How many employees must I employ to be eligible to apply?
- Are daycare providers, either for profit or nonprofit, able to apply?
- My business is a nonprofit. Are we eligible to apply?
- How do I determine the number of full-time equivalent employees my business must employ to determine grant eligibility and award amount?
- I own multiple business locations and my IRS 941 will show more than 50 employees. Can I apply for this grant?
- Are there limits on how the grant can be used?
- Can I apply for more than the $10,000 award ceiling?
- What types of expenses are ineligible for this grant program?
- Will this grant be considered taxable income?
- How will awardees be selected to receive funding?