COVID-19 Response

CARES Pandemic Relief (CPR) Grant Program

Governmental entities within Kandiyohi County have received CARES Act funding from the federal government through allocations made by Governor Walz.  In Kandiyohi County, 9 cities and 22 townships, in addition to the County, have received funds to disburse.  A portion of the funds may be utilized to support small businesses and nonprofits that have experienced challenges due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s orders to reduce or close businesses. 

Several local government entities have formed a coordinated program utilizing the EDC as the application and disbursement entity for all businesses and nonprofits.

CPR Grants for Small Businesses

  • Eligible applicants may request up to $15,000 in 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.
  • Completed applications must be received by the EDC by 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2020 to be considered.
  • Applications will be considered and acted on by the EDC’s Finance Committee and the Kandiyohi 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. Businesses need to show a gross revenue reduction of at least 25% between March 1, 2020 and May 30, 2020 compared to the previous year.
  • Small businesses with up to 50 employees (Full Time Equivalents, FTEs). 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 Kandiyohi County.
  • All eligible applicants must be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State and have been operating since March 1, 2019.
  • Businesses are eligible to apply for CPR funding from only one local unit of government.

Ineligible Business Applicants

  • Lending institutions
  • Law firms
  • Accounting firms
  • Utility companies
  • Chain convenience stores
  • Residential rental properties
  • Production agriculture
  • Insurance agencies
  • Financial advisors
  • Passive investments

For the CARES ACT Application Forms and more answers to common questions and additional requirements please click on the EDC’s website