McLeod County Coronavirus Relief Fund Information

Mcleod County LogoMcLeod County Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Program for Eligible Businesses and Non-Profits

Businesses and non-profits in McLeod County were eligible to apply for grant funds through the CARES Act allocation given to McLeod County in Fall 2020; at the end of December 2020, the State of Minnesota allocated additional funds of $709,749.09 (including administrative cost allocation) to McLeod County. These funds are to be distributed as grants to businesses and non-profits, based on certain eligibility criteria (minus the administrative costs to McLeod County). To learn if your business or non-profit is eligible for a portion of these funds, please read below, follow the approval process through our online application, and review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Funds awarded shall be used for operating expenses that were incurred during the most recent State of Minnesota Emergency Executive Order (20-99) shutdown requirements (such as expenses for rent, mortgage, utilities, payroll, payments to suppliers, and other similar costs that occur in the regular course of business). Preference will be given to entities that did not receive funding from other federal, state, or other relevant sources due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County will require business owners to provide proof of need and loss, financial statements and tax filings, business documentation, NAICS code, Form W-9,  along with the requirement to provide a Form REV185b upon request. Eligible entities must have been affected directly by the most recent Executive Order (20-99) shutdown orders.

Applications accepted January 21, 2021 through February 1, 2021

All applications must be complete and include all requirements upon submission. Late applications will not be accepted. All applications and required application materials must be submitted electronically. Paper document submissions will not be accepted.

Complete the application for grant funds

Review the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the McLeod County Coronavirus Relief Fund Program

Grant Funding Program

This information is intended to be general guidance. Final grant recommendations will be made by the McLeod County Coronavirus Relief Fund Committee, final decisions will be made by the McLeod County Board of Commissioners. Applications will be reviewed at the close of the application acceptance period; only complete applications will be reviewed. Late or amended applications will not be accepted.  

Priority will be given to those impacted by Executive Order 20-99 (November 2020) OR who experienced a 20% or more reduction in revenue in 2020 in comparison to 2019 AND did not receive direct payments from the State of Minnesota through the recent COVID-19 related Business Relief Programs through the Department of Revenue. Amounts of the grants will be based upon number of eligible applicants, the need demonstrated on the Profit & Loss statement and the narrative within the application. The State has requested that Counties do not rely on an equal distribution model for this round of funding.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Business or non-profit organization must be one of the following types of entities: Restaurant, Entertainment, Museum, Bar, Event Center/Facility, Sport Instruction Facility, Dance Facility, Bowling Alley, or Gym.
  • Entity must have 35 or less full-time equivalent employees.
  • Business/Organization must be locally owned and operated and have a physical establishment in McLeod County. "Locally owned" is defined as the ownership group being located within McLeod or a bordering county. Locally owned and operated franchise businesses are eligible. One application per business tax ID number will be accepted.
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate and document a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in relation to the Emergency Executive Order 20-99 shutdown requirements.
  • Applicant must be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State with no outstanding tax liens filed against the organization.
  • Business/Organization must be compliant with all State of Minnesota Executive Orders, both at the time of application and after they receive assistance. If found in violation of any Executive Orders, they will be responsible for paying back any funding received under this program.
  • As required, Applicant must be licensed and in good standing with all local city or county ordinances.
  • Business or non-profit must operate from a physical location within McLeod County.
  • Business or non-profit must have the majority (over 50%) of their sales in-person (vs. online).
  • Business or non-profit must have been in operation no later than December of 2020, and continue to be in operation.
  • Businesses/Organizations that opened during the pandemic are eligible. However, the applicant must provide clear documentation of how the pandemic impacted the operating expenses of the organization. No start-up costs will be considered.
  • Eligible non-profits include 501(c)3 and 501(c)9 veteran's organizations, as well as Chamber of Commerce organizations under 501(c)6.

Ineligible Businesses/Organizations

  • Businesses that primarily derive income from gambling or adult entertainment.
  • Corporate chains, multi-state chains (however, locally owned and operated franchise businesses are eligible).
  • Businesses that derive income from passive investments; real estate transactions; commercial property rentals or commercial property management; billboards; or lobbying.
  • 501(c)6 non-profits (except Chamber of Commerce entities).

Applicant Information to Provide

  • Must disclose all federal, state, or local grants received since March 2020 and grants for which they have applied, or are eligible to receive automatically, but remain pending at the time of this application.
  • Must provide a Profit & Loss statement for Quarter 4 of 2019 and Quarter 4 of 2020 (if business was not operational in 2019, must provide all available Profit & Loss statements for each quarter of 2020 in operation).
  • Must provide Sales and Use Tax filings for Quarter 4 of 2019 and Quarter 4 of 2020 (if business was not operational in 2019, must provide all available Sales and Use Tax filings for 2020).
  • Must provide a signed IRS Form W-9 if no previous county funding has been received.
  • Must attest to, and certify in good faith that all documentation submitted is accurate and that any misrepresentations or fraudulent information will require recoupment of funds.

IMPORTANT NOTE: McLeod County reserves the right to revise these guidelines as needed to best address the impact to businesses of the current pandemic.