Dakota County Small Business Relief Grant Program

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has allocated $10 million to support small businesses that have had a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible applicants to assist with payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other operational expenses that have occurred since March 1, 2020.

Dakota County, in collaboration with the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA), are working with NextStage (Program Administrator) to collect, review, and award these grants. This initiative is being funded by Dakota County’s allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

To qualify, an applicant must:

·  Employ the equivalent of 50 or fewer full-time workers.

·  Be a private for-profit business that has a permanent physical location in Dakota County, Minnesota.

·  Be majority-owned by a permanent resident of Minnesota.

·  Be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and Minnesota Department of Revenue as of March 1, 2020.

·  Be in good standing with Dakota County and the city where the business is located.

·  Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Apply

Click the Next button at the bottom of this page to start filling out the application. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020. Only one application needs to be submitted per business. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If the number of applications exceeds the available funding, a randomized selection process will take place. All applicants will be contacted via email by August 26, 2020.


Visit: www.dakotacda.org (Frequently Asked Questions are posted and will be updated as needed)

Call: 651-675-4481

Email: smallbusiness@dakotacda.state.mn.us
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