Hennepin County to grant $8M to local businesses due to COVID-19 impacts

Beginning Monday, native bars, eating places, health venues, leisure venues and occasion venues can apply for grants of as much as $15,000.

HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minn. — Beginning Monday, Hennepin County companies can apply for as much as $15,000 in COVID-19 aid funds. 

The grants can be found via the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, which allotted one other $eight million in CARES Act funding to assist native companies as new COVID-19 restrictions start. 

The county has already supplied three “rounds” of grants, with the newest ending in August. 

Hennepin County leaders stated an utility type shall be accessible on-line on Monday. All purposes should be submitted by Tuesday, Dec. 1 at midday.

The funding is accessible for eating places, bars, gyms and venues. One other $5 million in CARES Act funds remaining from prior aid rounds is accessible for gyms, health amenities, and different indoor recreation, occasion, and leisure venues. 

Grant quantities will differ. Companies that haven’t already obtained Hennepin County Small Enterprise Reduction funds can apply for grants of $15,000. If a enterprise has already obtained Small Enterprise Reduction funds, they will apply for grants of $10,000. 

In line with Hennepin County, these are the eligible companies: 

  • Regionally-owned for-profit eating places, bars, and meals service institutions with 100 workers or fewer and beneath $6 million in annual income.
  • Regionally-owned for-profit gymnasiums, health amenities, and different indoor recreation, occasion, and leisure venues with 50 workers or fewer.

Ineligible companies embrace company chains, nonprofits, meals vans, home-based companies, and companies that get any earnings from grownup leisure. 

Extra eligibility standards, akin to COVID-19 preparedness plans, is accessible right here. 

In line with the Hennepin County web site, companies can use the grants for the next: 

  • Business lease/mortgage funds
  • Utilities and different non-payroll working bills
  • Provider funds
  • Private protecting tools
  • Prices to adjust to public well being steerage
  • Different COVID-19 associated expenditures  

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