Financial Relief for Small Businesses (COVID-19)

The Washington County Board has approved a new round of small business grant applications for the Washington County CARES Act grant program funding.  The application period will begin October 21 at 7:30 am and will close on November 4 at 4:30 pm.

ACCESS APPLICATION HERE

To provide emergency business assistance grants to small local businesses in Washington County adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington County Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants of up to $15,000 to employee-based small businesses and $7,500 for self-employed entrepreneurs. Employee-based businesses will be prioritized for funding and self-employed entrepreneurs and home-based businesses will be wait-listed pending fund availability.

Funds can only be used for Federal CARES Act eligible COVID-19 related or incurred public health emergency business operating expenses, including rent payments, commercial mortgage payments, payments to suppliers, payments to private utility companies or other critical non-payroll business expenses (including expenses related to reopening) as approved by MCCD and the CDA. If any other COVID-19 related business assistance grant funds were received from the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, local city or township grants and/or State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Washington County funds may NOT be used for the same expenses that were paid with other sources of funds.

If you have questions about the applications, please contact MCCD by email at wccovidrelief@mccdmn.org or by phone at 612-789-8838

Washington County has consolidated the resources below to help ready and recover your business and workforce from the impacts of COVID-19. Please revisit this page often as new resources and programs become available.

Additional county resources can be found on https://www.co.washington.mn.us/3168/COVID-19 or http://www.eastmetromsp.org/covid-19-business-resources

If you have specific questions that cannot be addressed, or if there are specific industry challenges that Washington County Community Development Agency should be aware of, please email Chris Eng: ChrisE@washingtoncountycda.org