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Pine County Opens Final Round of Cares Act Grant Funding

From Pine County:

Pine County businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 can apply to receive financial assistance to help with expenses incurred during the pandemic.

This final round of funding opens Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., and will close at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 5, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and grants awarded on a rolling first come, first serve basis.

The Business Assistance program grants will provide up to $10,000 to reimburse businesses for costs related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses include physical modifications to continue operations, hardware and software purchases, disinfecting/sanitation supplies, and similar expenses. Additionally, up to three months of rent/mortgage/utility payments can be reimbursed.

The business assistance program is expanded to include businesses with up to 250 employees. Businesses must be headquartered in Pine County and conduct the majority of their business in Pine County.

The Non-Profit Assistance Program will provide up to $5,000 to non-profits financially impacted by the pandemic. The grant can reimburse direct expenses such as physical modifications to continue operations, hardware and software purchases, disinfecting/sanitation supplies, and rent/mortgage/utility payments.

Additionally, the grant can be used to make up lost income and fundraising revenue.

To be eligible, non-profits must be recognized as a 501 (c)(3), (c)(4), or veterans organizations as defined by the IRS and have a physical presence in Pine County.

Organizations awarded a grant in an earlier round of the program are not eligible for this round. Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,500. The grants will reimburse direct costs for personal protection equipment, hand sanitizer, and similar measures to protect members.

The grants will also reimburse technology to improve digital access such as equipment needed to stream services.

The on-line applications are available on Pine County’s web page

Questions on the grants should be directed to Don Hickman at the Initiative Foundation, (320) 631-2043.

In addition to the grants, businesses can apply for coaching assistance and for assistance to develop an effective online presence. This service is provided by the Small Small Business (SSB) Community. For more information on this program and to apply, contact Becky Schueller at (320) 322-4040.

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