Nicollet County CARES

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package was established to provide economic and public health assistance to the American people impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provided $150 billion of financial assistance for state, local and tribal governments who are navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that:

  1. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
  2. Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
  3. Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 1, 2020.
Nicollet County has recieved $4,146,361 of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds and has established programs for their use in accordance with guidance provided by the US Department of Treasury and Minnesota Office of Management and Budget.

Business/Non-Profit

  1. Health and Safety Assistance Program
  2. Business Relief Grant Program
  3. Community Resiliency Funding Program

You may be eligible to receive supplies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Funds to procure health and safety supplies are available as a part of the CARES stimulus package. No reimbursements. Distribution of supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) will depend on available supply and community needs. Applications will be reviewed each Monday. 

We expect to offer additional weekly applications and distribution opportunities in early September. Please check back to our website for updates.

Eligibility overview:

  • Nicollet County small businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, long-term care facilities, assisted living, residential behavioral health settings, mental health facilities, and daycares. 
    • Small businesses are defined as having less than 50 employees (schools and healthcare settings are exempt from employee limit). Use total employees for all locations of that business to determine eligibility.
    • For-profit businesses with less than 50 employees are capped at a maximum supplies donation value of $1,000 for the entire duration of the program. 
  • Need for supplies and personal protective equipment to limit the spread of COVID-19 in your organization.
Please direct questions to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Team (PHEP) at hhscaresact@co.nicollet.mn.us.

To apply, fill out the following: Nicollet County CARES Act Health and Safety Supply Assistance Application

Individual/Family

  1. Child Care Funding Program
  2. Crisis Funding Program

CARES funding will be used to meet the needs of eligible individuals who are in need of child care funding due to the impact of COVID-19. The total funds are limited to the amount authorized by the Nicollet County Board of Commissioners for the emergency programs funded through the CARES Act.

For the purposes of this program, an assistance unit is defined as a party who claimed child on 2020 taxes, or an intact family living at the same address with a joint child, regardless of marital status.

The applicants must be in a situation due to the impact of COVID-19 such as: furlough, reduction of hours, loss of wages or had to stop working to act as a primary caregiver, needs child care, will lose child care or reasons that would affect gaining or maintaining employment.


To be eligible, applicant must apply and must meet all of the following conditions:

  • At least one member of the assistance unit must be a Nicollet County resident
  • At least one member of the assistance unit must meet citizenship and/or immigration requirements per the Nicollet County EA policy
  • CARES Act funds are not available for a crisis resulting from fraud or misrepresentation on the part of any assistance unit member. 
  • The need of the assistance unit is directly related to COVID-19
  • Assistance units must apply using the Nicollet County CARES Act Child Care Funding application and include all required supporting documentation to be considered

To view the entire Child Care Funding Policy please click here.

To apply, please fill out the Child Care Funding application here.

Please direct questions to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Team (PHEP) at 
hhscaresact@co.nicollet.mn.us.