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:
- Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
- 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
- Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 1, 2020.
- Health and Safety Assistance Program
- Business Relief Grant Program
- 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.
To apply, fill out the following: Nicollet County CARES Act Health and Safety Supply Assistance Application
CARES funding is being used to provide assistance to small for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Nicollet County adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants of up to $10,000 will be provided for eligible expenses to:
Businesses without employees (self-employed persons, sole proprietors, independent contractors, homebased business, etc.): Grants of up to $5,000.
Businesses with 1-20 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in addition to the owner: Grants of up to $10,000.
For-profit or not-for-profit business with a physical establishment in Nicollet County. Not-for-profit businesses must have at least one FTE employee to qualify. Self-employed persons, sole proprietors, independent contractors and homebased business must have a physical establishment in Nicollet County or be a resident of Nicollet County.
Must have been operating prior to March 1, 2020.
Must be licensed (if applicable) and in good standing as of March 1, 2020. Must be current and active with any required business registrations with the Office of Secretary of State as of March 1, 2020. Must be current on property taxes prior to July 15, 2020 (if applicable).
The business must demonstrate it experienced business interruptions or was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by:
- Fully or partially suspending operations in 2020 due to an executive order issued by the Governor of Minnesota between March 16, 2020 and August 31, 2020; OR
- Experienced a reduction in gross revenue of 25% or greater for two calendar months between March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020 as compared to the same calendar months in 2019.
For a complete list of program requirements and eligibility, please click here.
The County will host two online informational sessions to provide an overview of the grant program as well as the application process. The sessions will be recorded and posted to the County website in the event that you are not able to attend. Applicants are encouraged to watch this online session before applying. You can register for a session here.
- Wednesday, September 16, 12 pm – 1 pm
- Thursday, September 24, 9 am – 10 am
- A recording of the informational session is available here.
To apply, complete the Nicollet County CARES Business Relief Grant Program Application by clicking here.
The application period will be September 14, 2020 to October 2, 2020. It’s anticipated that funds will be distributed in October.
Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose: Nicollet County received federal CARES funding and is allocating up to $100,000 to community mental health, chemical dependency, and housing programs to help achieve their missions and build community resilience.
Process: A completed application and proposal should be submitted to Cassandra Sassenberg (Cassandra.email@example.com) by October 15, 2020.
To be eligible, an organization must apply and must meet all of the following conditions:
- Applicants must be located in Nicollet County or be contractually serving Nicollet County residents
- Applicants must provide services specific to mental health, chemical dependency, or housing
- Applicants must have expenditures that are reasonably necessary as a result of COVID-19 and costs substantially more than would be typically expended that weren’t accounted for in a budget.
- There must be no other funding streams available for the COVID-19 expenditures claimed in the application/proposal.
- Applicants must certify that they have not received and do not anticipate receiving other funds for the COVID-19 expenditures claimed in the application/proposal.
Proposals must include:
- An attestation that the organization has not received and does not anticipate receiving other funds for the COVID-19 expenditures claimed in the proposal.
- A description of the necessary expenditures that are substantially more than you would typically spend and their connection to COVID-19.
- Agencies may not receive funding through this opportunity and the Nicollet County business relief grant program.
- Your name, address and the amount of assistance you receive are considered public data under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. We cannot release any private data you submit unless you give us permission on a separate consent form.
- The applicant acknowledges that Nicollet County retains final authority to determine if an applicant is eligible or not, whether to approve a grant or not and how much the grant amount should be.
- Nicollet County has the right to verify any information contained in your proposal and to request additional information including invoices and receipts to substantiate expenses incurred. Failure to provide the information required may result in the denial of a proposal or repayment of the funds. The applicant agrees to provide Nicollet County any documentation needed to complete an audit of funds awarded.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may be eligible to receive financial assistance for CARES Act Crisis Funding through Nicollet County. Funds are available as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) stimulus package.
- Loss or reduction of income directly related to COVID-19
- Eviction, foreclosure, utility shut-off, and/or housing needs
- Air conditioner, furnace, and/or vehicle repairs
- Funeral expenses related to COVID-19
- Current Nicollet County resident
- Current household income below 275% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
Complete and sign this application and attach all required supporting documentation in order to request financial assistance for Nicollet County CARES Act Crisis Funding. Completing an application does not guarantee approval of assistance. You will be notified if you are approved. You may be required to apply for additional funding programs prior to receiving approval for CARES Act Crisis Funding. Program runs from August 1, 2020-November 15th 2020, or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Maximum award per household is $4,000.00. Households found eligible are able to receive funds from this program one time only.To view the entire Crisis Funding Policy please click here.
To apply for Crisis Funding please fill out the following two applications:
- Combined Application Form (CAF) for Emergency Assistance/Emergency General Assistance here
- Crisis Funding application here