CARES Act Grants for Businesses & Nonprofits

CARES Act Grants for Businesses & Nonprofits

Kanabec County EDA's CARES Pandemic Relief (CPR) Grant Program
The CPR program was approved by the Kanabec County EDA on 8/12/2020 with CARES Act funds allocated by the Kanabec County Board of Commissioners via Resolution #19 - 7/7/20 (link to resolution).  Eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Kanabec County could qualify for up to $10,000 in grant funds based on guidelines and criteria that are posted and downloadable as PDF document links below:

Program Guidelines (amended 8/28/2020):  CPR Guidelines for Small Businesses & Nonprofits
Business ApplicationCPR Grant Application for Small Businesses
Nonprofit Application CPR Grant Application for Nonprofit Organizations  

To request the program guidelines and application forms be sent via email, please call Heidi at 320-209-5031 (office) or 320-515-1674 (mobile) or email

The deadline to apply for the CPR Program is 4:30pm on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding CPR Program

Who can apply?
Answer:  Small businesses (50 or less employees) and nonprofit organizations (100 or less employees) with at least one physical location in Kanabec County.

Question:  How much is the grant?
Answer:  The amount of the grant award is up to $10,000 based on different criteria for businesses and nonprofits.  

Question:  How do I apply?
Answer:  Complete and submit the appropriate application (business or nonproft) posted above as soon as possible but no later than October 30, 2020.  To request the application be emailed to you, please send an email to   

Question:  What are some examples for which grant funds can be used? 
Answer:  Grant funds may be used to help businesses and nonprofts respond to COVID-19. Examples include lease or mortgage payments, front counter protection such as installation of plexiglass, technology equipment to accomodate telecommuting employees, personal protection equipment (PPE), etc.  Grants funds cannot be used for the same expenses that have already been paid using other COVID-19 relief programs.

Question:  Can grant funds be used to replace revenue lost due to COVID-19?
Yes.  Businesses and nonprofts may use grant funds to replace revenue lost dating back to March 1, 2020 but not for the same expenses that have already been paid using other COVID-19 relief programs.
Question:  What expenses cannot be paid with grant funds?
Answer:  Overdue property taxes or unemployment taxes cannot be paid with grant funds.  

Question:  Are churches eligible to apply for this program?
Answer:  Yes, chuches should use the nonprofit application.

Question:  When will applications be reviewed?
Answer:  Submitted applications will be reviewed by the EDA's subcommittee on an as-needed basis.  EDA stafff will be in contact with applicants regarding the reviewal timeline.

Question:  When will grant funds be received?
Answer:  Upon EDA subcommittee approval, the County Board will consider grant awards at their subsequent regularly scheduled meeting. EDA stafff will be in contact with applicants regarding the timeline of the award receipt. 

Question:  Who do I contact with specific questions about the CPR program?
Contact EDA staff, Heidi Steinmetz, at 320-515-1674 (mobile) or 320-209-5031 (office).  

Other COVID-19 Relief Programs

Local Programs
COVID-19 Micro Loan Fund (link to policy & application)  This program was approved by the Kanabec County EDA on 4/28/2020 with EDA funds.  This program is a 0% interest short-term (24 months) micro loan (up to $2,000) for commercial businesses affected by Governor Walz's Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08.  Loans applications will be considered on a first-come first-served basis.  As of 8/12/2020, the EDA has received zero applications for this program.   

City of Mora EDA COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund (link to City of Mora site)  This is a temporary program to provide emergency assistance to commercial businesses affected by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) will provide up to $80,000 in loans and $10,000 in grants to businesses located in city limits. The maximum loan amount per business is $4,000 at 0% interest for 24 months. Grants will be awarded at $500 per business. Businesses are eligible to apply for a loan or grant, but not both. Loans and grants will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come first-served basis and must be complete to be considered. Please email Beth Thorp  or call 320-515-2085 at the City of Mora for more information about this fund.

State Programs
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program (link to UI site) 

DEED's Small Business Loan Guarantee Program (link to DEED site

Dept. of Revenue's Sales & Use Tax COVID-19 Penalty Relief (link to Dept. of Revenue site) 

Federal Programs 
SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (link to SBA site) closed 8/8/2020

SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) (link to SBA site)  Kanabec County small business must apply for EIDL loans directly on the SBA site.  Agriculture businesses are eligible. 

EDA HoursMonday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
EDA Staff:  Heidi Steinmetz
Office Phone:  320-209-5031
Mobile Phone:  320-515-1674

Mailing Address:  

Kanabec County Courthouse
18 North Vine Street, #101
Mora, MN  55051

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