Local human services and public health nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and chambers of commerce and convention and visitor bureaus may be eligible for up to $10,000 with the CARES Nonprofit Relief Program.
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds this program.
***The CARES Nonprofit Relief Program is no longer accepting applications.***
County launches the second phase of the program
Phase II includes the following program changes:
- There is a change to eligible expenses. Organizations may now be eligible for reimbursement of general operating expenses, such as payroll, rent payments, etc.
- Eligible organizations expanded to include not only those with a physical location in Dakota County but also organizations that substantially serve Dakota County. To be eligible , your organization must affirm that at least 20% of the people served are Dakota County residents
- For chambers of commerce that share an Employer Identification Number (EIN) with a convention and visitor bureau, both parts of the organization are eligible to apply for this program.
Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) human services and public health nonprofits providing services to Dakota County residents or 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce or visitor bureaus serving Dakota County businesses, and:
- Are in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State, Minnesota Department of Revenue and Dakota County as of March 1, 2020.
- Have incurred additional expenses due to COVID-19 not budgeted as of March 1, 2020
- Have operating expenses, including payroll, rent or lease payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, or other critical business expenses.
- Have a permanent physical location in Dakota County or substantially serve Dakota County residents,
Nonprofit Relief Program Guidelines
The program will give up to $10,000 per organization to cover eligible expenses.
- Expenses related to facility adaptations or supplies to comply with safety guidelines
- Costs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff or people served
- Costs of technology to enable remote service delivery
- Expenses for added services necessary, such as food delivery services, mental health counseling, community outreach, etc.
- Operating expenses, including payroll, rent or lease payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, or other critical business expenses.
Expenses must be incurred between March 1 and Nov. 10, 2020 to be eligible. Funds cannot be used to replace lost revenues or expenses covered by insurance or another program.
Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26 through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. One application submitted per organization.
View an application preview.
Complete a Nonprofit Relief Grant Application
Applicants must also send evidence of good standing with the Secretary of State Office, along with their latest 990-tax form to firstname.lastname@example.org. On the subject line, state your organization's name.
A complete application contains a completed online application, evidence of good standing with the Secretary of State's office and your latest 990-tax information. We will only consider complete applications.
Phase II applications determinations will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If we meet program capacity prior to Nov. 6, Dakota County may close the process.
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