Greg Wagner, Director of Business and Economic Development for West Central Initiative.

July 2nd at 5 p.m. is the deadline for applying for the Small Business Relief Grant Program. The program will make $10,000 grants available to Minnesota owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and measures to combat it. Greg Wagner is director of business and economic development for the West Central Initiative, which is administering the awards in our region, and he told the KMRS Community Connection that to qualify for the grant the business has to be for-profit, based in Minnesota, with the owner of the business residing in Minnesota.

“Interestingly, if you are a farmer you are eligible for this program as well,” said Wagner. “So, as long as you are not a non-profit farm and not a hobby farm, you would be eligible for this program. As well as home-based childcare providers and any for-profit child care center would be eligible amongst the other businesses.”

Wagner said $30 million – or half of the available funds — has been set aside for grants for businesses in Greater Minnesota. To apply, either contact West Central Initiative or go to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development website and search for Small Business Relief Grants.

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