Business Assistance Grant Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Earth County has created a business assistance grant program to assist businesses in Blue Earth County adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Earth County Board retains final authority to determine if a business is eligible, and whether to approve the grant application.

Eligible business owners may apply for a one-time grant to cover operational expenses. Operational expenses may include, but are not limited to, insurance costs, legal fees, payroll, rent, utilities, property taxes, marketing/advertising, licensing fees, accounting fees, routine maintenance, travel/vehicle expenses, office supplies, repairs to existing building and equipment. Grant awards will be based on business type and employee count. Businesses must be able to demonstrate they were adversely affected by Executive Orders related to COVID-19.

Funding will be decided by the Blue Earth County Board at their regularly scheduled Board meetings as applications are determined to be eligible.

Application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on February 12, 2021. Applications must include all documents as stated in the attached application packet. Applications can be submitted by:

• Email: ckramlinger@blueearthcountymn.gov

• Drop box: located at Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse, 204 South Fifth Street, Mankato, MN 56001; or

• Mailed: Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse, Attn: Courtney Kramlinger, BEC EDA, PO Box 168, Mankato, MN 56002

Please contact Courtney Kramlinger at 507-387-8711 or ckramlinger@blueearthcountymn.gov with any questions or if additional information is needed.


Blue Earth County Business Assistance Grant Program Details

Grant awards will be based on business type and employee count (see tables below) for local businesses to cover operational expenses. Businesses will be eligible for one category only. Operational expenses may include, but are not limited to, insurance costs, legal fees, payroll, rent, utilities, property taxes, marketing/advertising, licensing fees, accounting fees, routine maintenance, travel/vehicle expenses, office supplies, repairs to existing building and equipment. Businesses must demonstrate they were adversely affected by Executive Orders related to COVID-19. Based on the number of applications and funds requested for the program, Blue Earth County may adjust the grant amounts based on availability of funds.

Businesses Closed by Executive Order 20-99(Have not received direct payments from Department of Revenue) (Breweries with taprooms, Wineries with tasting rooms, Distilleries with tasting rooms, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Bowling Centers, Caterers, Bars and Restaurants who didn’t receive Department of Revenue direct assistance and opened between April 1, 2019 – July 1, 2020)

# OF EMPLOYEES

GRANT AMOUNT

Sole proprietor

Up to $10,000

1-20 employees

Up to $15,000

21-100 employees

Up to $25,000

101-300 employees

Up to $35,000

Over 300 employees

Up to $45,000

Non-Hospitality Businesses (ex. retail, manufacturing, professional, educational, health care, transportation, construction, etc.)

# OF EMPLOYEES

GRANT AMOUNT

Sole proprietor/home based with no employees

Up to $2,000

1-20 employees

Up to $5,000

21-100 employees

Up to $7,500

101-300 employees

Up to $10,000

Over 300 employees

Up to $12,500

Hospitality (May have received direct payments from Department of Revenue) (ex. bars, breweries, wineries, restaurants, other food services, gyms, hotels and accommodations, etc.)

# OF EMPLOYEES

GRANT AMOUNT

Sole proprietor

Up to $3,000

1-20 employees

Up to $5,000

Over 20 employees

Up to $10,000

Nonprofit (ex. arts organizations, museums, fitness centers that earn revenue similar to businesses, etc.)

# OF EMPLOYEES

GRANT AMOUNT

1-2 employees

Up to $2,000

3-20 employees

Up to $5,000

21-100 employees

Up to $7,500

100+ employees

Up to $10,000

Eligible Businesses
  • Businesses operated for profit or not for profit with a physical establishment in Blue Earth County.
  • Nonprofits must be a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6)(Chambers of Commerce only), or 501(c)(19) organization.
  • Business must have been operating prior to July 1, 2020.
  • Businesses shall have no liens on file with the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Businesses/organizations should be in compliance with all State of Minnesota Executive Orders at time of application and award.
  • Businesses must have a minimum of $15,000 in revenue in 2019 or 2020.
  • Business shall demonstrate they were adversely affected by Executive Orders related to COVID-19.
  • Business shall provide documentation showing a reduction in revenue of 25% or greater for the 4th quarter of 2020 when compared to the 4th quarter of 2019 (4th quarter includes the months of October, November, December). Seasonal businesses not open in the 4th quarter will provide a detailed narrative of their 2020 Covid-19 Impact.
  • Businesses which began operating between April 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020 shall explain losses experienced in 2020 as a new business.
Ineligible Businesses
  • Businesses that primarily derive income from gambling.
  • Businesses that primarily derive income from adult entertainment.
  • Businesses that primarily derive income from pawned merchandise, tobacco or vaping products.
  • Businesses that primarily derive income from passive investments, business-to-business transactions, real estate transactions, or billboards.
  • Businesses suspended or debarred from doing work with the federal government.
  • Businesses with tax liens with the Secretary of State.
Eligible Grant Activities 
  • Grant funds can be used for operational expenses. Operational expenses may include, but are not limited to, insurance costs, legal fees, payroll, rent, utilities, property taxes, marketing/advertising, licensing fees, accounting fees, routine maintenance, travel/vehicle expenses, office supplies, repairs to existing building and equipment.
Conflict of Interest
  • Any County Board member that may indirectly or directly gain financially from grant transactions shall immediately inform the County Board of any potential conflict of interest. 
  • If a potential conflict of interest exists, all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the grant application is processed in full accordance with EDA policies, and local and State regulations.
Ranking Criteria
  • If the number of and amount of requested grant funds exceed available funds, businesses receiving prior state or federal assistance may not be recommended for assistance.