Phase 3: St. Louis County Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants

St. Louis County received and has now distributed $3.8 million from the State of Minnesota to provide economic relief to eligible businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 See the Small Business Relief section below for additional information and list of the 749 businesses and non-profits that received grants.

CARES Act funds

St. Louis County has successfully allocated the $24.5 million from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The County Board-approved plan included distributing funds for Small Business Assistance, Community Assistance (including schools) and Individual Assistance.

Community Assistance

CARES Act Community Assistance Program

St. Louis County CARES Act Community Assistance funds are being utilized to support community organizations who serve members of our community who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

These organizations include, but are not limited to, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools, community based services, mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services, and those that provide services to individuals housed in our board and lodges and/or connected to our housing programs.
The intent is to strengthen organizations in our core human service areas that have been (and continue to be) particularly impacted by this emergency as they modify services so that they can continue to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities.

CARES Act funds are to be used to cover COVID-19 related costs for organizations serving priority settings and populations, in accordance with MDH priorities, with funding levels based on the number of people served.

Phone: 218-726-2033




Individual Assistance

St. Louis County has been utilizing two funding sources to help people who are behind in rent, mortgage, and utilities due to COVID-19.

COVID19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)
MN Housing awarded St. Louis County $3.2 million in CHAP funding to assist households impacted by COVID-19. The deadline to apply is December 7, 2020.

Households in public housing, Section 8, Bridges and other subsidized housing programs are not eligible for CHAP funding. If you do not live in subsidized housing (e.g. section 8 voucher, rent is determined by income), apply now for CHAP funding here:  

For questions or assistance with CHAP application, call 2-1-1.

CARES Individual Assistance
The application period for CARES Individual Assistance has ended. St. Louis County was able to use CARES Act funds to meet the emergency needs of eligible individuals and families who are residents of St. Louis County. A total of $89,254.45 was distributed to landlords, mortgage companies, utility companies, licensed repair person, etc. on behalf of the eligible individuals/families who applied. 

For more information on eligible expenses:

Individual Assistance Program Guidelines 


Phone: 218-726-2033



Small Business Relief Grants

Assistance for Small Business  

St. Louis County Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants 

The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners approved $10 million in Small Business COVID Relief Grants which were distributed in three (3) phases to qualifying businesses adversely impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase 1: Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants (Closed)   

Phase 1 grant assistance focused on businesses and non-profits with 25 or fewer full time employees. These businesses could apply for assistance equivalent to $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $25,000, for COVID-19 related expenses incurred by the business such as to purchase PPE, cleaning supplies, signage and safety barriers.

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Phase 2: Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants (Closed

Phase 2 grant assistance focused on providing emergency financial assistance of up to $50,000 to businesses and non-profits with 100 or fewer employees. Eligible expenses included direct COVID-19 related expenses incurred by businesses such as PPE, signage, health-screening, 50% of rent, mortgage, utilities and and business interruption expenses incurred as a result of a government shut-down or COVID-19 related closure.

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Phase 3: Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants (Closed) 

The State of Minnesota provided St. Louis County with approximately $3.8 million to assist county businesses and non-profits that were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds were distributed as part of Phase 3 of county assistance to local businesses and non-profits.

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Phone: 218-725-5000