Business or non-profit organization must be one of the following types of entities: Restaurant, Entertainment, Museum, Bar, Event Center/Facility, Sport Instruction Facility, Dance Facility, Bowling Alley, Gym, or certain types of Non-Profits (read program detail below to determine if you non-profit is eligible).
Entity must have 35 or less full-time equivalent employees.
Business/Organization must be locally owned and operated and have a physical establishment in McLeod County. "Locally owned" is defined as the ownership group being located within McLeod or a bordering county. Locally owned and operated franchise businesses are eligible. One application per business tax ID number will be accepted.
Applicant must be able to demonstrate and document a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in relation to the Emergency Executive Order 20-99 shutdown requirements.
Applicant must be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State with no outstanding tax liens filed against the organization.
Business/Organization must be compliant with all State of Minnesota Executive Orders, both at the time of application and after they receive assistance. If found in violation of any Executive Orders, they will be responsible for paying back any funding received under this program.
As required, Applicant must be licensed and in good standing with all local city or county ordinances.
Business or non-profit must operate from a physical location within McLeod County.
Business or non-profit must have the majority (over 50%) of their sales in-person (vs. online).
Business or non-profit must have been in operation no later than December of 2020, and continue to be in operation.
Businesses/Organizations that opened during the pandemic are eligible. However, the applicant must provide clear documentation of how the pandemic impacted the operating expenses of the organization. No start-up costs will be considered.
Eligible non-profits include 501(c)3 and 501(c)9 veteran's organizations, as well as Chamber of Commerce organizations under 501(c)6.
Businesses that primarily derive income from gambling or adult entertainment.
Corporate chains, multi-state chains (however, locally owned and operated franchise businesses are eligible).
Businesses that derive income from passive investments; real estate transactions; commercial property rentals or commercial property management; billboards; or lobbying.
501(c)6 non-profits (except Chamber of Commerce entities).
Applicant Information to Provide
Must disclose all federal, state, or local grants received since March 2020 and grants for which they have applied, or are eligible to receive automatically, but remain pending at the time of this application.
Must provide a Profit & Loss statement for Quarter 4 of 2019 and Quarter 4 of 2020 (if business was not operational in 2019, must provide all available Profit & Loss statements for each quarter of 2020 in operation).
Must provide Sales and Use Tax filings for Quarter 4 of 2019 and Quarter 4 of 2020 (if business was not operational in 2019, must provide all available Sales and Use Tax filings for 2020).
Must provide a signed IRS Form W-9 if no previous county funding has been received.
Must attest to, and certify in good faith that all documentation submitted is accurate and that any misrepresentations or fraudulent information will require recoupment of funds.
IMPORTANT NOTE: McLeod County reserves the right to revise these guidelines as needed to best address the impact to businesses of the current pandemic.