Small Business Grants

Dakota County Small Business Relief Grant Program

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has allocated $10 million to support small businesses that have had a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible applicants to assist with payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other operational expenses that have occurred since March 1, 2020.

Dakota County, in collaboration with the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA), are working with NextStage (Program Administrator) to collect, review, and award these grants. This initiative is being funded by Dakota County’s allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Thank you to local and federal legislators for their efforts to secure this funding for Dakota County businesses.

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Employ the equivalent of 50 or fewer full-time workers.
  • Be a private for-profit business that has a permanent physical location in Dakota County, Minnesota.
  • Be majority owned by a permanent resident of Minnesota.
  • Be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and Minnesota Department of Revenue as of March 1, 2020.
  • Be in good standing with Dakota County and the city where the business is located.
  • Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Apply

Small Business Relief Grant application – English

Small Business Relief Grant application – Spanish

Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020. Only one application needs to be submitted per business. Submitting multiple applications does not improve your chances of being awarded funds. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If the number of applications exceeds the available funding, a randomized selection process will take place. All applicants will be contacted via email by August 26, 2020.

Documents

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Program Guidelines (PDF)

Press Release (PDF)

Sample Application (PDF)

Questions?

Call: 651-675-4481
Email: smallbusiness@dakotacda.state.mn.us

City Grant Programs

City of Burnsville – Grants up to $20,000. Applications accepted through August 14, 2020.

City of Farmington – Applications from the Dakota County Small Business Relief Program will be used to award up to $500,000 in funds allocated from the city.

City of Hastings – Applications from the Dakota County Small Business Relief Program will be used to award up to $250,000 in funds allocated from the city.

City of Lakeville – Grants up to $10,000. Application period is July 27 – August 7. Eligible applications will be awarded grant funds based on a first come, first-served basis.

City of Mendota Heights – Applications from the Dakota County Small Business Relief Program will be used to award up to $85,500 in funds allocated from the city.

City of Rosemount – Grants up to $10,000. Application period is August 10 – 28. Eligible applications will be awarded grant funds based on a first come, first-served basis.