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CARES Act Grant Opportunities in Minnesota

CARES Act Grant Opportunties and Deadlines by County

Through the CARES Act that was passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota counties (and other local governments) received CARES funding to spend on government services impacted by COVID-19, as well as to distribute to businesses and nonprofits in their communities.

A handful of counties still have open nonprofit CARES grant opportunities - while each is spending their allocations differently, most are distributing funds to cover rent, utilities, PPE, etc., and are giving around $5,000-$10,000. Each county will have specific guidelines, so please follow the individual links for more.

NOTE: A number of these counties are considering doing two rounds of grants, so there may be another opportunity later this fall. Please check individual websites for updated information.


  • Chisago
    • Funds for small businesses and nonprofits
    • Deadline: Sept 21
  • Clay
    • Funds for small businesses and nonprofits
    • Deadline: Sept 7
  • Crow Wing
    • Nonprofits
    • Deadline: September 18
  • Dakota
    • Nonprofits
    • Deadline: Opens September 7 at 8 a.m. - October 2, 2020
  • Goodhue
    • Small businesses and nonprofits
    • Deadline: first serve basis until the funds are depleted or noon on October 31, 2020
  • Kanabec
    • Small businesses (50 or less employees) and nonprofit organizations 
    • Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020.
  • Lyon
    • Small businesses and nonprofit organizations
    • Deadline: Opens September 2 - October 14, 2020, or until Program funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.
  • Nicollet
    • Expected to open applications for nonprofits and businesses early September
    • Not updated yet
  • Pipestone
    • Nonprofits and businesses
    • Deadline: Applications will be available Monday, August 17 through Friday, September 18
  • Renville
    • Businesses and nonprofits
    • Deadline: September 11, 2020
  • Stearns
    • Businesses and nonprofits
    • Deadline: August 3 through September 18, 2020
  • Wright
    • Small businesses and non-profit organizations
    • Deadline: September 10, 2020 and close on October 8, 2020