COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Written by Vicki Oakes, MNbump Connector
Ortonville EDA & Big Stone Area Growth

This page has been in continual update mode since March 2020.  We have now taken down our local updates and notices and provided resource links that cover the current information and connections.  We will update this page with urgent information arises.

NoteWhether local, state or federal assistance programs, you can call Big Stone Area Growth & Ortonville EDA for help/questions on forms, where to start, etc.  please call 320-839-6155

5/3/2021 added additional resource links…- Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

Restaurant Revitalization Fund program guide

Restaurant Revitalization Fund sample application (SBA Form 3172)

NEW 5/3InformationalOverview_RRF_SWSBDC_April-26-2021 PDF 
New 5/3RRF Overview Deck FINAL 4.23-508 PDF
LINK to  – Information regarding the RRF in additional languages can be found at Information about RRF in other languages.

How to apply:  You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal.

LINK to FULL information

4/21/2021 – Rent Help (COVID assistance)

Just announced that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications.  This is in Phase One – people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.  If you are a property owner with tenants behind on rent or utilities, please refer your tenants to this link!  LINK: or call 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to answer questions from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Small Cities Coronavirus CDBG-CV Program

The Small Cities Development Program Unit is accepting grant applications for eligible activities addressing community needs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). These activities include broadband development, public services, retrofitting/repurposing buildings and commercial rehabilitation through the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) under M.S. § 116J.401. – DEADLINE:  June 1, 2021 by 4:30 p.m.

DEED will be hosting a webinar to provide potential applicants with an overview of the program and to answer any questions. – LINK to FULL Informaiton

LINK to the latest information on Walz orders.

A good – all topic – compilation of links for businesses
COVID-19 Business Toolkit from the MN Chamber of Commerce

Countryside Public Health, COVID Resource Page LINK

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Resource Home Page

Minnesota DEED COVID-19 Information Home Page
Health Resources, Safely Returning to Work, Business Stories, Critical Sector Worker Exemptions

Stay Safe MN 

Schools & Child Care

coming assistance… The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law on March 11, 2021, is $1.9 Trillion in Federal Aid.  We are awaiting details for this new assistance and will post more information as it becomes available.

Completed assistance below

CARES Funding  – $295,520 Grants were awarded by Big Stone County (Big Stone Area Growth processed & made the recommendations)

CARES Funding through the City of Ortonville: The total available to the City was $136,818 of which they used $105,399 of their funding to provide grants to businesses within Ortonville.  (processed through the Ortonville EDA)

The 2021 Big Stone County Relief Program, through the State of Minnesota, provided an additional $250,000 in grants to local businesses that were affected by COVID.

Additionally, there were deferred loan payment offerings and zero percent loans provided throughout the County.







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