Aitkin County opens applications for COVID-19 Business Relief Payments

Aitkin County opens applications for COVID-19 Business Relief Payments

January 29, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold (1/29/21)

(Aitkin, MN) — The Aitkin County Board of Commissioners, on Tuesday, approved the application process for eligible businesses and nonprofit organizations to seek relief from the negative effects of COVID-19 related Executive Orders.

Aitkin County has received funds through the State of Minnesota for the purpose of providing business relief grants. These grants must be used for operations expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic including property taxes; fees for liquor, beverage, and lodging; insurance costs; legal fees; payroll; rent; utilities; and repairs to existing building & equipment. 

The State of Minnesota has requirements for criteria for eligibility that do feature businesses or nonprofits must have a physical establishment in Aitkin County, no current tax liens with the Secretary of State, and have been impacted by a COVID-19 related Executive Order. 

Grants will be awarded based on eligibility, need, and prioritized by bars, restaurants, and lodging; other businesses meeting eligibility criteria; and nonprofit organizations that earn revenue in a similar manner to businesses such as through entry fees or pay for service.

Applications will be reviewed on February 12, 2021. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. on February 11, 2021 may be considered if funds remain after first review. Grants will continue to be awarded until all funds are expended. Final approval will be subject to approval by the Aitkin County Board.

Further information, eligibility requirements, and an application can be found with this story at For any questions or clarifications, contact Aitkin County Administrator Jessica Seibert at 218-927-7276 or by email.