Clay County C.A.R.E.S. Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Round 2


To provide a financial assistance to small business owners who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  This program is funded by the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund of the 2020 C.A.R.E.S. Act.

How it works

Submit an online application to Clay County which shows program eligibility and be able to provide sufficient documentation of need, if necessary.   Clay County’s C.A.R.E.S. Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program application opens Thursday, October 1st starting at 9:00 am. Applications will be accepted until midnight October 15th.  All eligible applications will be accepted and reviewed.  This is not a "first come, first served" or a "lottery" program.


To qualify, the business must:

  • The business must have a physical location in Clay County.
  • Employ 20 to 50 full-time (or equivalent) workers on March 1, 2020
  • Be able to show financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Be of one of these legal business structures: sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, or one of these non-profits: 501(c)3, 501(c)19
  • Be in "good standing" with the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Not have received grant funds from the State of Minnesota Small Business Relief Grant program
  • Not have received grant funds from either the City of Moorhead or Clay County Small Business Relief Grant program
  • Not be a home-based business
  • Not be a non-profit organization (other than 501(c)3, 501(c)19 which are eligible)

Ineligible businesses types

Your business must not be the list of Ineligible Businesses:

  • A business manufacturing, distributing, selling, or conducting related activities of sexually explicit materials.
  • A business deriving income from passive investments without operational ties to operating businesses.
  • A business primarily focusing on speculative activities based on fluctuations in price rather than the normal course of trade.
  • A business earning more than half of its annual net revenue from lending.
  • A business engaging in pyramid sales, where a participant's primary incentive is based on the sales of an ever-increasing number of participants.
  • A business engaging in activities prohibited by federal law or applicable law in the local jurisdiction of the business.
  • A business engaging in gambling enterprises unless the business earns less than 50% of its annual net revenue from lottery sales.

Location of Business

  • Businesses located anywhere in Clay County may apply.  

Other Conditions

  • Please submit only one application per business. An eligible business may receive at most one grant under this program, regardless of other related business location within Clay County.
  • Please submit only one application per owner.  A business owner may receive at most one grant, regardless of the number of businesses owned with and ownership share of 20% or more.

Use of Funds

Grant finds must be used for expenses incurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak and could include working capital to support payroll expenses, rent and mortgage payments, utility bills, business licenses, and other similar expenses that occurred since March 1, 2020, in the regular course of business.

Grant Amount

Amounts noted below are subject to change based upon applications received.

  • Businesses with 20 to 50 FTE employees up to $10,000

Application Process

Clay County accepted applications October 1st through October 15th, 2020.

The application period is closed.

The application will ask various questions related to your business. There is no need to attach any documents.  Answering ‘No’ to various questions will not necessarily cause your application to be ineligible.  Be sure to complete the form entirely and press submit at the end.  Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, if needed.  

Information needed to complete the application includes:

  • Federal EIN
  • Minnesota Tax ID Number
  • Business Filing Number with the Secretary of State
  • Do you have an active business registration with the Secretary of State
  • Do you have a Minnesota tax lien against your business filed with the Secretary of State
  • Total Revenue 3/1/2019 to 7/31/2019
  • Total Revenue 3/1/2020 to 7/31/2020
  • Part-Time and Full-Time employees on 3/1/2020
  • Part-Time and Full-Time employees at the time of the application
  • Has your business experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 compared to this time last year
  • Was your business impacted by an Executive Orders related to COVID-19 that limited the ability of your business to operate

                Tennessen Warning Notice:

Per Minnesota Statutes, section 13.04, subdivision 2, we are requesting information from you to determine if you are eligible for assistance from Clay County. You do not have to provide the requested information, but failure to do so will result in the County’s inability to determine your eligibility for assistance. Your information will not be shared without your consent unless the law allows it or required by a court order.

Approval Process

The Clay County Board of Commissioners will utilize selection panels to determine eligibility and distribution of the funds.


Most questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section.  

You can send an email to: or leave a message at 218-299-7820.