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Beltrami County announces a new grant program for non-profit organizations –  Beltrami County COVID-19 Non-Profit Relief Fund.  The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding allocated to the County through directive of Governor Walz, who released $841 million of Federal CARES Act dollars to towns, cities, and counties throughout Minnesota through Executive Order.  Greater Bemidji, Inc. will be administering the grants on behalf of the County.

Non-profit organizations may apply for grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to specifically cover expenses related to COVID-19.  Such expenses may include, but are not limited to, the purchases of PPE, improvements/equipment to enable social distancing, signage, cleaning supplies, marketing materials, and more.  This may include expenses already incurred or anticipated to be incurred by November 15, 2020.

Eligible organizations 501(c)(3) charitable non-profits providing services within Beltrami County.  The business should be able to prove it was current on financial obligations as of March 1, 2020 (pre-COVID).  And all COVID-related expenses must be documentable. Applications will be accepted September 21st through October 4th with award notifications and funding coming quickly thereafter.  If funds remain, a second round of applications may be considered. Application and grant information may be found at Greater Bemidji, Inc.’s website at www.greaterbemidji.com or stop in at 102 1st Street West, Suite 101, Bemidji, MN 56601 (Mayflower Building).  For questions please contact Tiffany Fettig tfettig@greaterbemidji.com or Dave Hengel dhengel@greaterbemidji.com or call the office at 218-444-5757