CARES Funding

Lac qui Parle County Small Business Grant Program
The Lac qui Parle County Small Business Grant Program (SBGP) is designed to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations (between 1 and 20 employees) with receiving financial relief from the pressures the COVID-19 Pandemic has placed on their business. Applicants can receive up to a $5,000 grant to cover PPE, supplies, rent/mortage payments or utility payments, and other equipment purchased in response to the Pandemic. The grant cannot be utilized for personnel costs or lost revenue per the Department of Treasury guidelines. The program is reimbursement based, so applicants will need to attach documentation (receipts, invoices, etc) to their application upon submission. To be eligible, businesses must have a physical location within Lac qui Parle County and be current on their taxes. More detailed information and requirements can be found in the Small Business Grant Program Guidelines and Application linked below. 

We are sorry but this opportunity has expired. Thank you for your interest. 

Application Period
Grant Opened: Sept 1, 2020
Grant Deadline: Sept 18, 2020 – 11:59pm

Grant Process

  1. ​ Read Lac qui Parle County Small Business Grant Program Guidance.
  2. Collect receipts/documentation for eligible expenses and attach to application.
  3. Fill out a current W-9 Form, sign and attach to application (
  4. Fill out SBGP Application, sign, and submit via one of the following options:


    1. Email to – Subject Line: ‘SBG Application'
    2. Mail to: Lac qui Parle Emergency Management, Attn: Blain Johnson, Re: ‘SBG Application’, 422 5th Ave, EOC/303, Madison, MN 56256
    3. Drop off at the County Courthouse Dropbox (600 6th St, Madison, MN, East Entrance)
      Applications must received by Friday, September 18th, 11:59pm
  5. Receive notification via email of receipt of application.
  6. Await response from review committee  

Please direct any and all questions to the county Emergency Management Office:
Blain Johnson, EM Director / CARES Coordinator
Office: 320-598-7171

Call/Text: 701-429-1737


The CARES Act Provides Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provides for payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Treasury has made payments from the Fund to States and eligible units of local government; the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); and Tribal governments (collectively “governments”).

The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that—

1.      are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);

2.      were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and

3.      were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

Guidance on eligible uses of Fund disbursements by governments is available below.

Amounts paid to States, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and eligible units of local government are based on population as provided in the CARES Act.  The CARES Act directs Treasury to use U.S. Census Bureau data for the most recent year for which data is available.  The amount of payments made to each State was reduced by the aggregate amount of payments that was disbursed to eligible local governments within such State that provided the required certifications to Treasury.  Additional information on these points can be accessed below.

A unit of local government eligible for receipt of direct payment includes a county, municipality, town, township, village, parish, borough, or other unit of general government below the State level with a population that exceeds 500,000.