We’re well into this “New Normal,” aren’t we? Fully three months since mid-March, when – for the U.S. – our world began to change. Of course this is defined by, well, nothing being “normal.” As we look ahead, the good news is that more granting opportunities continue to be available. Just this past weekend the Legislature approved $60M in new funding for the smallest of our businesses. To organize the opportunities in my head, I thought I’d lay them all out – maybe they will be a help to you as well:
Legislative granting of $60M: details TBD, coordinating with DEED to ensure we get information out ASAP.
Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF): applications closed June 12.
LISC Small Business Relief Grants: Applications, Grant Information Overview and FAQ can be found here.
The Neighbors United Collaborative Fund: finalizing application process. Click here for more information (or to donate).
We ❤ St. Paul/Midway Fund: still in fundraising mode, finalizing application process. Donate now at www.WeLoveStPaul.com.
We ❤ Lake Street fund: finalizing application process and rolling up into partnership with Minneapolis Forward: Community Now Coalition. Donate now at www.welovelakestreet.com/
Technical assistance: Pay It Forward initiative, a collaboration of partners: www.saintpaulchamber.com/payitforward.
Non-monetary contributions/needs, including volunteers, are being coordinated by the City of Saint Paul: email@example.com, www.stpaul.gov/serve/neighbors-helping.
And one final request, for us chambers. As all of us work so hard to serve the small business community, especially now, I’d ask you to consider the following: our partners at ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) have launched a new sign-on letter urging Congress to expand access to the Paycheck Protection Program to 501(c)(6) organizations. We don’t expect to see action to expand eligibility to PPP until the next major legislative package. Good news is that (c)(6) eligibility should be on the table given that it was included in the proposal passed by the House. Bad news is that passage of the fourth COVID-19 stimulus bill could be weeks away. Let's keep up our messaging with our lawmakers. Please consider signing on to ASAE’s letter before June 22.