Dodge County Business and Nonprofit Relief Grants Program
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Dodge County Business and Nonprofit Relief Grants Program

This temporary program was established to provide economic relief for grants to local businesses and non-profits adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dodge County has received $413,321 from the State of Minnesota to fund business and nonprofit relief grants. These grants are to provide relief payments to businesses and nonprofits within Dodge County that have been impacted by an executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dodge County has retained Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) to administer this program. CEDA is a nonprofit organization specializing in rural economic development. CEDA staff can assist you with any questions you might have with the application, you may contact CEDA at (507) 867-3164.

  • Grant awards will be up to $7,500.
  • Dodge County reserves the right to reject any applications that in its sole opinion does not meet the criteria set or any Federal or State regulation.
  • If awarded, your grant amount will be determined by the need documented in your application. Based on your entity's financial need, please indicate your grant request on the application. 
  • Grants will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.
  • Impacted by Executive Orders since March 2020 related to COVID-19 includes but is not limited to:
    • Being closed by any order.
    • Evidence of being impacted by sales or revenue declines.
  • Applications are due by noon February 14, 2021.

  1. Fill out the application form attached to the guidelines (available in the link above). Applications should be emailed to
  2. Applications are due by noon on February 14th to Dodge County Economic Development.

  1. Grant funds can be used for any business activity or need.
  2. Business and nonprofits are eligible to apply if:
    1. They are located in Dodge County.
    2. They have no current tax liens on record with the Secretary of State as of the time of their grant application.
    3. They were impacted by an executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    4. They have experienced a reduction of at least 25% net revenue from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
    5. They have 3 or more full-time employees
    6. They were not excluded as an eligible business type.
  3. Ineligible businesses and nonprofits:
    1. Farming activity, including animal and crop production.
    2. Business and nonprofits that do not meet the criteria above.
    3. Businesses deriving the majority of their income from passive investments, rental income, gambling, adult oriented activity, or illegal activity.
  4. Day care and home based businesses are eligible. 
  5. No additional information will be collected at this time, other than the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or awarded. All applications certify that their applications are true and accurate and agree to provide additional backup documentation to Dodge County upon request now or in the future. Failure to comply will result in the forfeiture of the grant and penalties to the full extent of the law.

NOTE: Dodge County reserves the right to revise these guidelines as needed to best address the impact to businesses of the COVID-19 pandemic.