Otter Tail County has dedicated federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to provide emergency financial assistance to non-profits in Otter Tail County who have been adversely affected by this economic crisis.

The online application process goes through Sept. 30, according to a news release from Otter Tail County.

Terms: Funding up to $10,000 is available. The award amount will be determined by the number of Otter Tail County residents served, loss of revenue and the increase in operational costs, the number of paid full-time equivalent staff, and organization mission. Upon award, applicants must submit the required documentation and enter into an agreement before receiving funding.

Eligible Nonprofits: Must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves Otter Tail County with a physical presence in Otter Tail County and able to demonstrate a loss of income or increase in demand for services and/or cost of service delivery due to COVID‐19. Visit the website for a complete eligibility list at ottertailcountymn.us/cares.

Use of funds: Payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, or other critical non-payroll business expenses including, but not limited to expenses related to re-opening, necessary facility and technology improvements, and personal protective equipment.

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Application process: Access full program guidelines and online application at ottertailcountymn.us/cares. Applications will be accepted online through 4 p.m. Sept. 30.

Additional CARES Act funding may be available for those served by non-profits in Otter Tail County. According to the news release, the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program and the CARES Act Emergency Assistance Program provides housing and other forms of assistance to individuals and families. Learn more about these programs and other county CARES Act funded efforts at ottertailcountymn.us/cares.