St. Paul accepting emergency relief applications for families, businesses until April 19

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Applications are now open for the St. Paul Bridge Fund, which will provide emergency relief for families and small businesses most impacted by COVID-19. Applicants have until April 19 at 5 pm and can apply by going to stpaul.gov/bridge-fund

Grant application guidelines and process 

St. Paul families and small businesses that qualify for grant funding can submit applications online beginning today through April 19, 2020, at 5 pm.  

  • There is no cost to apply, and grants given to families and businesses will not need to be repaid. Small businesses may apply for $7,500 grants, and St. Paul families with minor children may apply for $1,000 grants.   
  • Applications cannot be accepted in person or through the mail. Applicants without access to a computer (desktop or laptop), tablet, or smartphone can apply by phone at 651-266-6565, subject to submission of necessary documentation.  
  • All eligible applications will have an equal chance of receiving a grant. No preference will be given based on when an application was received during the open application period (April 8-April 19 at 5 pm).  
  • Only one application per family or small business is required.  
  • Duplicate applications will be removed and will not increase the chance of receiving a grant.  
  • All grant requests will be considered and reviewed.  
  • Eligible grants will then be placed into a lottery system to be distributed.  
  • Additional support for individuals who have questions, need additional assistance to apply by phone, do not have access to the internet, or need language interpretation is available via phone during business hours, Monday-Friday from 8 am – 5 pm by calling 651-266-6565. 

Eligibility for Families 

Grants to residents are targeted to ensure families can remain in secure and stable housing. Eligible families include those who: 

  • Live in Saint Paul; 
  • Have incomes at or below 40% of area median income (or $40,000 annually for a family of four) before a COVID-19-related change in employment; 
  • Have at least one minor child under 18 present in the household; and 
  • Have experienced a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Eligibility for Small Businesses 

Eligible businesses are defined as independent, for-profit, which are retail-oriented and rely upon customer purchases for revenues. In addition, they must have: 

  • A physical location within St. Paul, in operation for at least the last three months; 
  • Gross annual revenues of $2 million or less; and  
  • Documentation that revenues have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. 

The small business grants may be used for immediate business expenses including but not limited to rent or mortgage payments, employee health benefits, leave payroll and payroll, and payments to suppliers.  

Additional resources

-Informative provided by the City of St. Paul.