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Chamber of Commerce alerts businesses of availability of new grants

Oct 26, 2020 12:23PM ● By Editor
By Jim Boyd, Executive Director of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce - October 26, 2020

Rural business support grants offered by national group
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national philanthropic group partnering with Lowe's, is offering Rural Relief Small Business Grants. The LISC describes the program as involving 900 grants for $18 million, which would equal $20,000 per grant. The program is described thusly:

"We will support small businesses and enterprises affected by Covid-19 across the country, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital.

"Applications will be reviewed based on criteria designed to prioritize particularly challenged businesses, and the final grantees will be randomly selected from the top scoring applicants."

More information on the grant program can be found here: :

Refrigeration Equipment Emission Reduction Grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is offering grants of up to $40,000 for investment in refrigeration equipment that will help reduce emissions of gases that are environmentally harmful. Potential applicants include "emission reduction projects within grocery, convenience store, or facilities or transport vehicles with food storage in Minnesota." The deadline to apply is December 11, 2020. Information and applications can be found on the MPCA Refrigerant Emissions Reduction Grant webpage here

Jim Boyd
Executive Director
Cook County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 805 
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218-370-9665 (office/cell)
218-387-2466 (home)
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