Here you'll find links to information on grants available to area businesses. Check back here often as information on new grants will be added as it becomes available.
- Launch Minnesota grants
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is now accepting online applications for Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants, which target the most promising, innovative and scalable businesses in Minnesota. The funds support Minnesota startups and entrepreneurs who are solving problems and growing thestate’s innovation ecosystem. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Launch Minnesota Grants are available in the following categories:
Request for Applications
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Minnesota State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program
The Minnesota Trade Office, an office within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, is soliciting applications for funding for eligible Minnesota-based small businesses to participate in export development activities that will assist the company to begin exporting or increase their exports from Minnesota. Proposals are accepted until all funds are committed.
Request for Proposals
Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis as they are received. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Jackie Geiger.
For complete information on the STEP Program, see the Export Financing Programs webpage at mn.gov/deed/business/exporting/export-financing.
- ReConnect Loan and Grant program
The ReConnect Loan and Grant Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window is now open. Click here -- https://www.usda.gov/reconnect -- to learn more about the program.
- Remote Education and Health Care Resources
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is accepting grant applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program to help people in rural and tribal communities access remote education and health care resources.The DLT program helps fund real-time, interactive distance learning, and telemedicine services in rural and tribal areas to increase access to education, training, and healthcare resources that are otherwise limited or unavailable. This effort is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal that every American has access to affordable, reliable, high-speed internet. Digital equity is an important component of that mission. For instance, the DLT program gives students the opportunity to participate in classes that may be in places that are too far to access. DLT funds can also help connect rural people virtually to medical professionals without leaving their home. USDA plans to make $64 million available in fiscal year 2023. Of this amount, $12 million is intended for projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services to people in rural areas.Eligible applicants include state and local governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. Applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov no later than Jan. 30, 2023. For additional information, visit the Distance Learning and Telemedicine webpage.USDA is offering priority points to projects that advance key priorities under the Biden-Harris Administration to help communities create more and better market opportunities, advance equity, and combat climate change. These extra points will increase the likelihood of funding. For more information, visit https://link.edgepilot.com/s/1d330fe9/MzYaMyaFR0Sfw8BsuPkOVg?u=https://www.rd.usda.gov/priority-points.Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety, and healthcare, and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit https://link.edgepilot.com/s/44dfdc04/KFwEuQxlnUyoMmy7k6aIyA?u=http://www.rd.usda.gov/mn. To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit GovDelivery subscriber page.
- Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation grants
SMIF offers funding in a variety of program areas, each with its own application procedures and guidelines. Find more on the funding opportunities currently available at smifoundation.org/grants/for-grant-seekers.