Grants available for businesses affected by shutdowns


As a result of the Executive Order EO-99 in November, many businesses have struggled. To mitigate the impact of that order related to COVID-19 on Winona County businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill to award financial relief. The Winona County Board of Commissioners has approved emergency financial support through the Winona County Business Relief Grant Program, which is targeted at qualified businesses and non-profits that are negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to Governor Walz’s EO-99. The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to be the facilitating organization to assist the county in accepting and processing applications as well as disbursing grant funds. The program will provide one-time grants of up to $10,000 to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue to these qualified organizations.

The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to impacted businesses in Winona County to aid in maintaining their business and workforce. Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In order to expedite issuance of funds, applications will be accepted online at: as well as in person at the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce office during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) or by appointment.

Please carefully read and review program eligibility criteria and the program guidelines (available at to ensure that all information is completed and submitted. Those with additional questions may contact the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-452-2272 or email


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