COVID-19 Information

The City of Faribault understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an immediate and detrimental impact on our small local businesses and entrepreneurs. In an effort to provide temporary relief, the City of Faribault has created the Small Business Relief Fund, followed now by Round 2 (SBRF-2). The SBRF-2 is funded through CARES Act dollars, and is intended to provide one-time financial support to the city’s smallest businesses and entrepreneurs experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and help these businesses and entrepreneurs survive the current economic crisis.

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Please read the Program Guidelines for the Small Business Relief Fund Round 2 and Non-Profit Program to verify your organizations eligibility. Any additional questions can be directed to the Community and Economic Development Team at 507.333.0388.

APPLY HERE! Please select your proper affiliation below to begin the application process.

Application Link will be available Friday 8/28/2020 at 8:00am through Friday 9/11/2020 at 11:59pm.

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Small Business Relief Fund - Round 2

Eligible Businesses (Sole Proprietors / Self Employed Entrepreneurs)

Eligible businesses must meet the following criteria as of March 1, 2020:

  • Be a locally owned and operated for-profit business located in Faribault with no additional employees
  • Have been operating for at least 6 months prior to March 1, 2020
  • Be licensed and in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • Be current on property taxes prior to July 15, 2020, if applicable
  • Demonstrate a significant loss in revenue since March 15, 2020 and can document costs of business interruption/financial hardship as a result of COVID-19

Eligible Home-Based Businesses

Eligible businesses in a home-based setting, must not only meet the above criteria - but also:

  • Be able to document that the home-based business is a primary source of income
  • Funding may only be used for direct business expenses such as payment to suppliers, and may not be used towards living expenses

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include the following non-payroll expenses:

  • Rent Payments
  • Mortgage Payments
  • Utilities
  • Payments to Suppliers
  • Other critical non-payroll business expenses as approved by CED and which are consistent with the intent of the Program (Example: items allowing businesses to adjust to interruptions to allow continued operations, such as upgrades to online sales platforms)

NOTE: Home-based businesses may only use the funds for direct business expenses, and not living expenses.

Maximum Grant Award
$2,500
Sole-proprietors, self-employed entrepreneurs, and home-based 


Non-Profit Grant

Eligible Non-Profit Organization

Eligible Non-Profit Organizations must meet the following criteria as of March 1, 2020:

  • Registered non-profit organizations that have a physical location in Faribault and serve the residents of Faribault. Non-profits may have a large service area, but the resources awarded in this Program are interned for services in Faribault
  • Ability to demonstrate a loss of income or increase in demand for services due to COVID-19
  • Have 50 or fewer employees
  • Be licensed and in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Have been registered and operating since at least March 1, 2019 (one-year prior to Pandemic)

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include the following non-payroll expenses:

  • Rent Payments
  • Mortgage Payments
  • Utilities
  • Payment to Suppliers
  • Other critical non-payroll business expenses as approved by CED and which are consistent with the intent of the Program (Example: items allowing businesses to adjust to interruptions to allow continued operations, such as upgrades to online presence, and/or sales platforms)
Maximum Grant Award$20,000
Direct business assistance for non-profit organizations
that serve the Faribault Community

local covid-19 information and resources

As of April 27, Rice County Public Health has opened a COVID-19 helpline to answer COVID-19 related questions and to help connect residents to local resources during the pandemic. The Rice County COVID-19 Helpline number is 507.384.6459. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Messages may be left on the helpline, and calls will be returned the following business day. If you have been placed in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, call the helpline if you need essential needs assistance in order to maintain isolation or quarantine.

As a reminder, community resource information is available on the Rice County website at: https://www.co.rice.mn.us/495/Hotlines-and-Other-Resources

The Minnesota Department of Health also has COVID-19 hotlines:

  • School and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
  • Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

Click this link, Protecting Yourself and Your Family: COVID-19, for more information on what you can do to prepare, what to do if you or a family member gets ill, and who is at a higher risk for severe illness for COVID-19.

Thanks to our partners at Rice County, find here a description of Coronavirus Basics:

Additionally, the MDH has provided much of its information regarding COVID-19 on its website in 20-plus languages. That information can be found here. For a full list of COVID-19 resources compiled by Rice County Public Health, click here

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been a number of City activities and facilities that have needed to make changes. As we continue to plan and monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to take a minute to provide some options before folks travel to a City facility, in an effort to limit person-to-person contact. These include calling before arriving to see if we can assist over the phone, or visiting our website for online options, like:

For questions about any of the information posted here, contact Communications Coordinator Brad Phenow at bphenow@ci.faribault.mn.us.