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. In an effort to provide temporary relief, the City of Faribault has created the Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF). The SBRF is funded through federal CARES Act dollars, and is intended to provide one-time financial support to businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and help these businesses survive the current economic crisis.

Small Business Relief Fund


Link to the Application will be invalid until the Application window begins on Monday July 20th at 8:00AM. Check back!

Please read the Program Guidelines to verify your business’ eligibility. A Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) summary is also available to answer any immediate questions you may have. Any additional questions can be direct to the Community and Economic Development Team at 507.333.0388.

Eligible Businesses

Eligible businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Locally owned and operated for-profit business with a physical establishment inside City of Faribault city limits
  • Have at least one W-2 eligible employee in addition to the owner as of March 1, 2020
  • Have been operating for at least 6 months prior to March 1, 2020
  • Licensed and in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • 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 and/or financial hardship as a result of COVID-19

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include the following non-payroll expenses:

  • Rent Payments
  • Mortgage Payments
  • Utilities
  • Payments to Suppliers
  • Costs associated with reopening and/or
  • Other critical non-payroll business expenses as approved by the Community and Economic Development Team and which are consistent with the intent of the Program
Maximum Grant Award:$10,000 for businesses with 6-50 employees
Maximum Grant Award:$5,000 for businesses with 1-5 employees


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:

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