Cities Begin Receiving Coronavirus Relief Funds

July 6, 2020

Cities with populations over 200 have until Sept. 15 to apply for Coronavirus Relief Fund allocations.

Cities that filed a certification form with the Minnesota Department of Revenue (DOR) by the first deadline on June 26 have begun receiving their Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocations via direct deposit. Cities that met the second deadline of June 29 should receive their allocation this week or next.

Cities with populations over 200 will receive direct distributions of $75.34 per capita. The allocation is not an expense reimbursement system, but instead provides cities with funding to use for eligible pandemic costs incurred between March 1, 2020, and Nov. 15, 2020.

Any CRF money received by cities that is not used by Nov. 15 must be returned to their home county. However, cities in Hennepin and Ramsey counties must give their unused funds to eligible hospitals.

Certification dates

If your city has not yet applied for Coronavirus Relief Funds from the state, there are upcoming certification filing dates, with distributions occurring roughly six to eight business days after each date. The upcoming certification dates are:

  • July 20
  • July 31
  • Aug. 14
  • Aug. 28
  • Sept. 15

Sept. 15 is the final deadline for cities to certify for funding.

—Learn more from the DOR website about certifying to receive funding

Cities under 200 in population

Cities with populations under 200 are not eligible to receive funding directly from the state. But under the governor’s distribution system, those cities will be able to receive funding from their county.

According to DOR website, small cities will be reimbursed for eligible expenses up to $75.34 per capita. Small cities should contact their county for more information on how to file for reimbursement for pandemic expenses. For small cities with boundaries that cross multiple counties, contact the county where the administrative office for the city is located.

More information about CRF

The use of the Coronavirus Relief Funds is limited to certain expenses related to the pandemic. Information is available from the U.S. Treasury Department and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB). In addition, the League presented a CRF webinar with MMB staff last week.

More information coming soon

The League will host a follow-up webinar with MMB on July 29 at 11 a.m. to cover the reporting process to the state that cities must use as they spend the CRF funds. Registration coming soon.

Guidance from the state and federal governments continues to evolve on the process and the specific use of funds. The League has also compiled information related to specific city questions.

—Read the League’s CARES Act Funding Information for Cities