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SF 4590

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 05/08/2020 07:52am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; establishing a program for emergency
community relief grants; appropriating money.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginCOVID-19 EMERGENCY COMMUNITY RELIEF GRANTS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The COVID-19 emergency community relief grants
program is established to award grants to eligible nonprofit organizations to make grants
to individuals experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. For
purposes of this section, "eligible nonprofit organizations" includes community intermediaries
such as local community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations, tribal nations,
community development financial institutions, coalitions, networks, associations, or other
intermediaries that have an existing grant-making process in place, as directed by the
Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) and determined by the St. Paul & Minnesota
Foundation.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Statewide grants. new text end

new text begin To the extent practicable, grants shall be made so that an
approximately equal dollar amount of grants are made to individuals in the metropolitan
area and the nonmetropolitan area.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Eligibility for individuals. new text end

new text begin In order to qualify for a grant, an individual must
be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Financial
hardship includes but is not limited to showing that an individual:
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new text begin (1) is not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Such individuals may include but
are not limited to individuals in the country on an H1B or other work visa or are
self-employed;
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new text begin (2) will not receive unemployment benefits at a rate that is commensurate with their
earnings. Such individuals may include but are not limited to tipped employees whose
earnings do not accurately reflect income;
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new text begin (3) will have significant difficulty getting COVID-19-related federal or state assistance.
Such individuals may include but are not limited to individuals who are adult dependents
or other minor or college-aged dependents; or
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new text begin (4) will not be able to receive any COVID-19-related federal or state assistance. Such
individuals may include but are not limited to individuals who were not required to file
taxes for the past two years and adults who are elderly or disabled but are not receiving
Social Security benefits.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Maximum grant award. new text end

new text begin The amount of assistance shall depend on the
individual needs of the household, taking into consideration other resources that an individual
or household is eligible to receive. The maximum amount of assistance may not exceed
$1,500 per individual.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Use of grant funds. new text end

new text begin Grant funds received by an individual under this section
may be used for food, emergency household items, rent support, utility bills, and other
similar expenses. Assistance for rent support and utility bills must be made directly to the
rental property owner or utility company.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $50,000,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2020 from the general fund to the commissioner
of employment and economic development for a grant to the Minnesota Council on
Foundations for COVID-19 emergency community relief grants under section 1. This is a
onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2021.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end