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Swift County allocates $250,000 for COVID-19 relief to businesses and nonprofits

Swift County Commissioners allocated $250,000 for creation of a Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Program. If the maximum is granted, up to 50 businesses and nonprofits will be able to benefit from the COVID-19 relief grants.

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The Swift County Courthouse in Benson is shown in a 2017 file photo.

BENSON — Swift County Commissioners allocated $250,000 for creation of a Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Program.

The grants will be administered through the Swift County Rural Development Authority and executive director Jennifer Frost is developing an application process.

According to a news release, the maximum grant awards will be capped at $5,000 per business or nonprofit.

"At $5,000, that means 50 Swift County businesses and nonprofits will be able to benefit from the COVID-19 relief grants,” said Frost in the release

Swift County had previously contacted cities and townships that received Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to offer to work together to allocate some of their own funds to small business grants within their jurisdictions.

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"The county funds will be allocated county-wide, but a city or township can definitely put some of their funding toward businesses to provide more targeted relief or just raise that overall amount a business gets," Frost said.

Applications will be available online from Aug. 10 to Aug. 24. More information is available on the Swift County CARES web page .

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