COVID-19 Relief & Resources

Find resources for information on the COVID-19 crisis including relief efforts for those affected, tips on how to protect yourself and your family, funding for relief, and more.

BLA Economic Development Corporation

During this unpredictable time, BLAEDC staff would like to let you know that we are still here for you! There are a few resources we would like to share with our community at this time. We will continue to update these resources as more become available. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your business questions and concerns.

Bridges of Hope

We want to reassure the Brainerd Lakes Community that we are open and here to serve you in this time of need. Here is where we are at with our needs and available services.

Employers: Protect & Screen Employees during COVID-19 from the MN Dept of Health

This link is information on how to protect employees and screen employees who may be ill.

F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill

The Senate relief bill would send money to Americans and greatly expand unemployment coverage.

MN Employment & Economic Development

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic creates a number of new challenges for businesses, workers, and government. DEED is working closely with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Walz-Flanagan Administration, and the Minnesota Legislature to take proactive steps to ensure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic do not cause unnecessary burdens on employers and workers in Minnesota.

MN Dept of Health COVID-19 Response Funding

The legislature has approved $200 million for health care grants to support costs related to planning for, preparing for, or responding to an outbreak of COVID–19.

Small Business Emergency Loans

Following Executive Order 20-15, DEED has established a loan program to assist small businesses directly and adversely affected and whose industry is named in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 following the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses are a vital part of Minnesota’s economy and this program will provide a source of working capital to help businesses sustain operations during this challenging time.

Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota

To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends implementing the following mitigation strategies.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Northern Division is meeting the needs of people impacted by COVID-19, and we have ramped up our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus among our staff, volunteers and program participants. While most of our non-essential programs have been suspended, our most important programs – food, emergency assistance, and housing – remain open, in accordance with government safety recommendations (see complete list of services offered at our operation centers in Minnesota and North Dakota).