COVID-19

in Houston County, Minn.

Houston County CARES Business Relief Grant Open Again for Businesses Directly Affected by Executive Order 20-99 For A Limited Time Only! 


Houston County CARES Business Relief Grant

The Houston County Board of Commissioners have allocated additional funds for businesses directly affected by Executive Order 20-99, directing a 4-week “Dial Back” period.  To be eligible, businesses must have been previously eligible AND must be directly impacted (directed closure or reduced service) by EO 20-99 to qualify.

Affected/Eligible businesses for this round of grant funds include restaurants, coffee shops, bars, gyms, fitness centers, theaters, and meeting venues.

If your business fits into one of the categories listed above and you are interested in grant funds please contact Houston County EDA Director, Allison Wagner, by e-mailing EDA@co.houston.mn.us or calling 507-725-5836. You will then be sent a form to fill out. Forms must be received by Monday, November 30, at 9am to be considered for grant funds. These funds will be first come first served.

All regular grant dollars (excluding the program above) have been used! Below are the details on grant dollars already used.  

The Houston County Board of Commissioners have allocated $1,130,000 of County CARES Act funds to disburse to small businesses (50 or fewer employees and $5m or less in annual revenue) in the form of an economic support grant. La Crescent township also allocated funds towards this program. 

251 grant applications were received. 241 eligible applicants were awarded grant funds for a total of $1,157,166.36 in grant funds. 

Eligible Houston County businesses included registered or licensed state businesses in good standing, non-profits with a physical brick and mortar building, sole proprietors who provided a schedule C tax return, and farmers who could provide a schedule F tax return.

The final deadline to apply for grant funds was October 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  

Questions should be directed to Houston County EDA Director, Allison Wagner by e-mailing EDA@co.houston.mn.us or calling 507-725-5836.

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Looking for assistance options related to COVID-19? We welcome all inquiries!
For more information, please contact EDA Director Allison Wagner at eda@co.houston.mn.us or (507) 725-5836.


Local ag business spotlights

A selection of agrictultural businesses and farmers in Houston County.

Heintz Badger Valley Farm,
Caledonia

Dairy farmer Doug Heintz manages over 400 acres of cropland, 170 dairy cows, and three robotic milkers.

Welke Family Farm,
Hokah

Jerry and Cindy Welke of Hokah were named 2015 Outstanding Conservationists of the Year. 

Sno Pac Foods,
Caledonia

Long-standing organic frozen food company farms 3,000 acres locally, and contracts over 1,500 more.

Hendel Farms,
Caledonia

Matt Hendel of Hendel Farms near Caledonia is a third generation dairy farmer.


Exploring Non-traditional Ag Options

A few local ag businesses are exploring ways to diversify, expand, or transition their businesses and farms to more sustainable models.

Hoch Orchards,
La Crescent

In 2016, Hoch Orchards received a $15K state grant to integrate animals into its orchard system.

Nettle Valley Farm,
Spring Grove

Nettle Valley Farm raises pastured pigs, and has begun an Incubator Farm Program.

Rockfilter Distillery,
Spring Grove

Looking to cure the solitude of farming life, Christian Myrah began distilling his crops into whiskey.

Sweet 16 Farm,
Houston

Local farm explores agro-tourism business options: hop yard and flowers.

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