CARES Act funding still being processed; some applications incomplete

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday looked at some preliminary numbers for the CARES Act grant funding being disbursed through the county and City of Worthington, but are aware the figures are incomplete.

The goal is to make sure every penny of the federal funding is distributed locally – whatever funds are not used in the area will go back to the state. Approximately $2.1 million was committed to grant funding between the city and the county, all for aiding small businesses and non-profits that suffered financially during the pandemic. In total, cities and townships in Nobles County received close to $4 million, but the city of Worthington and Nobles County pooled their resources to create the small business grant process.

According to Assistant City Administrator Jason Brisson, the numbers provided to the commissioners Tuesday are not final for a number of reasons. Some applications are incomplete, and some were submitted directly to other small cities in Nobles County that Brisson has not seen. Other applications were considered ineligible for not meeting the grant criteria.

Brisson said business owners and non-profit leaders who have submitted applications should immediately return any calls from the city or county. Incomplete applications cannot be considered, so staff is doing its best to track people down and get the missing information.

Brisson also asks that those who have not been contacted by the city or county be patient and not overwhelm city staff with phone calls.

There are several staff members working to complete applications and balance the numbers so the money gets disbursed in its entirety.

During the commissioner meeting, Assistant County Administrator Bruce Heitkamp said no tiers were established for non-profits, so that may be revisited. County Administrator Tom Johnson said he had been contacted by two school districts and Sanford, all stating their needs had not been met.

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