St. Paul accepting applications for emergency relief through April 19

Wednesday, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced St. Paul Bridge Fund applications opened through April 19 at 5 p.m.

The fund provides access to emergency relief for businesses and families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city said the applications can be submitted online, and all applications will be reviewed and put into a lottery system for selection. No preference will be given to those selected.

The applications are free and the grants won’t need to be repaid. Grants to families will be $1,000 for rent or mortgage payments while business grants will be $7,500 for immediate expenses.

Eligibility requirements for families are as follows:

  • Live in Saint Paul;
  • Have incomes at or below 40% of area median income (or $40,000 annually for a family of four) before a COVID-19-related change in employment;
  • Have at least one minor child in the household;
  • Have experienced a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Are not currently receiving ongoing housing assistance such as Section 8 or Public Housing assistance.

Eligibility requirements for businesses are as follows:

  • A physical location within Saint Paul, in operation for at least the last three months;
  • Gross annual revenues of $2 million or less; and
  • Documentation that revenues have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Full COVID-19 Coverage

The fund has $3.25 million from St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The following organizations also contributed money to the fund, bringing its total to $3.85 million:

  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – $400,000
  • Ecolab Foundation – $50,000
  • Securian Foundation – $50,000
  • Minnesota United FC – $25,000
  • Minnesota Wild – $25,000
  • Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation – $25,000
  • Xcel Energy – $25,000