Coronavirus Relief Fund for Local Governments


COVID-19 Aid for Counties, Cities, and Towns


Local governments may be eligible for a share of federal aid Minnesota received from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The Minnesota Department of Revenue will distribute this aid.

How to Apply

To be eligible, local governments must certify that they will follow state and federal guidelines for use of the relief funds. (See state Requirements and Instructions and federal guidance.) To apply:

  1. Download and complete the Coronavirus Relief Fund Certification Form (PDF)
  2. Email the form to

We will accept certifications until September 15, 2020. Certifications received after September 15 will not be eligible for a distribution.

Aid Amounts

We will distribute this aid to counties, cities, and towns based on their 2018 population.

The distribution timelines, methodology, population thresholds allocating CRF funds to local governments were proposed by the Minnesota Legislature. Cities and towns under 200 people are not eligible for a distribution from the state, since their home county will receive additional funds to reimburse costs for those cities and towns. We encourage these cities and towns to contact their home county.

Certification and Distribution Schedule

We will distribute payments approximately 6-8 business days after each of these certification dates:

  • June 26
  • June 29
  • July 20
  • July 31
  • August 14
  • August 28
  • September 15

As of September 3, we received and approved certifications for 85 counties, and 1,085 cities and towns. We distributed a total of $830,313,992. For details, see CRF Local Government Distributions (PDF).


For questions about the certification process, contact Sarah Adam at or 651-556-4861.

For details on eligible uses for this aid and the account process for local governments, see COVID-19 Response Accountability Office on the Minnesota Management & Budget website.

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