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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A helping hand is being extended to hospitality-related businesses in downtown Rochester that have been financially affected by months of construction and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many are also facing an approaching winter that could prolong their problems.

Now, thanks to an anonymous and “generous private donor” a special fund has been established that will be administered by the Rochester Downtown Alliance.

 RDA Executive Director Holly Masek says other “interested private parties have contributed financially and in-kind to bring this program to fruition.” Masek says the fund will focus on “ independently-owned retail, restaurant, or event venue businesses that occupy brick and mortar storefronts at the street, skyway, or subway level. This includes independently owned franchises.” 

The maximum award amount is $20,000 per business. Applicants may be funded for amounts below or above what they requested. There is no restriction on how the applicant business uses grant funding.

Check here for more information.

The initial grant application can be found here.

Rochester property owners may be in for a double tax break.