Author: Renee Ellerman

State Extends Deadline for Local Governments to Request Federal Funds

State Extends Deadline for Local Governments to Request Federal Funds

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Management and Budget today announced an extended period for local governments to request federal COVID-19 recovery funds through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Eligible cities and towns now have through Oct. 11, 2021 to request federal funds to help their communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s announcement is a result of new federal reporting deadlines released Sept. 30, 2021.

“These ARP funds are a huge opportunity for local governments to address inequities and negative economic impacts in their communities and improve access to water and broadband infrastructure,” said Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter. “We urge every city and town in the state to request these funds, and we hope this extended deadline will help make that happen.”

Local ARP funds are intended to help counties, cities, and towns respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and are available to be allocated for eligible projects through Dec. 31, 2024. There are 113 eligible cities and 568 eligible towns that have not yet requested a total of $18,014,183 in federal funds. The COVID-19 Response Accountability Office publishes lists of eligible local governments that have and have not requested their ARP funds.

Minnesota cities, counties, and towns are eligible to receive an estimated $2.132 billion in Local Fiscal Recovery Funds as part of the ARP. Counties and 21 large cities received their ARP funds directly from the U.S. Treasury. The State of Minnesota is responsible for distributing federal ARP funds to another 2,613 eligible cities and towns.

Minnesota cities and towns that are ready to request their ARP funds or have questions are encouraged to visit mn.gov/mmb/crao or email CRAOffice.MMB@state.mn.us.

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Media Contact:
Ellen Anderson, Minnesota Management and Budget
Phone: 651-226-2828
Email: Ellen.Anderson@state.mn.us

NAHB Legal Win Means All PPP Loans to Members Can be Forgiven

In a case brought by NAHB and Michigan builders, a federal court ruled that all NAHB members who received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans can have their loans forgiven regardless of whether the loans were made in contravention of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) eligibility rules.

Is it to good to be true?

BAM has talked directly with the NAHB legal team, and the ruling applies to all NAHB members, not just those in Michigan. Your 3-in-1 membership with BAM, your local HBA and NAHB is saving you big!

What’s next?

Contact your loan originator/ bank to file the necessary paperwork for forgiveness. All monies from the PPP loans must have been used for necessary expenses as outlined in the original program (payroll expenditures, mortgage/ rent payments, business expenses, supplier costs, etc.)

Questions?

Contact NAHB at legalaffairs@nahb.org or the BAM team at info@bamn.org/ 651-646-7959

 

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Informational Webinar for Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants 

Join DEED on Tuesday: Informational Webinar for Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants 

Applications will be accepted starting September 20

Tuesday, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will host an informational webinar on the Main Street COVID Relief Grant program. The program will begin accepting applications on Monday, September 20.

A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses that are majority-owned by military veterans, women,  Indigenous and people of color; employ 6 people or fewer; and/or did not receive previous assistance from other state relief programs will be prioritized in the selection process. Funding will be distributed in a 50/50 split between the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota.

Applicants that qualify and are selected will receive a grant amount between $10,000 and $25,000 based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees on staff. To be eligible, businesses must operate in Minnesota and be majority owned by a resident of Minnesota. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found at DEED’s Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program page.

You can join the webinar through the link below.

We will host another webinar next week as well.

If you have questions, you can email MSCRG.DEED@state.mn.us. We will also be keeping our Frequently Asked Questions updated as we get inquires. Additionally, you will be able to find translated program information on our website in Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. You can also watch our How To Apply For The Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant video in Hmong, Somali and Spanish.

Applications will be reviewed and awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar expenses that occur or have occurred since March 12, 2020, in the regular course of business.

The application portal will open September 20, 2021 and will accept applications for 10 days after opening. Applications will close on September 29 at 11:59 p.m. Afterward, grant applications will be selected for consideration through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.

Apply for the NAHB Legal Action Fund

NAHB Legal Action Fund is a resource for HBAs and association members that provides assistance to members and associations involved in litigation of national significance, that impacts the housing industry. Submit your application by Sept. 13 for consideration at the 2021 Fall Leadership Meeting. Questions? Contact Lavon Roxbury.

 

Because it is important to influence legal precedent that is of national significance to the housing industry or that has the potential for meaningful impact on housing industry issues, the Legal Action Fund helps defray litigation costs for builders, developers and state/local associations involved in these types of cases. It is administered with three goals:

  • The fund must support litigation that will benefit the housing and building industry nationwide. The fund should not be viewed as a member service in the way in which NAHB’s free legal research service is offered to members. The fund should be more appropriately viewed as an industry service.
  • The two types of cases that take priority over all others are nationally significant cases or those that address issues commonly faced by builders or developers. Where possible, cases should be brought to the committee early in the litigation process.
  • The fund should be used primarily in a proactive role, encouraging and supporting the filing of high-quality litigation that addresses major industry issues.

The Legal Action Committee considers applications during each of the NAHB Board of Directors meetings and makes recommendations for grants for NAHB Executive Board approval.

Deadlines

Applications for the next round of funding are open now. Applications are due by Sept. 13, 2021, for consideration at the next Board of Directors meeting.

Both individual members and state and local HBAs may apply to the Legal Action Fund. Applicants must submit the application form and a cover letter that includes a concise statement explaining the following points:

  1. A summary of the facts of the case;
  2. The legal issue(s) and the relief being sought in the case;
  3. The status of the case (what court it is in; if appellate, what the trial court’s decision was; a rough timetable for current or projected court plans);
  4. How the case concerns an issue of national significance or an important problem common to the shelter industry;
  5. Past, current and rough-estimated future costs of the litigation;
  6. The financial (and participatory, if any) commitment of the local and state HBAs or a statement explaining the reason(s) why funding was denied;
  7. Whether there has been prior NAHB assistance for this case; and
  8. The amount of money being requested from NAHB.

All of these points must be addressed in full to constitute a complete application. Only complete applications will be placed on the agenda of the Legal Action Committee.

In addition, the following must be included, as applicable:

  • Copies of the substantive pleadings or other legal filings of both sides, and
  • Copies of any court decisions to date.

You may also include any other pertinent papers that would be helpful to the staff and committee in better assessing the case or understanding its background, including newspaper articles, letters from counsel, etc. The best applications are those that explain the facts, the legal issues and the importance of the case to the national housing industry in as clear and concise terms as possible.

Please note that under Guideline 18, if a case is settled or discontinued prior to getting a court’s judgment, the funds must be returned to NAHB because their purpose is to try to establish case precedent helpful to the industry as a whole. The committee’s recommendations as to financial assistance in any amount must be approved by the NAHB Executive Board.

The committee prefers to have someone present at the meeting to argue for the case receiving financial assistance and to answer any questions that the members may have. However, it is not usually necessary to send counsel to this meeting, which should save legal fees and expenses.

Staff at NAHB is available to make this simple application process as easy as possible. If you have any questions about the funding process, the particular litigation in question or need information about approved cases and specific grants, please feel free to contact us.