In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Wabasha is launching a program to help small, local businesses prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus by making COVID-19 related improvements to their buildings and businesses, such as HVAC improvements that improve air circulation. These activities will create long-term pandemic resiliency for Wabasha’s local businesses.

Funding Source
HUD Community Development Block Grant, through State of Minnesota, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Funding Amounts
Up to $19,000 with matching funds by business highly encouraged, but not required.

Application Period
Initial applications will be accepted until January 17, 2022, at 4PM to

 Basic Eligibility

  • For-profit business located in City of Wabasha with less than 50 employees
  • Applicant is 51% + majority owner of business
  • Provide evidence that new HVAC system will help business respond to COVID-19
  • Not in bankruptcy, current with all local, state, and federal taxes, fees, and any other debt payments to the City of Wabasha

Eligible Costs

HVAC Replacement (labor and equipment), matching funds may be used towards other improvements that will help the business respond to COVID-19

Basic Terms

  • Funds will be disbursed directly to contractor after receiving evidence of completed work.
  • Allow City of Wabasha to collect income and demographic data from applicants and their employees.
  • Requires City building permits are pulled and City Inspections.
  • Property owner must submit plans and elevations with approved application and the applicant must receive approval from the State Historical Society before beginning work.
  • Environmental Review by City before starting work.
  • Work completed within 6 months after receiving notice to proceed from City.

Application Process

An application can be found below. In addition to the application, the following documents are required:

  1. Most recent IRS 1040 Form
  2. Business operating agreement (for multiple owners)
  3. Income and conflict of interest self-certification form (included in the application)
  4. Liability insurance (or ability to obtain)
  5. DUNS Number-If you don’t already have one, go here to get one:
  6. Photographs of building, manufacturers specification sheet, map of project location, simple sketch, or conceptual drawings

Application Review

Applicants will be reviewed by City staff and scored according to the scoring matrix found in the guidelines here. Top scoring applications will be funded first until all funding is exhausted.

For a complete overview of this program and to apply visit our HVAC Replacement Program page CLICK HERE