RPU Small Business CRF Relief Funds
Eligibility Requirements

Outline of the eligibility requirements for disbursing the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to qualifying small business customers.

Background

CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act enacted on March 27, 2020 by Congress, has appropriated dollars to the City of Rochester to be used towards paying customer utility bills incurred during the period of March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.


Funding

There is currently $500,000 in funds available to RPU to disburse to qualifying small business customers and that have an active utility account with RPU.


Eligibility

This program is available to small business customers that meet the requirements as outlined within the application form.

Customer segments will be capped: 

  • • Use 50% of the average annual billing, capped at $5,000

Funds will be disbursed as follows: eligible customers will receive up to one half (1/2) of the average annual bill up to the capped amount. If additional funds are available after October 16, 2020, RPU will review the remaining funds, and do one of the following: 

  • • Provide customers with the remaining half (1/2) of the average annual bill up to the capped amount.
  • • Divide the remaining available funds equally among the qualified applicants, which may be less than half (1/2) of the average annual bill.  

Funds will be applied to all services billed to the account (including storm water and wastewater). 


Small Business qualifying criteria for application

  1. Must be a Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) customer with an active account.
  2. Must be a Minnesota locally owned and operated business.  
  3. To qualify, business revenues must not exceed SBA financing revenue limits which may be found at www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/Size_Standards_Table.pdf.
  4. Account must be current on balance(s) prior to March 1, 2020.
  5. CRF dollars are only applicable to service(s) incurred after March 1,2020 and before December 31, 2020.
    1. • If a customer finals their account, but starts a new active account, RPU will transfer the credit to the new active account.
    2. • If a customer finals their account and a final balance credit consists of CRF dollars, RPU will transfer those dollars back to the Relief Fund.
    3. • If CRF dollars are applied to the customer’s deposit and the customer finals their service(s), the deposit will go towards the customer’s final balance and/or transferred back to the Relief Fund.
  6. Only one application per service address.  
  7. Can demonstrate financial hardship after March 1, 2020 because of the COVID-19 crisis through one of the following (required).
    1. • Financial statements
    2. • Operating at less than normal capacity due to executive orders issued under the Governor’s state of emergency.
    3. • Other impacts such as labor loss, etc.  
  8. The Recipient of CRF funds shall submit reports or documentation as required, if RPU or granting authority determines additional documentation is needed to ensure compliance with conditions that are imposed for this Payment.
  9. Maximum benefit is 50% of the business’s average annual bill up to $5,000.
  10. Relief Funds will be applied directly to the customers RPU bill. 
  11. Funds will be disbursed as follows: eligible customers will receive up to one half (1/2) of the average annual bill up to the capped amount of $2,500. If additional funds are available after October 16, 2020, RPU will review the remaining funds, and do one of the following: 
    1. • Provide customers with the remaining half (1/2) of the average annual bill up to the capped amount of $2,500.
    2. • Divide the remaining available funds equally among the qualified applicants, which may be less than half (1/2) of the average annual bill.  
  12. Funds will be applied to all services billed to the account (electric, water, waste water, and storm water).
  13. Due to limited funding, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  14. Complete and submit the application, along with any documentation, on or before October 16, 2020.  
  15. Certification and signature required: by signing the customer certifies that:
    1. a. All information in the application (including any associated documentation) is correct to the best of their knowledge
    2. b. If receiving CFR funds on behalf of a tenant who pays utility bills as part of their rent, the benefit will be shared proportionately with the tenant.
    3. c. The customer consents to their business name and funding amount may be published on a list of fund recipients.
    4. d. The customer completed the application checklist and have read and agree with the Terms and Conditions.  

Download Application PDF

Download Fillable Application PDF

 

FAQs

RPU Small Business CRF Relief Funds
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for customers


If I have questions, who do I call?
E-mail us at rpumarketing@rpu.org or call 507.280.1500. Our Customer Relations Representatives will redirect to the right person.