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Last modified: April 16, 2020 Public Report From Collider Foundation

 

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2020-04-16 Update

The ‘United We Stand’ Small Business Microgrant Fund aims to provide emergency cash assistance for brick and mortar businesses. Initial cash infusion into this fund is supported through sales of “United We Stand- Six Feet Apart” T-shirts created by local business owner David van Eijl of TEXTEIJL. Applications and grant disbursements will be administered by Collider Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports the Rochester, MN entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Rochester-based brick and mortar businesses critically impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for the fund for up to a $1,000 grant per applicant. Eligible expenses include rent, utilities, and other fixed debts.

Grants will be reviewed by the Collider Dispensation Board on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Collider aims to distribute the funds as quickly as possible to support local businesses during this difficult time.

T-shirts supporting this fund are sold on the localroch.support website and in selected Rochester Hy-Vee and Little Caesar’s locations.

We are reaching out to our partners to see if there is an opportunity to:

  • Put matching dollars to work from your organization.
  • Ask if you know of other organizations that could provide a match
  • We would love to have you promote when the announcement is made (in the next few days).

Thanks for supporting entrepreneurship in Rochester.


JLS


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Collider is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations go into our general fund to continue to support entrepreneurship and small business in Rochester, MN

 

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Jamie Sundsbak

Director of Operations

Collider

 

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PlanScape Impact(s): Best Practice ; Biotec ; Business Process ; Consultancy ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development ; Entrepreneurship ; Funding ; STEM ; Technology Enablement
Last modified: April 16, 2020 Public Report From Collider Foundation

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