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Basic Needs Guide for Saint Paul and Ramsey County Residents: COVID Relief Funds

Find resources such as phone numbers, addresses, websites, and hotlines to help meet basic needs in Saint Paul and Ramsey County.

Unemployment Insurance

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program
The Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can’t work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twin Cities area: (651) 296-3644
Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090;
TTY users: 1-866-814-1252

Ramsey County Financial Assistance Resources
Navigate website to find resources for different types of assistance available through Ramsey County. 

Individuals and Families

Community Sharing Fund
The Fund partners with more than 100 community organizations to identify families and individuals facing short-term financial setbacks. Applications are only accepted from referring nonprofit organizations. *Follow link to see which nonprofit organizations to reach out to.

MN Immigrant Families Fund
The MN Immigrant Families Fund is a community emergency fund for immigrant families that live in Minnesota that don’t qualify for any state or federal benefits and because COVID-19 are left with few resources available to meet their immediate needs.

Call-in Intake and Support:
Khmer: 651-387-1065
Spanish: 612-231-9717
Hmong: 507-403-0234
Vietnamese: 507-403-0320
English: 206-818-1846, weekdays between 3 and 5 p.m

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Minnesota
In this time of crisis, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Minnesota is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the Coronavirus crisis. Apply online. 

Springboard for the Arts: Emergency Resources for Individuals
This page is an evolving list of resources for information, exchange, and support in this time. Includes link to application for relief fund. 

Legal Assistance
Health & Basic Needs Resources

WFPC Mutual Aid Fund
This fund provides $200 payments to women and trans & non-binary folks under the age of 30. Priority is given to folks who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, non-white Latinx, Asian, and/or another people of color), LGBTQ, sick or disabled, immigrant, unemployed, a survivor of violence, parent or caretaker, and people experiencing homelessness.

West Side Community Organization
Provides links to more resources and resource list in the Twin Cities and greater MN. 

Small Businesses

Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund
Ramsey County is providing emergency assistance to small local businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Small Business Administration
Resources and information for small businesses. 

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.

A Guide for Minnesota Small Businesses Who Need Help
Summary guide to help small businesses quickly see which programs might be right for their situation.


Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation
The following resources for nonprofits are here for you to efficiently get information on the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation’s response, additional funding opportunities and other community resources that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Springboard for the Arts: Resources for Organizations
List of resources for organizations to find relief funds and grants. 

Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund
Grantmaking from this emergency relief fund will contribute to operational stability for Catholic parishes and schools during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Greater Twin Cities United Way
United Way offers grants focused on making an impact in our Education & Jobs and Safety Net areas, in addition to numerous other opportunities to fill a gap or impact a critical issue.

MRAC Equity Response Grant Program
The Equity Response grant program provides resources for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led, People with Disabilities (PWD)-led, and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+)-led MRAC eligible groups.