Local governments help community with small business grant administration during COVID-19

Welcome to CommuniTIES, the Baker Tilly podcast series where we speak with public sector leaders about proactive and practical guidance to help governmental entities protect and enhance their value.

St. Louis County, Minnesota employed a strategic approach to administer grants to support the small businesses, schools, not-for-profits and individuals in its communities with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The County joins our podcast to share its strategy and how Baker Tilly’s grant administration tool and team helped meet communitywide needs.

Podcast highlights
  • Introduction to Baker Tilly’s grant administration portal and process, including how we can help manage grant applications and ensure proper reporting and compliance
  • Importance of taking a strategic approach to leveraging American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) funds and administering grants with these dollars
  • Strategies to determine where grant funds will go and various grant programs to support organization and individual needs
  • Opportunity to take time to strategically identify goals and prioritize needs for ARP funding with significant more time to plan and use the funds

We recognize that all communities are unique. Our grant administration tool is tailored to meet your organization’s specific goals and community needs. Connect with us to learn more.

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Meet this episode’s guest speakers:
  • Rory Vale, Manager, Public Sector Advisory, Baker Tilly
  • Cristen Christensen, Finance Director, St. Louis County, Minnesota
  • Laura Birnbaum, Social Services Supervisor, St. Louis County, Minnesota

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