MnRA proud to partner with RALI MN and MPhA to support pharmacies impacted by the pandemic and unrest
St. Paul, Minnesota – October 28, 2020 – Today the Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) and Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) announce the awarding of funds to eight pharmacies across Minnesota. Under the program--with funds generously provided by the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Minnesota--applications were solicited from pharmacies looking to enhance safe customer access or medication security within the context of the pandemic or recent unrest.
Projects funded include: two-way customer communication systems and upgraded cameras; enhanced windows, lighting and locks; and customer signage and support for curbside and delivery services for vulnerable customers.
Pharmacies receiving awards:
- Como Pharmacy, St. Paul
- Lloyd’s Pharmacy, St. Paul
- Mix Pharmacy, Oakdale
- Pelican Drug, Pelican Rapids
- Rolseth Drug, Forest Lake
- Seward Pharmacy, Minneapolis
- Thrifty White Pharmacy, Marshall
- Trumm Drug, Alexandria
“Pharmacies across the State have been heroic in reopening and remaining open and available to customers amid pandemic and unrest challenges,” says MnRA president Bruce Nustad. “We know Minnesotans depend on their community pharmacist, and are pleased these awards support continued, safe customer access.”
“The pandemic and unrest have reminded us that pharmacies and safe access to medications are essential in each of Minnesota’s communities,” says MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr. “We are grateful to RALI MN for supporting this program, as well as to the team that reviewed applications for funds.”
MnRA and MPhA are proud partners with RALI MN in combatting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota.
Minnesota Retailers Association, Bruce Nustad
Minnesota Pharmacists Association, Sarah Derr
Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Minnesota
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Recently the Minnesota Retailers Association along with several local chambers of commerce surveyed retailers relating to the current COVID customer capacity restrictions in place across the State. Overwhelmingly retailers subject to the current 50 percent capacity restriction indicated a strong desire to move to at least 75 precent before the Thanksgiving holiday, with one in three retailers saying the viability of their business depends on an increase.
Retailers indicated such an increase is important as they have leveraged their businesses to invest in seasonal and holiday inventory. And after being closed to in-store customers and soft sales during the pandemic, the final few months of 2020 are a make-it or break-it sales season for many.
The vast majority of retailers report they feel prepared for more capacity and have the processes and systems in place to do so safely and comfortably for both customer and employees, and a capacity increase will result in the addition of seasonal and long term job opportunities for Minnesotans across the state at a critical time.
In addition, the survey showed retailers are proud of the job the industry has done during the pandemic and are aware this is not the year for large crowds, as can be typically seen on holiday traffic days such as the day after Thanksgiving. As such, many retailers are spreading sales out over a longer period and with continued alternative shopping options including curbside, delivery and shipping.
Retailers also told us the State has a role to play in partnership with retailers to continue to tell the story of how this industry is responding to the pandemic and the precautions taken to protect consumers and employees.
Applicaitons for funds due October 1
Application deadline: October 1, 2020
What types of expenditures might qualify for funding?
Applications for grant dollars will be considered for:
- Expenditures relating to restoring or improving safe consumer access at a pharmacy;
- Expenditures relating to securing medications;
- Expenditures surrounding continued or restoring operations under an improved safety model.
Examples could include but are not limited to purchasing a time-delayed safe for controlled medication storage, improving exterior lighting, installing additional safety cameras, making changes to modify customer flow, or re-opening a entrance recently damaged.
What types of organizations might qualify for funding?
Funding to pharmacies will be prioritized, however other organizations storing and dispensing medications may be considered. In addition, organizations seeking grant dollars should be able to tie the project to a noticed need surrounding civil unrest.
What size of grants are available?
Projects where expenditures range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand will generally be considered. Organizations with larger expenditures are not discouraged from applying, however grant amounts may be limited resulting in partial funding.
What is the process for applying?
- To apply, click here to fill out the request form and submit by October 1. Please keep answers short.
- Organizations should limit the number of requests to one.
- Submissions received will be acknowledged via individual e-mail within 24 hours of receipt. If you do not receive an individualized confirmation via e-mail within 24 hours please call (651) 227-6631.
- Only recipients of funds will be notified by October 7, with disbursement mid-October.
Who makes the grant decisions and when?
A taskforce made up of representatives of MnRA and MPhA will make funding decisions by October 7. Taskforce participants and their organizations are not eligible for funding.
Who can I reach out to with questions?