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Frontline Worker Pay

The Frontline Worker Pay program was closed on July 22, 2022. All payments have been distributed.

To thank those Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, Gov. Tim Walz signed Frontline Worker Payments into law April 29, 2022, enabling those workers to apply for Frontline Worker Pay.

Eligibility criteria for Frontline Worker Pay are set forth in the Frontline Worker Pay law.


After processing and verification of the submitted applications, the application processing and verification period, the 15-day appeals period for denied applicants to contest those decisions and time for processing of the appeals, the final number of eligible applicants and payments was determined and announced Oct. 3, 2022.

The 1,025,655 Minnesota workers who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, and applied and met all eligibility requirements of the Frontline Worker Pay Program, were approved to receive a payment of $487.45, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. The money dedicated to Frontline Worker Pay was divided among the final eligible applicants and those receiving payment were notified. All applications moved through the process at the same time and payments were forwarded for processing together.

During the application process, applicants chose to receive payment via ACH direct deposit or prepaid debit card.

  • For help with ACH direct deposit payments, contact your bank.

  • For help with ReliaCard prepaid debit card payments, contact U.S. Bank at 855-282-6161 or