State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Grant Funds Now Available for Clatsop County Small Businesses

The Oregon Legislature, in partnership with Governor Kate Brown and Business Oregon, has allocated $230,000 in state funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance to small businesses and non-profit organizations in Clatsop County that have been adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Oregon has allocated the funds to the Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District (Col-Pac), which has contracted with Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR) to administer the grants in Clatsop County. This is the second round of grants that CEDR is administering. In mid-July the organization distributed $119,342 in grant funds to 37 small businesses and non-profit organizations in Clatsop County.

There are two important changes to eligibility requirements for the current round of grants. First, businesses with 25 or fewer employees are now eligible. Second, businesses that have received federal emergency assistance under the federal CARES Act are also eligible within certain limitations specified by the State of Oregon. Businesses that have received federal emergency assistance must reduce any state grant award amount requested by any amount applicant has received from federal CARES Act funds or other federal funds, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL); and EIDL Advance; and other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding.

As in the prior round of grants, businesses that have not received federal emergency assistance under the federal CARES Act are eligible for the state grant. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $25,000 depending on number of employees.

The State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant application is now available at clatsopcc.edu/cedr. Applicants may apply online or by completing a PDF file. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020. Should the total amount of funds requested by eligible applicants exceed the total amount of grant funds available, a random selection process will be administered to determine grant awardees. Grant funds are expected to be distributed by October 10, 2020.

It is intended that these state funds are equally accessible to all Oregonians. Outreach is being conducted to encourage applications from business owners of historically disadvantaged population groups (Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Women Owned Businesses). Applications are available in English, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese. Sole proprietor business owners are encouraged to apply as well.

For questions or additional information, please contact cedr@clatsopcc.edu.
Meyer Freeman is the CEDR Grant Project Manager, and will respond to specific questions through this email address.

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