The City of Grants Pass has been awarded matching funds totaling $80,000 from the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) to facilitate a COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program for small businesses and non-profits. The City is pleased that prior expenditure of local funds, made available by the City Council for emergency COVID-19 business relief grants, are an eligible match source and no additional local resources are needed to access funds from Business Oregon.
The grant application does have eligibility requirements set by the State of Oregon, which can be found online at https://www.grantspassoregon.gov/1355/COVID-19-Information along with the application. While not a requirement for applying, the City and State are also strongly encouraging business owners who are members of historically disadvantaged population groups and sole proprietors to apply. The deadline for the applications is at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Eligible for- and non-profit businesses must meet the following requirements:
- Have been prohibited from operation as directed by Executive Order 20-12, or had sales or revenue decrease by 50 percent or more in the months of March or April 2020 in comparison to sales or revenue from January or February 2020 (for-profits only) or in comparison to the same period in 2019 (non-profits only);
- Have been unable to receive federal CARES Act funding, including the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program, or other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding to date;
- Have 25 or fewer employees; and
- Be located within the City limits and Urban Growth Boundary of Grants Pass.