JOCARES COVID19 Small Business Grants

Grants Pass, Oregon – Over $675k in grant funds are now available for eligible businesses impacted by the April 30th move to “Extreme Risk” related to COVID19 in Jackson County. Applications for this new “SOCARES 2021” fund may be accessed through Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI), which has contracted as the lead grant facilitator, in partnership with the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCanDO) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Rogue Community College.

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 health restrictions; in particular, the April 30th county shift from "High" to "Extreme" Risk.

JOSEPHINE COUNTY: Applications will be accepted beginning 12 pm PST on Tuesday, May 25. 

These funds are intended to be equally accessible to all businesses including the historically disadvantaged population groups (Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Women-owned businesses).


There are 2 separate processes for applications based on business size.

0-5 Employees

Application Window:  Tuesday, May 25 (noon) - Wednesday, June 16 (midnight)  

**Application window has been extended through Friday, 6/25 at 12 pm.** 

Because of the documentation requirements and staffing constraints typical for this size business, small businesses with 0-5 employees (note: sole proprietors count as 1) will be offered additional time to apply and specialized assistance from RCC’s SBDC.

     Grant Facilitator: IVCanDo

Contact: RCC SBDC,

If you would like assistance with your application process, please use the above link to request an appointment with the RCC Small Business Development Center.

If you are in Jackson County, please visit

6-100 FTE

Application Window: Tuesday, May 25 (noon) - Monday, May 31 (midnight)

**Application window will re-open for more applications Friday, 6/11 at 12 pm through Friday, 6/25 at 12 pm.** 

Applications will be reviewed after the submission window closes and funded based on demonstrated need, until funding is exhausted.

Due to the anticipated volume of applications, ONLY complete applications, with all required documentation, will be considered.

Grant Facilitator: SOREDI


Due to the amount of potential grant awards and short timeframe, telephone questions will not be accepted. Please use the above link to schedule a time to talk with a staff member.


Eligible Businesses meet all of the below:
  • -Can demonstrate financial decline/burden due to COVID-19 health restrictions; in particular, the April 30, 2021 County return to “Extreme Risk” level (Examples: reduced capacity or business closures at restaurants and bars, gyms, indoor and outdoor entertainment)
  • -Can certify through the date of application that they were financially impacted by the return to “Extreme Risk” level on April 30, 2021
  • -Have <= 100 employees
  • -Reported annual gross revenues >= $2,500 in 2019
  • -Were in operation in 2019 and 2020
  • -Are currently open or plan to reopen
  • -Have less revenue for 2020 including all COVID-19 business relief assistance (such as PPP, EIDL, or grants from Josephine County, Grants Pass, or IVCDO) than they did for 2019, and can certify that the decline in revenue was due to COVID-19
  • -Are housed and actively doing business in Josephine County
  • -Are actively registered with the Oregon Secretary of State (if required to do so)
  • -Are current on all Federal and State taxes
Ineligible Businesses meet any of the below:
  • -Real estate related (example: holding companies, realtors, vacation rentals)
  • -Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status
  • -Any businesses that do not comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • -Businesses that are delinquent on federal, state, or local taxes that were due on for before the date of the application
  • -Any business that has closed and does not intend to reopen
  • -Businesses that experienced a decline in revenues for reasons other than those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. seasonal or cyclical business cycles)
  • -Any business whose 2020 revenues plus all COVID-19 grant funding exceeds its 2019 revenues



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