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Small Business Assistance Grants available from Clackamas County

Applications will be accepted June 29 through July 3

Clackamas County is offering Small Business Assistance grants to help businesses owners pay rent, payroll, and bills to help them recover from the effects of the global pandemic.

The program, provided in cooperation with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), will provide a total of $420,000 in grants, with individual grants starting at $2,500.

Clackamas County encourages applications from minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses, and sole proprietorships. MESO, the county and the grant review committee will work to ensure equitable distribution of the grants.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a grant, a business must:

  • Serve Clackamas County residents
  • Employed fewer than 25 employees on Feb. 29, 2020
  • Affected economically by COVID-19 in at least ONE of the following categories:
    • Had to close because of Governor’s Executive Order 20-12.
    • For-profit businesses can demonstrate a one-month decline in revenue of more than 50% in the month of March 2020 or April 2020 as compared with revenue in the month of January 2020 or February 2020.
    • Non-profit businesses can demonstrate a decline in revenue greater than 50% across the months of March 2020 and April 2020 as compared with the same period of time in 2019.
  • Have been unable to access federal CARES Act funds, including:
    • Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program
    • Other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding
  • If part of a chain, must be an individually-owned franchise.

For Questions
Jon Legarza
Business and Economic Development Coordinator
Business and Community Services
503-742-4BIZ

Application

Applications are available beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, June 29. All applications that are complete and received by the 5 p.m., Friday, July 3 will be considered.

For information on determining eligibility, how to complete the form or what documents may be needed, contact Linda Tran at MESO, clackamasgrants@mesopdx.org or 503-489-7410

 

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