Business owners in Beaverton will have some relief coming their way this new year with two new grant opportunities rolling out this month.
The Business Recovery Grant program is meant to provide recovery funding for businesses still facing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. At least 472 businesses have received a more than $4.3 million collectively in emergency grants since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
Applications for 2022 will be available on Beaverton's website starting Wednesday, Jan. 19.
The city is also offering grants through its Open Air Recovery Program, which will help local restaurants, bars and coffee shops set of outdoor service areas.
In summer 2020, Beaverton launched a temporary "Open Air" program, which allowed businesses to expand outdoors while indoor access was limited or prohibited due to the pandemic. After a year of success, councilors decided to adopt the program permanently.
But getting the permit to expand services outside is only half the challenge. The cost of building these outdoor structures can cost anywhere between $15,000 and $75,000, depending on the materials, according to city staff reports.
Permitted spaces located within on-street parking, meanwhile, are required to construct decks that are flush with the sidewalk in order to meet ADA requirements. This can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000 per deck, according to city staff reports.
At the end of 2021, the Beaverton City Council, which is responsible for setting policy and approving expenditures, adopted a three-year $455,000 grant program to help business fund these outdoor services areas.
The program offers two different kinds of grants: a design grant, which will provide a city-contracted designer to produce required permit-ready drawings for the construction of a compliant outdoor service area, and a construction grant, where the city will provide a 70% matching grant of up to $15,000 to cover a portion of costs associated with constructing the service area.
In order to be eligible for the grant, business owners must first apply for an Open Air Beaverton permit, finalize a design and obtain quotes from a licensed contractor.
Open Air Beaverton grant applications will be available on Beaverton's website on Monday, Jan. 31.
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