Beaverton launches new grant program to help small businesses
New funding is available for small businesses in Beaverton due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, Aug. 12, Beaverton City Hall announced the Beaverton Business Recovery Program. It will award more than $2 million in grants to eligible small businesses in one-time awards ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.
The funding is being provided from Washington County through the federal CARES Act. The money, approved by Congress, cannot be used to replace revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic but must fund responses to it. Beaverton isn't large enough to qualify to receive CARES money directly, but Washington County is.
"Beaverton is a dynamic and resilient city," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Our local businesses are doing everything they can to safely reopen and stay open. We are determined to help make that happen for these valued community members."
Businesses can use the Business Recovery Program grant funding to help offset commercial rent, utilities, personal protective equipment and payroll expenses. Eligibility requirements include having a location in Beaverton city limits with an active business license, fewer than 25 full-time employees, and currently being open for business or planning to open in the next 60 days.
Applicants also must be a customer-facing storefront business or a business that has been affected by Gov. Kate Brown's "Stay Home, Save Lives" executive orders.
According to the city, funding priorities will be given to those most directly impacted by statewide restrictions. Childcare and adult daycare businesses are also encouraged to apply.
For those interested in applying, applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 21.
You can visit BeavertonOregon.gov/businessgrants for more information.
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