County to offer business grants
Clackamas County is offering grants to provide financial support to businesses with 25 or fewer employees that have been adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Clackamas County is focused on supporting businesses across the county, especially those with owners who are historically disadvantaged, sole proprietors and in low-income, unincorporated areas," said Laura Zentner, director of the county's Department of Business and Community Services.
The program, provided in cooperation with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), will provide a total of $420,000 in funds, with individual grants starting at $2,500.
Applications are available online at clackamas.us/business, and will be accepted from 8 a.m. Monday, June 29, through 5 p.m., Friday, July 3.
All completed applications received by the deadline will be considered.
To be eligible to apply, a business must:
• Serve Clackamas County residents.
• Have been adversely affected economically in one of the following categories: have been prohibited from operation as directed by Gov. Kate Brown's executive order 20-12; be a for-profit business that can demonstrate a decline in revenue of more than 50% in March or April 2020 as compared with revenue in January or February 2020; be a nonprofit business that can demonstrate a decline in revenue greater than 50% across the months of March and April, as compared with the same period in 2019.
• Have employed fewer than 25 employees on Feb. 29, 2020.
• Have been unable to access federal CARES Act funds, including: Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program (EIDL); or other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding.
• If part of a chain, must be an individually owned franchise.
Businesses that receive a grant will be allowed to use the funds to cover operating expenses such as payroll and benefits, rent or mortgage payments, and utility bills.
Clackamas County encourages applications from minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses, and sole proprietorships and, together with MESO and the grant review committee, will work to ensure equitable distribution among all small business types.
The county is committed to ensuring fair, equitable and careful distribution of grant awards to local businesses.
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