Clackamas County, MESO offering pandemic impact grants
Clackamas County is rolling out another round of grants for local businesses struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last Friday, Dec. 18, the county announced it received an additional $4.1 million from a partnership program with nonprofit Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) to support small businesses in the restaurant, bar and recreation industries.
More than $3 million will be used to provide grants for eligible businesses who have already submitted applications for previous rounds of grants administered by Clackamas County. An additional $1 million will be used for a new round of grants.
According to Clackamas County's department of business and community services, businesses that have experienced adverse effects of the economic conditions posed by the pandemic will be prioritized. They include food and drink establishments, gyms and fitness organizations, indoor recreational activities such as museums, venues that host indoor and outdoor events, zoos, gardens, aquariums, pools and sports venues.
According to the county, any business-related operating expenses not covered by previous grant dollars are eligible for funding, including but not limited to payroll, rent or mortgage, utilities, perishable inventory losses due to required closures, payments to suppliers, costs associated with reopening, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. Businesses that received a grant in an earlier phase of this program may receive another grant as long as they can demonstrate additional need. Businesses will be granted funding up to a maximum of $3,000.
Businesses interested in applying can do so on by visiting MESOpdx.org .
The deadline to apply is Saturday, Dec. 26.
Clackamas County is encouraging applications from minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses and childcare providers, as well as sole proprietorships. The county — along with MESO and a grant review committee — will work to ensure equitable distribution among all applicants.
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