More help is coming to Gresham businesses thanks to a third round of emergency grants being offered by the city.
The third phase of the assistance program launched Monday, Oct. 19, and offers temporary relief to small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is $250,000 available for businesses with 25 employees or less, thanks to a grant from the state of Oregon.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our community — so often they are the ones supporting our children's sports leagues, donating to fundraisers and sponsoring community events," said Gresham Mayor Karylinn Echols. "Now, during a time of much uncertainty and hardship, I'm so pleased that the city can help them weather the storm through another round of emergency grants."
The Gresham Small Business Emergency Grant Phase 3 program will open for online applications at www.GreshamOregon.gov/Small-Business-Grants at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, and will close at noon Wednesday, Oct. 21.
The program offers one-time grants with the amount based on the number of employees. The payments should be made by the last week in November. A checklist can be found at the link with the information and documents needing to complete an application.
Sole proprietors and independent contractors are strongly encouraged to apply, as the state requires 50% of the funds be awarded to businesses in those categories. Businesses owned by members of historically disadvantaged population groups such as Black, Indigenous and people of color are also strongly encouraged to apply.
A business is eligible if:
- It is currently open for business
- Has an active Gresham business license
- Has not received funds during Phase 1 or 2 of the Gresham emergency grants
- Is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Gresham
- Is registered to do business in Oregon with the Secretary of State — if required by Oregon law
- Has 25 or fewer employees
- Was affected by COVID-19 and the stay at home orders
Gresham was one of the first agencies to implement an emergency relief program. So far the city has helped 294 businesses with a total of $876,000 in grant funding.
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