Woodburn grants to boost small businesses
City of Woodburn Economic Development Department and the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce announced an emergency assistance grant program for small businesses.
The program was approved by the Woodburn City Council during its Monday, June 8, meeting. The grants are being made available due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Governor's executive orders that reduced services or temporarily closed a number of Woodburn businesses, many of which have experienced financial distress and uncertainty.
Beginning Wednesday, June 9, grant applications will be made available to registered Woodburn businesses that have 15 or fewer employees. Completed applications will be accepted between June 15-18.
Grant allocations will be up to $2,000 and are provided to help with expenses, such as rent or leases, utility payments, personal protective equipment, property taxes or supplies necessary for reopening. The city has a total of $48,000 available. Awards will be announced Friday, June 26, and individual grants will be dispensed by June 30.
"It is especially important to support small businesses at this time," said Woodburn Economic Development Specialist Amanda Setzer. "We are very excited about this program, and we want to reach out to our community businesses and make sure they know they are cared about."
Chamber Executive Director John Zobrist said he has been in contact with a number of businesses that have been stymied by closures and the current economic climate, and he hopes these resources can help keep some of them afloat.
Eligible businesses will be required to demonstrate a need and be open when government orders are lifted. Preference will be given to those businesses temporarily closed or suffering with reduced services due to Governor's executive orders.
Applications will be made available via multiple outlets, including the city's website — woodburn-or.gov — the city's Facebook page and E-blast newsletter.
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