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Eligible businesses could receive up to $8,000 when grants are awarded in March

The city of West Linn is rolling out a third round of business grants to aid local businesses struggling due to the pandemic.

At a meeting earlier this month, staff told the City Council that the city had between $150,000 and $200,000 in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to use for the grants. If the city does not use the CRF money by the end of June, it will lose the funds.

The city is accepting applications for the grants through Feb. 17.

Eligible brick and mortar businesses in West Linn with six to 25 employees could receive up to $8,000 through this round of grants. Businesses with five or fewer employees could receive $5,000. Nonprofits and home-based businesses are eligible for $2,000.

However the city noted the final amounts could change depending on the number of applications received.

The city will announce grant winners in March.

West Linn Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shatrine Krake told the council that these grants could be a huge help to businesses in a make-or-break situation.

West Linn is strongly encouraging businesses owned by historically disadvantaged groups to apply.

"The City will prioritize assistance to businesses such as restaurants and gyms that have experienced required closures and dramatic changes to operations, but will consider all applications received," according to a grant information document.

If more businesses apply than grants can be provided, the city will further prioritize businesses closed by an executive order, brick-and-mortar businesses versus home-based businesses, and businesses that have long-held licenses in West Linn.


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