West Linn offers fourth round of business grants
The city of West Linn plans to distribute $75,000 to local businesses in the coming weeks in a fourth round of grants to ease COVID pandemic impacts.
The city is accepting applications from local businesses with a West Linn license for grants of $2,500 and $1,000. Brick-and-mortar businesses are eligible for $2,500 and at-home businesses are eligible for $1,000.
The City Council designated $225,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act for business support in 2022. The city will follow this round of grants with two more, each totaling $75,000, later this year.
While the current grants are for general business needs, the next round will specifically help businesses with marketing, technical support and facade improvements.
"This is for ongoing business recovery support," said Alena Schnarr, West Linn's business support and economic development coordinator. "Businesses are sharing with us how they would use the funds and what's going on with them."
Businesses must apply by 5 p.m. May 31. Applications and more details can be found online at westlinnoregon.gov/finance/business-recovery-grant-round-4. The city aims to notify grant recipients of their award the third week of June and distribute the funds by early July.
All West Linn businesses are welcome to apply, including those that have previously received funding. If the amount of applicants outpaces the amount the city has to give, the city will prioritize which businesses to give grants to based on a number of factors including which businesses already have received grants from the city and how long the business has been in West Linn.
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