By News-Register staff • 

Business grants applications available after slight delay

The program will distribute $200,000 in emergency business assistance in grants of between $2,500 and $25,000.

Companies must be located within the city limits, have fewer than 25 employees, and have experienced a one-month decline in sales greater than 50% during March, April, May, June, July or August 2020 following the state’s “stay home, save lives” order.

Performing arts venues and cultural organizations, and companies holding passive investments, are among those that are ineligible. For a complete list, visit

The city posted the updated applications last week and extended the application deadline by two weeks, to Sept. 18. Applications will be accepted at or in person at the Community Development Center at 231 N.E. Fifth St.

The delay was caused by state changes in some of the program’s provisions, which now allow for companies that previously received federal assistance, such as the Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loans, to participate. This change also delayed translations of the application into various languages, city Planning Director Heather Richards said.

For more information, contact city employee Sean Kelso at 503-434-7311.


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