Clackamas County to offer additional COVID-19 grants to food, drink and recreation-related small businesses

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Clackamas County has received an additional $4.1 million to provide grants to small businesses that have been adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • More than $3 million of the funds will be used to provide grants to eligible small businesses that submitted applications for previous grants.  
  • More than $1 million is available for a new round of grants.

This new round of grants will be available to the following types of small businesses with 50 or fewer employees that have been adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the pandemic:  

  • Food and drink establishments;
  • Gyms and fitness organizations;
  • Indoor recreational activities and museums;
  • Venues that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events, unless they are hosting an event that is allowed to proceed under sector-specific guidance, and are in compliance with that guidance;
  • Zoos, gardens, aquariums and other outdoor entertainment activities as defined in Oregon Health Authority guidance, and
  • Indoor pools, sports, sports facilities and athletic activities.

The grants, provided in partnership with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), will be for a maximum of $3,000. Applications will be available at https://www.mesopdx.org/grants/ from Saturday, Dec. 19 to Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. All completed applications received by the deadline from eligible* businesses will be considered. [*See additional eligibility guidelines below]

Any business-related operating expenses, not covered by previous grant/assistance dollars, are eligible for grant funding, including but not limited to payroll, rent/mortgage, utilities, perishable inventory losses due to required closures, payments to suppliers, costs associated with reopening, PPE and cleaning supplies. Businesses that received a grant in an earlier phase of this program may receive another grant as long as they can demonstrate additional need.

Clackamas County encourages applications from minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses and childcare providers, as well as sole proprietorships. The county, MESO and a grant review committee will work to ensure equitable distribution among all applicants. The County is committed to ensuring fair, equitable and careful distribution of grant awards to local businesses. 

Businesses with questions are invited to contact Clackamas County Economic Development Coordinator Jon Legarza at jlegarza@clackamas.us or the Business and Community Services Department at 503-742-4BIZ or 4biz@clackamas.us.  

Business Recovery Centers

Six Business Recovery Centers have been established around Clackamas County to connect business owners in Clackamas County to assist with recovery. Learn more here: http://www.clackamasbusiness.org.  

Eligibility Guidelines

Types of businesses eligible to apply: 

  • Food and drink establishments;
  • Gyms and fitness organizations;
  • Indoor recreational activities and museums;
  • Venues that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events, unless they are hosting an event that is allowed to proceed under sector-specific guidance, and are in compliance with that guidance;
  • Zoos, gardens, aquariums and other outdoor entertainment activities as defined in Oregon Health Authority guidance, and
  • Indoor pools, sports, sports facilities and athletic activities.

In addition, to apply a business must also meet these guidelines: 

  1. Be classified as one of the industry types referenced in State of Oregon Executive Order 20-65, sections 4.a. and 4.b.;
  2. Be headquartered in Oregon and have its principal operations in Clackamas County
  3. Have 50 or fewer employees; 
  4. Be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, if required to do so by Oregon law;  
  5. Be either a for-profit or an entity tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and
  6. During the freeze period specified in State of Oregon Executive Order 20-65, have incurred necessary expenditures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The following types of businesses are ineligible to apply for or receive this funding:

  1. Passive real estate holding companies and entities holding passive investments;
  2. Non-profit entities that do not have federal 501(c)(3) status;
  3. Businesses that experience a decline in revenues for reasons other than those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. seasonal or cyclical businesses cycles);
  4. Businesses that are delinquent on federal, state or local taxes that were due on or before the date of application;
  5. Businesses that do not comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, and
  6. Businesses that have closed and do not intend to reopen.
Contacts
Department Staff
Jon Legarza
Economic Development
503-742-4BIZ
Ellen Rogalin
Public and Government Affairs
503-742-4370