ASHLAND, Ore. — The City of Ashland will offer $140,000 in grants to struggling small businesses and non-profit organizations after receiving matching funds from the state, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce announced on Tuesday.
"The purpose is to provide financial assistance to small businesses and non-profits adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that have not received federal emergency assistance under the federal CARES Act or other federal program for emergency pandemic funding," the Chamber said.
Applicants will have to meet eligibility requirements set by the state of Oregon. Ashland and state officials said that business owners from historically disadvantaged groups are strongly encouraged to apply, though that is not a requirement for the program.
The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8.
Matching funds came from Business Oregon as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program, part of a $5 million infusion from the state's General Fund and another $5 million from existing Business Oregon programs — funding set aside by Oregon lawmakers and Governor Kate Brown.
"While many local businesses have been able to utilize the federal CARES Act funds to help sustain themselves and build back up, we know a number of small businesses have not been able to access those relief funds and this matching grant program is really designed for these businesses," said interim City administrator Adam Hanks.