GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A number of grants are still available to Josephine County small businesses that suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds were set aside by Josephine County and Grants Pass from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The Josephine County Small Business 2021 Relief Grant is available to businesses that saw a year-over-year loss due to impacts from the pandemic. The two-year comparison period is July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 and July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
“Even though restrictions have been lifted and businesses are open again, our business community is still suffering from the lingering effects of the pandemic,” said Colleen Padilla, Executive Director of SOREDI. “Kudos to Josephine County leadership for taking action immediately with their ARPA funds and carving out an allocation to support business revitalization. SOREDI, in partnership again with IVCanDO and the Rogue Community College SBDC, urge every business to consider an application immediately.”
There have been some changes made to the application process compared to previous rounds of small business grants. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are no longer counted as 2020-21 income, though grants still count. The reporting period is also more current, no longer based on calendar year. Applications are also being accepted for employers with up to 500 employees.
Applicants will need to upload supporting documents. For a complete list of documents, contact the Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center at 541-956-7494 or email@example.com. Applicants can also schedule an appointment with an SBDC adviser to get assistance with the process.