The East Multnomah County small business relief fund application is now closed. 

For questions contact [email protected]. If you applied you will be notified by email December 29th.


East Multnomah County Small Business Relief Fund

Beginning Thursday, December 10, 2020, East Multnomah County businesses may apply for grant assistance from the latest distribution of federal CARES Act funds from the State of Oregon to Multnomah County.


At the request of Multnomah County, the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute is setting up an East Multnomah County Small Business Relief Fund to distribute approximately $1,000,000 of CARES Act grants to the most-impacted small businesses in East Multnomah County.

Qualifying businesses must be located in the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village, as well as in surrounding areas of unincorporated East Multnomah County

Selection of awardees will be administered by an advisory committee that includes representation from these four municipalities, as well as staff from Multnomah County, Partners in Diversity and the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute. 

Applications Open:

8:00 a.m., Thursday, December 10, 2020

Applications Close:

8:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2020 

How much is in the total fund?

Approximately $1,000,000

Grant award amount


Potential Impact

There is a limited amount of funding available, which makes this a competitive application process. More  than 8,900 businesses are registered in the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village.

Selection Process

The selection process will involve an advisory committee composed of representatives from the four East Multnomah County municipalities (Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village), community members, Multnomah County, Partners in Diversity and the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute. This committee will focus on equitable small business relief targeted at businesses impacted by COVID-19 public health restrictions, such as gyms, retail, and restaurants. 

Evaluation Priorities

Due to limited funds in this project, the advisory committee will select awardees based on a per capita metric, to create equal distribution that is proportionate to the businesses in each of the juridictions.


Who is eligible?

  • Businesses located in East Multnomah County (within cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village and surrounding areas of unincorporated East Multnomah County). Check address on map here.
  • Businesses with revenue not exceeding $2,000,000 in tax year 2019
  • Businesses with a registered license after January 1, 2020  

Who is Not Eligible?

  • Businesses with gross revenue exceeding $2,000,000 in tax year 2019
  • Businesses without a registered business license 
  • Businesses outside of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village and unincorporated East Multnomah County 
  • Commercial landlords 
  • Nonprofit organizations including social enterprise and childcare providers

Important Dates

  • Application Opens 8:00 a.m., Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • Application Closes 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2020 
  • Applicants will be notified Tuesday, December 30, 2020
  • Funds Distributed by March 31, 2021


Contact: 503-552-6761
Email: [email protected]


Q: What is a private or family-owned business? 
A: Private or family-owned businesses are majority-owned by a member or members of a single family. They are actively involved in the day-to-day management of the businesses and potentially employ fellow family members.

Q: Why do I have to fill out a new form when I’ve already applied to previous grant, loan and/or utility credit programs?
A: These are federal funds and consequently have different requirements for reporting. In addition, we have applied lessons learned from previous relief programs to ensure that the application captures the most accurate demographic and business owner information.

Q: Are franchises eligible?
A: Yes, franchises or businesses with multiple locations are eligible if they meet the other eligibility requirements noted in the grant.

Q: I qualify for unemployment but have not received notice. Will this affect my application? Am I eligible?
A: If you are a business owner (including sole proprietor, freelancer, independent contractor) and qualify for unemployment benefits you still may be eligible for this grant opportunity as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements noted in the grant.

Q: What information should I gather for my grant application?
A: Please have these items on hand when you’re ready to apply:
  • Confirmation of active State of Oregon Business Registration status
  • 2019 annual gross revenue “how much you sold in 2019”
  • Your best estimate of revenue loss due to COVID-19 (starting March 2020 - grant application date)
  • Number of employees before December 31, 2019 and at the time of application 
  • Years in business 
  • W9
Q: My business is registered to an address outside of East Multnomah County but I sometimes sell in one of the eligible jurisdictions; am I eligible?
A: While the address on your state business registry is the address used to verify your initial eligibility, if you have an active business license in East Multnomah County you are eligible to apply for grant funds.  

Q: How do I calculate gross revenue?
A: Your gross revenue is your total business sales BEFORE any deductions. For example, if you sold a dress for $100 then your gross revenue is $100.

Q: I can’t find a field to enter my 2019 gross sales; what should I do?
A:The application does not ask for exact sales figures. You will need to know if your gross sales were below the $2,000,000 eligibility threshold and you have experienced a decline in your revenue since March 1, 2020.  If your application is selected, you may be asked for verification.  

Q: How do I estimate my decline in revenue?
A: At the time of application, you only need to confirm that your sales have declined since March 1, 2020. If your application is selected you may be asked for verification, in which case use your best judgment to estimate how your revenue was impacted by COVID-19.  
  1. Compare your sales this year to your sales last year  
  2. Compare your actual sales to your projected sales 

Q: If I had to lay people off am I disqualified for this grant funding opportunity?
A: No, applications are scored on a variety of elements, including business vulnerability, adaptability, and the impact of COVID-19 on the business.   

Q: Is the application available in other languages?
A: Yes. The application is available in English, Spanish, Russian and simplified Chinese.

Q: Why does eligibility not apply to businesses that were not operating prior to December 31, 2019?
A: These grants are designed to support businesses that are most impacted by COVID and have demonstrated experience with their business operations over the last year. 

Q: Do I have a better chance if I submit my application as soon as the process opens?
A: No, this is not a first-come first-served process. All of the eligible applications will be reviewed at the same time.  

Q: I am a freelancer/ independent contractor/ “solo-preneur.” Am I eligible for grant funding?
A: If you were in operation and in compliance with the State of Oregon registration requirements on or prior to December 31, 2019 you may be eligible for funding.

Businesses operating under the owner’s own name are not required to register with the State of Oregon. For more information visit the Oregon Secretary of State website under the question, “Are all businesses required to register and use an assumed business name?”

Q: If I own more than one business, will I be eligible to receive a grant for each business?
A: You should submit a separate application for each business. Each business is eligible for one grant, and each business is evaluated separately.  

Q: I need to make a change to my application. What should I do?
A: At the end of the application, you will have the chance to review your answers and go back to change them before you submit your completed application. 

We are verifying the information that you have submitted and can update information as needed if your application is selected. 

We are not able to update your answers if you are dissatisfied with your application responses. You will need to resubmit your application.

Q: Would relocation costs be an eligible use of grant funds? For example, we are currently renting space in a commissary kitchen that may close.
A: Yes, if the relocation costs are business expenses as described in the example above.

Q: I received a CARES ACT grant from another source, am I still eligible for this funding? 
A: Yes, but please indicate in your application where you have received funding. 
Q: My husband and I own our business, but I have been the sole operator for the past 10 years – does that qualify for the “woman-owned” category?
A: Yes, that qualifies as woman-owned.


Contact: 503-552-6761
Email: [email protected]


Grant applicants and recipients agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Charitable Institute from and against any claims, losses, liability, damages, and causes of action, arising out of the grant applicant or recipient’s negligence, misrepresentations or false statements in this application, failure to comply with the terms of this application, or breach of the Grant Agreement, if selected.

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East Multnomah County Small Business Relief Fund

Jessica Elkan, Advisory Committee Project Manager, Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute 
Chair Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County
Commissioner Lori Stegmann, Multnomah County District 4
John Wasiutynski, Office of Sustainability Director, Multnomah County
Rebecca Stavenjord, Chief of Staff, Commissioner Stegmann, Multnomah County
Mayor Brian Cooper, City of Fairview
Mayor-elect Travis Stovall, City of Gresham
Mayor-elect Randy Lauer, City of Troutdale
Mayor Scott Harden, City of Wood Village
Councilor Shirley Craddick, Metro
Raihana Ansary, Metro Region Coordinator, Office of Governor Brown, State of Oregon
Shea Flaherty Betin, Entrepreneurship and Community Economic Development Manager, Prosper Portland
Andrew Hoan, President, Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute 
Vanessa Sturgeon, Chair, Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute         
Mari Watanabe, Executive Director, Partners in Diversity