East Multnomah County Small Business Relief Fund Applications open Thursday, December 10



East Multnomah County Small Business Relief Fund Applications open Thursday, December 10

Small businesses located in East Multnomah County are encouraged to apply for grants totaling nearly $1,000,000 in CARES Act funds beginning at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. Grants are from the latest distribution of federal CARES Act funds made by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to 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. Businesses most impacted by Governor Brown’s recent public health closures and restrictions will be prioritized.



KEY DATES:
  • Applications Open: 8:00 a.m., Thursday, December 10, 2020 
  • Applications Close: 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2020 
  • Applicants will be notified Tuesday, December 30, 2020
  • Funds Distributed by March 31, 2021 
  • Application to the fund does not guarantee funding
At the request of Multnomah County, the fund is being administered by the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute. Selection of awardees will be administered by an advisory committee that includes: “We know the need is great right now, and the opportunity to distribute these funds to small businesses most impacted in East Multnomah County was something we knew this group could help with in a short amount of time,” said County Chair Deborah Kafoury. “We are grateful for the partnership to assist in distributing these CARES Act funds equitably and expediently to business owners who need it most right now.”

“As a small business owner myself, I understand how critically important these funds are. My hope is that these grants will provide a lifeline to East County businesses so they can stay afloat while we begin to rebuild the economy,” said Commissioner Lori Stegmann,
Multnomah County District 4.


“At this critical juncture of the economic fallout from the pandemic we must ensure that small businesses, including women and minority-owned businesses, have the required support to survive.  This fund is needed to keep people earning a living wage,” said Gresham Mayor-elect Travis Stovall.

“As 2020 continues to lob challenges at us, we know this program will not make everyone whole, but it is our sincere hope that it keeps most businesses afloat long enough to beat COVID-19 and turn the corner to 2021,” said Fairview Mayor Brian Cooper.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our community in Troutdale,” said Troutdale Mayor Randy Later. “By partnering with our neighboring cities to provide resources for those most significantly impacted by the governor's mandatory shutdowns, we are taking the necessary
steps in helping our small businesses weather this economic storm.”

“Small businesses in Wood Village have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Wood Village Mayor T. Scott Harden. “We were able to help with our Utility Assistance Fund, however, it’s not enough. That’s why we are excited about the East Multnomah County Small Business Relief Fund and the one million dollars in relief it will provide. We hope all our businesses make a grant application.”

The East Multnomah County Small Business Relief fund is part of a $7.6 million allocation Multnomah County received from the State of Oregon earlier this month. Grants for restaurants and food carts in Multnomah County are currently open here

“There are thousands of impacted small businesses located in East Multnomah County, many who are struggling to make ends meet from the impact of public health closures this year,” said Andrew Hoan, president, Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute. “While we know this won’t be enough for everyone, we are grateful to do what we can to get economic relief out to the most-impacted small businesses in this part of the region.”