Business Oregon Matching Grant

.The City of Grants Pass has been awarded matching funds totaling $80,000 from the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) to facilitate a COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program for small businesses and non-profits.  The City is pleased that prior expenditure of local funds, made available by the City Council for emergency COVID-19 business relief grants, are an eligible match source and no additional local resources are needed to access funds from Business Oregon.

The matching funds were allocated by the Oregon Legislature, in partnership with the Governor, as part of $5 million from the State General Fund, which will be combined with $5 million redirected from existing programs at Business Oregon.  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.

Eligibility Requirements

The grant application does have eligibility requirements set by the State of Oregon. While not a requirement for applying, the City and State are also strongly encouraging business owners who are members of historically disadvantaged population groups and sole proprietors to apply. The deadline for the applications is at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Eligible for- and non-profit businesses must meet the following requirements:

  • Have been prohibited from operation as directed by Executive Order 20-12, or had sales or revenue decrease by 50 percent or more in the months of March or April 2020 in comparison to sales or revenue from January or February 2020 (for-profits only) or in comparison to the same period in 2019 (non-profits only);
  • Have been unable to receive federal CARES Act funding, including the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program, or other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding to date;
  • Have 25 or fewer employees; and
  • Be located within the City limits and Urban Growth Boundary of Grants Pass.

Additionally, the following will make a business ineligible for assistance:

  • Passive real estate holding companies and others holding passive investments.
  • Non-profit entities without a 501(c)(3) status.
  • Businesses delinquent on federal, state, or local taxes that were due before April 1, 2020.
  • Businesses that do not comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Businesses not headquartered and with principal operations in Oregon.
  • Businesses not registered to do business in Oregon if such registration is required.
  • Businesses that have previously received funding from the State of Oregon through this COVID-19 relief program, whether from another community lender or public entity.

State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant Application

Those who wish to apply will have until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Please see instructions within the application above to make sure it is complete prior to submitting. Email the application and W9 to, use the subject heading "Emergency Business Oregon Assistance Application." Submitting the digitally completed copy of the PDF form will help to speed the application process.

You may also drop them off at Community Development, City Hall, 101 NW ‘A’ Street (Room 202) or the Customer Service Drop Box. Please contact Susan Seereiter, Business Advocate, at (541) 450-6014 or email for additional information.


Please Note

Please provide a copy of Profit & Loss, Income Statement or Sales reports demonstrating 50% or more sales declined as detailed on Page 1 of this application.