Grants available for Marion County Businesses starting August 17, 2021!
Willamette Workforce Partnership, in partnership with Marion County, is offering a COVID-19 Business Support Grant for Marion County businesses. This is first-come, first-served and awards are up to $3,700 per applicant business. Receiving previous CARES Act funds does not disqualify you from this grant. If the business received funding from Marion County in the past, the maximum total amount awarded cannot exceed $3,700.
To be eligible for the Marion County COVID-19 business support grant, applicant businesses must comply with the following:
The Business must have its headquarters in Oregon;
The Business must have its primary operations in Marion County, Oregon;
The Business is either a for-profit or an entity tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
The Business incurred necessary expenditures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, including response to “extreme risk” level effective as of April 30, 2021;
The Business does not have other options for funding assistance from private lending institutions or federal resources;
If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, the business is registered.
How to Apply?
If you’re an employer who would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please complete the application by clicking the link below. Applications will be accepted starting August 17.
You will be asked to upload proof of any previous CARES Act funding your business has received. This includes funding for Paycheck Protection Program, COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan-Advance. You will also be asked to upload a
Form W-9 (rev. Oct 2018) into this application.
This application will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes to complete.
Marion County Youth Wage Grants
Due to the overwhelming response to the Youth Employment Grant Program, no additional applications will be accepted. Thank you to all participating businesses and for giving local youth employment opportunities.
Current Worker Training Grants Available!
Willamette Workforce Partnership (WWP) believes it is very important for businesses to have the resources needed to ensure their current workforce is trained and prepared to navigate the challenges they face in this uncertain time. To assist in this, WWP has grants available for businesses to train their existing workforce, Incumbent Worker Training Grants. Eligible businesses must be located in our region of Linn, Marion, Polk or Yamhill County Oregon. When considering funding decisions, the number of employees being trained and the dollar amount requested will be considered. These funds cannot be used to pay for an owner or employer to provide the training to employees. Also not allowed is funding anything considered capital like computers or other equipment.
In response to the current economic situation, we have increased the maximum grant amount to $25,000 per application.
Emergency loans are available for small businesses. SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For the most recent information on unemployment insurance eligibility and other program resources and requirements, visit this website:
If layoffs are inevitable, we can help by providing services to affected workers. Another resource for small businesses and employers planning and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 is the National Business Emergency Operations Center.
As we receive more information, we will share it with you. Feel free to distribute this material with your colleagues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email any of the Willamette Workforce Partnership Staff; our contact information is available here.
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