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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.

Who Qualifies?

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?

¿Cómo aplicar?

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.

Si usted es un empleador que desea aprovechar esta oportunidad, complete la solicitud haciendo clic en el enlace a continuación. Se aceptarán solicitudes a partir del 17 de agosto.


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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.

For questions about the guidelines and application, or assistant in completing the application please contact Dean Craig, or Suzie Gibson,

Para obtener información y asistencia hacer a de este subsidio, por favor contactar a Veronica Rosas, Gracias.

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.

Emergency Loans

Emergency loans are available for small businesses. SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Unemployment Insurance

For the most recent information on unemployment insurance eligibility and other program resources and requirements, visit this website:


Layoff Aversion Program

The layoff aversion program can help a business avoid layoffs – for more information, please contact us. Work Share can also be helpful in avoiding layoffs.


Layoff Services

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.


COVID-19 Resources

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.

OMEP | Looking for specific resources for Oregon Manufactures? Click here.

Key Strategies

Invest in proven and innovative programs and partnerships that lead to a skilled workforce.

Enhance the workforce system’s provision of essential skills training and connection to Career and Technical Education

Design workforce service delivery programs and partnerships to maintain and enhance access to services in all areas of the Mid-Valley

Expand the impact of training dollars through partnerships

Offer workforce services that lead to a successful employer community.

Engage with employers to identify necessary employment skills and invest in job seekers to meet those needs

Develop solutions to employers’ current workforce challenges such as essential skills, retention, advancement, certification and training

Provide opportunities for employer-to-employer conversations and problem-solving discussions

Serve workforce system needs that go beyond employment and training services and lead to thriving communities.

Participate as a workforce advocate in community discussions that address housing, child care and transportation issues

Serve specialized populations, including youth enrolled in high school, and connect them to workforce services

News and Media

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Welcome to Worksource
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Willamette Wake Up Radio Interview

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Low Wage Workers Hit Hardest by Pandemic
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Salem Area’s Unemployment
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