The Board of Commissioners yesterday approved the agreement for the small business relief grant with the state for just over $900,000 for covid relief for small businesses in Lincoln County. Wayne Belmont, county council said they worked to simplify the grant application process. NW Oregon Works will be the ones processing the applications and distributing funds to the businesses. Belmont thanked Dave Price at the Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College for putting together the application.
Eligible businesses have to be located in Lincoln County, open and viable and have fewer than 25 employees. They also have to show a decline in profits because of Covid. between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020 by business interruptions caused by COVID Emergency Declarations in Lincoln County. The application will be available online. There are three tiers of funding available. Those that are self employed or have up to three employees $5,000, the second tier is 4-7 employees for $10,000 and the third will be larger businesses with 8-25 employees $15,000. The applications will also be available in Spanish.
The applications will be due by Friday December 11. The goal Belmont said is to get the money for those selected out by December 18. They will be using the small business development center and chambers to help market the applications. Commissioner Jacobson thanked those who have partnered with the county to get this put together quickly. Applications will be available through the local chambers of commerce, the small business development center and the county website. Here is a link to the application. https://form.jotform.com/203384658651159