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More help is available for Salem small businesses and non-profits struggling from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salem was awarded $238,000 to distribute to eligible businesses with 25 or fewer employees. Businesses can apply for a range of funds and receive as much as $25,000. 

Funding decisions will be made via a lottery. 

The online grant application opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday and closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 7.

The application is available in English and Spanish.

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Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett said the city is committed to supporting local businesses, calling them the “foundation of Salem’s economy.”

This round of grants is the city’s third round of COVID-19 funding assistance.

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The Oregon Legislature, in partnership with Gov. Kate Brown, allocated $22.5 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide financial assistance to small businesses adversely affected by economic conditions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding for the $238,000 comes from the Business Oregon’s Emergency Business Assistance Program through the state of Oregon

After a Marion County small business grant program exhausted $200,000 in funds within minutes of going live, city officials sought to institute a lottery system with their grants. 

“We want to ensure all businesses have access to these resources,” Bennett said. “We expect to offer a fourth round of funding later this fall and will continue to look for additional resources to assist our businesses.”

Previous coverage: Salem City Council approves grant program to help small businesses hurt by COVID-19 pandemic

Businesses that previously received federal loans and grants, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans or Paycheck Protection Program funding through the CARES Act, are eligible but must reduce the maximum grant amount by the amount of CARES Act funding received. 

For grant program questions in English, email [email protected] or call 503-540-2480 or 503-540-2435.

For questions in Spanish, email [email protected] or call 503-540-2303.

For questions, comments and news tips, email reporter Whitney Woodworth at [email protected], call 503-910-6616 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth.

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