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Local businesses can apply for COVID-19 grants

Businesses in Jackson and Josephine counties that have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 from a new pool of $250,000 in grant funds.

The application deadline is Nov. 11.

The grants are for businesses with 25 or fewer employees that have seen at least a 25% decline in sales or revenue for at least one month between March 1 and Aug. 31 compared to the same month last year.

Businesses can have received up to $100,000 in federal COVID-19 aid, such as through the Paycheck Protection Program, and still be eligible.

They must have reopened for business, even if in a limited capacity.

Nonprofits with 501(c)3 status are also eligible.

The new COVID-19 Emergency Business Grants for Jackson and Josephine counties represent the fourth round of business aid offered through local and state governments.

Businesses that received aid in prior rounds can apply again.

The CCD Business Development Corporation secured the $250,000 from a pool of $17.5 million in state aid for businesses that have suffered financially during the pandemic.

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. will partner with the development corporation to administer the grants.

“For our region that has also been impacted by fires, this additional infusion of grant funds to qualifying businesses is critical,” said SOREDI Executive Director Colleen Padilla.

The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the money runs out.

For more information and to apply, see soredi.org/covid/matching, call 541-773-8946 or email grants@soredi.org.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSmall businesses in Jackson and Josephine counties can apply for $250,000 in new COVID-19 aid.