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Application for Newly Adopted Yamhill County Grant Program Now Open

May 2, 2019

(MCMINNVILLE, OR) - In April 2019, the Yamhill County Commissioners officially adopted a new county grant program. The new grant program has three distinct grants to help promote and enhance economic vitality in Yamhill County. Grants include Start-Up Grants, Small Grants, and the Strategic Investment Fund Grant.

  • The Start-Up Grant will award two $25,000 grants per year and will help foster a county-wide culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Applicants must be participants in the Launch-Mid Valley Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) initiative to be considered.
  • The Small Grants will be smaller awards of up to $10,000 per grant and will provide flexible and responsive financial support to businesses and organizations engaged in various stages of development. Up to $66,700 of Small Grants can be awarded.
  • The Strategic Investment Fund will give grants up to $100,000 per award and support businesses and organizations making significant investments in the region. Traded-sector businesses with job-growth potential will be given priority for the Strategic Investment Grants. Up to $133,300 can be awarded.

Applications for all three grants opened on May 1, 2019, with applications closing on June 30, 2019, for the Small Grants and the Strategic Investment Fund. The Start-Up Grant applications ends December 31, 2019. To be eligible all projects must be located in Yamhill County and have economic development significance. Projects should be focused on acquisition, capacity building, construction, equipment purchases, market research, technical assistance, or workforce training programs.

Applications can be found either in person at the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners’ Office located at 434 NE Evans Street, McMinnville, Oregon or online at the Yamhill County website. All applications must be submitted to Carrie Martin by mail at 535 NE Fifth Street, McMinnville, OR 97128 or through email at martinc@co.yamhill.or.us.

Scott Cooper, Executive Director of the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) said of the grant program, “We are happy to see a resource put in place for traded-sector businesses and entrepreneurs in our community. The new grant program will allow businesses in our area to make strategic decisions that will help their companies grow.”

MEDP invites any local businesses with questions about the grant program to contact their office at 503.474.6814 or through email at Info@McMinnvilleBusiness.com.

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