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Feb 23, 2021

COVID-19 Resource List for Business


Second Round of Landlord Compensation Fund Opens to Applications on April 29

Oregon Housing and Community Services will distribute at least $70 million in assistance covering rent owed by eligible tenants  

Round two of the Landlord Compensation Fund program opened April 29, 2021 and includes $70 million in assistance covering rent owed by eligible tenants that was accrued from April 1, 2020 through May 2021. All applications received by May 17 at 5pm will be reviewed and scored; funds are not first come, first served. The Oregon Legislature allocated a total of $150 million to the Landlord Compensation Fund (LCF).  

“Oregon's Landlord Compensation Fund Program is designed to provide relief to residential landlords who have been unable to collect rent due to tenant hardships,” says Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) Director Margaret Salazar. “We’re grateful to assist landlords in keeping Oregon’s financially stressed tenants in their homes after a remarkably challenging year.” 

OHCS has also made improvements to the LCF Application Portal that will make it easier for landlords and property managers to submit required documentation. Even with these improvements, there still may be occasional glitches due to the expected high volumes of applicants. “We are working as quickly as possible to get assistance where it is most needed in the easiest way possible,” said Julie Cody, OHCS Director of Affordable Rental Housing. “If applicants experience technical difficultly, we ask they be patient and work with our customer service staff to address any issues that may arise.” 

Tenants must provide their landlord with a Declaration of Financial Hardship for Eviction Protection . When tenants provide this form to their landlord, they are protected from eviction through June 30th, 2021, and the landlord may use the form to request payment for rental debt owed from April 1, 2020 through May 2021. 

Participating landlords can receive funding for an amount equal to 80% of the rental debt owed by qualified residents from April 2020 through the month the application round they are applying in opened. Landlords agree to forgive the remaining 20% of the tenant's debt as part of the grant agreement and as a condition of receiving payment. If there are more applications than funds available, OHCS has developed a scoring criteria that weighs portfolio size and percentage of uncollected rent with preference being attached to smaller portfolios and those properties with higher uncollected rental debt. 

“I was delighted for this opportunity to have full forgiveness for my tenant, a restaurant worker and student,” said Glen Ford, a Landlord Compensation Fund round one applicant. “To also recover 80% of my losses is a bonus I did not expect would ever happen. [I am] so thankful.”  

Background on the Landlord Compensation Program 

During the Third Special Session of 2020, the Oregon Legislature enacted an eviction moratorium and established the Landlord Compensation Fund (HB 4401). The Legislature allocated $200 million in rent assistance to support tenants and landlords, which includes $150 million for the Landlord Compensation Fund. This program was designed to provide relief to landlords who have tenants living in their homes who have been unable to pay rent at any point since April 2020 due to a financial hardship. The program will also eliminate the rent owed for those tenants experiencing a hardship. 



Grants for Shuttered Venues

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Live venue operators and promoters, theatrical producers, museums, movie theaters, and more are the target for the program.

This program is now open for applications. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

The SBA has a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the SVOG program that helps defines terms and provides additional guidance. There’s a lot to this program, so the SBA encourages applicants to use the FAQ, video tutorials, and other resources on its website



 4.22.21 - Updated 4.27.21

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The program will begin registration on Friday, April 30, 2021 and open applications on May 3rd.

Also there will be a webinar on April 27th and Wednesday, April 28th at 2:30 pm ET. Both webinars will be recorded for applicants to learn more about the program as well as how to apply within the application portal. See links below for webinars.


Link for April 27th

Link for April 28th

More info on RRF can be found at


Restaurants Can Tap $29 Billion Covid-19 Aid Program Beginning May 3

Interested businesses can begin registering for the grant application portal on Friday, April 30, and applications will open at noon EST on the following Monday, according to the SBA.


Business Oregon Announces Commercial Rent Relief Grants to Help Small Businesses Behind on Lease Payments

The Oregon Legislative Emergency Board allocated $100 million to Business Oregon for a new program to provide financial assistance to small businesses and commercial landlords impacted by the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The full press release can be found HERE


The Yamhill County Restaurant License Fee Grant program opens Tuesday, March 2nd at 12:00PM (PST), and is open to all permanently established restaurants in Yamhill County.

Applications will be accepted online only and may be accessed here:



UPDATES FOR the Payroll Protection Program for small businesses (20 or under employees) and Child care providers – 

NEW! Small business with 20 or under employees - available Feb. 24-March 10, 2021:

In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer Paycheck Protection Program loans to businesses with 20 or less employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. President Biden has also announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

  1. Find a lender:

Get matched with a lender

Search for lenders in your area

  1. Identify a loan:

First Draw PPP Loans: If you have not received a PPP loan before, First Draw PPP Loans are available to you.

Second Draw PPP Loans: If you have previously received a PPP loan, certain businesses are eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan.


NEW! Child Care Providers

How to Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) --A Workshop targeted for Child Care Providers

When: Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PT (90 minutes, including breakout session)

Registration Link:


Join this webinar specifically designed for childcare providers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

There will be a breakout sessions for each State and one is Spanish.

Participants will:

(1) Learn about eligibility guidelines;

(2) Get advice on how to ensure the PPP application process goes smoothly;

(3) Hear from a peer childcare provider who benefitted from a PPP loan; and

(4) Have the opportunity to get questions answered from lenders and technical assistance providers.


The March 31st approval deadline is quickly approaching -- don't miss your opportunity to apply for this important financial support!


Who Should Attend: Childcare providers, Childcare Resource & Referral Organizations, Small Business Development Centers, Small Business Lenders, Government Agencies.


Need additional PPP assistance? contact



SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13.  The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

“The historically successful Paycheck Protection Program served as an economic lifeline to millions of small businesses and their employees when they needed it most,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Today’s guidance builds on the success of the program and adapts to the changing needs of small business owners by providing targeted relief and a simpler forgiveness process to ensure their path to recovery.”

“The Paycheck Protection Program has successfully provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to America’s small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “This updated guidance enhances the PPP’s targeted relief to small businesses most impacted by COVID-19.  We are committed to implementing this round of PPP quickly to continue supporting American small businesses and their workers.”

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. 

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.


The new guidance released includes:


For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit or



Pandemic Relief Bill Update:

(We will continue to update as we learn more) 

    • Congress approved a $900 billion stimulus package late Monday evening. 
    • It has additional PPP funding that will terminate March 31, 2021. The bill expands allowable uses for PPP funds and simplifies the loan process for loans under $150,000. Second loans would be limited to those with fewer than 300 employees and drops of at least 25% of their revenue during the first, second or third quarter of 2020. It also reduces the amount a borrower can receive from $10M to $2M.
    • Employers deferring workers’ payroll taxes under the Trump Administration executive order now have until the end of 2021 to pay back the withholding taxes owed.
    • There is $12 billion set aside for minority owned businesses, and expands eligibility to more non-profits, local newspapers, TV and radio broadcasters.
    • The bill creates a $15 billion grant program for live venues, theaters and museums that have lost at least 25% of revenues.
    • Establishes $300 per week supplemental jobless benefit, for 11 weeks from the end of December through March 14. It also extends two other unemployment programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. Both programs would close to new applicant on March 14 but continue through April 5 for existing claimants.
    • Establishes $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans and will begin arriving in bank accounts next week. Eligible families will receive an additional $600 per child. Payments start phasing out for individuals with adjusted gross income of more than $75,000 and those making more than $99,000 would not receive anything. Income thresholds are doubled for couples.
    • Includes a new round of funding for subsidies for hard-hit businesses and restaurants.
    • Funding of $82B for schools and colleges, $27billion for transportation and $22 billion for health related expenses of state, local, tribal and territorial government.
    • Extends the moratorium on evictions to January 31, 2021, with $25 billion in rental assistance for individuals who lost their sources of income during the pandemic.
    • $26 billion for nutrition assistance and agriculture and rural programs. Of that pot, $13 billion provides nutrition assistance for food-insecure Americans. The other $13 billion goes to agricultural assistance and programs.

MEDP Will continue to update information over the next days and weeks as more details become available. 


Yamhill County Round 3 Business grants (Closed 12/20/20)

General Eligibility Information*

  • The business was adversely affected in either one of the following two ways:

o   The business was prohibited from operating as directed by Executive Orders 20-12 or 20-65.

o   The business can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales of 25% or more, incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020, as compared against the same period of time in 2019. Have 100 or fewer FTE (full-time equivalent) employees as of 12/31/2019

  • Be located within Yamhill County, is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Oregon.
  • If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, the business is so registered
  • Businesses who have received federal dollars, through the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, are able to apply for and receive these grant funds
  • 501(c)(3) Nonprofits are eligible
  • 501(c)(6) entities are not eligible
  • The business had 100 Full-Time Employees (FTE) or less, as of December 31, 2019

Priority Eligibility**

  • Priority will be given to the following businesses who also meet the general eligibility above:

o   Those businesses in the tourism, hospitality, and event sectors including (Example: defined as restaurants, bars, wineries, breweries, lodging, caterers, and event rental companies)

o   Those that had to close due to either of the Governor’s ordered Freezes (Examples: gyms/fitness, indoor rec, museums, indoor/outdoor entertainment, indoor/outdoor pools, sports courts, event venues, zoos, gardens, aquariums) 

Grant Amounts

Up-to $10,000 per award

Application Process and 2-Phase Lottery System

  • The application will be streamlined, online only, and have businesses self-certify that they meet the eligibility requirements
  • Application period will be open from 12/11 to 12/18
  • Once the application period closes, a two-phase lottery system will commence to ensure an equitable and fair distribution:

o   First Lottery: Priority based round – priority-eligible businesses listed above**

  • Any remaining funds will roll into the second, “open” lottery
  • If this fund is over-subscribed, any unselected businesses will roll into the second, “open” lottery

o   Second lottery: Open round – businesses who meet general eligibility above*, but who do not meet categories listed in priority eligibility**

  • Award notifications will be issued on 12/28.  All selected businesses and associated grant agreements will be in place by 12/31, allowing us to submit the report to DAS by 1/5
  • Grant award checks will be issued by the County between December 31st and January 15th.

Program Access

The online application portal will go live at 8:00am on December 11th and will close at 11:59pm on December 18th.  Program details and the application portal can be found on the Yamhill County website under “Economic Development” > “COVID-19 Relief Grants”  Yamhill County COVID-19 Response + Recovery Grant Program | Yamhill County, Oregon  *Please note that (as of today) the November grant program is still in process so the webpage will be updated in the next few days to reflect this new program.



Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Two-Week Freeze to Stop Rapid Spread of COVID-19

New measures take effect Wednesday, Nov. 18, in ALL Oregon counties
The Two-Week Freeze measures include:
  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Limiting eating and drinking establishments to take-out and delivery only.
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup.
  • Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities (outdoor visitation permitted for supporting quality of life).

Read the full Press Release Here



Applications are now closed.  (updated 11/9/20)

Business Oregon State Grant Funds (Round 4) Applications are now open.  Deadline for expending funds is November 15th. Apply ASAP.

  • Where to Access:
  • Total Funds Available: $1.8million for the Mid-Valley (Yamhill, Marion & Polk Counties)
  • Individual Grant Award Amounts: $5,000 - $100,000
  • Eligibility:
    • The business is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Oregon.
    • If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, the business is so registered.
    • The business has 25 or fewer employees.
    • The business was adversely affected in either one of the following two ways:
  1. For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that were prohibited from operation as directed by Executive Order 20-12.
  2. For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales of 25% or more, incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 as compared against the same period of time in 2019.

**Note – If you previously received funds through Willamette Workforce Partnership (WWP) from a previous round of state grants, you may be eligible for additional funds.  Use the grant program flowchart on the website to determine which application to use.  New applicants to this site should use the full application for Round 4 funds.


The Yamhill County COVID-19 Response + Recovery Grants program has been established to rapidly deploy resources to businesses and nonprofit organizations that support Yamhill County residents and families who are most affected by the emerging health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19. Applications must be received by Friday, November 13, 2020.

Grant Categories and Allocations: 

  • Community Events - requests up to $5,000
  • Program or Service Expansion - requests up to $10,000
  • Capacity Building - requests up to $10,000
  • Business Recovery/Adaptation/Transition - requests up to $15,000
  • 501(c)(6) Business Recovery - requests up to $15,000
Qualified applicants must be located within Yamhill County, and may include:
•  Small businesses in good standing
•  Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
•  Nonprofits having a 501(c)(6) status with the IRS
•  Educational institutions
•  Local governments (city or township, special districts)
Project Period:
Projects must be completed within 12 months of the contract start date. Costs incurred prior to the contract start date will not be eligible.
Eligible Projects:
Projects must be located in Yamhill County and demonstrate significant economic impact, including, but not limited to: COVID-19 business recovery, job creation and retention; business retention, relocation, or expansion; and COVID-related business transition or adaptation.
Eligible Expenses: 
The following types of expenses will be considered:
•  Acquisition
•  Capacity building
•  Community events
•  Construction
•  Equipment purchases
•  Employee retention
•  Technical assistance
For more information and application visit


Oregon Survivors Affected by Wildfires Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance


A new program starts this week to help people who work in Oregon and need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposure, but do not have access to COVID-19-related paid sick leave, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

The COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program was created with $30 million received from the federal government to help Oregon respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

People who qualify will receive a $120 per-day payment for up to 10 working days ($1,200 total) for the time they are required quarantine.

Employees can apply online starting Wednesday, Sept. 16, at

The application form is available in English, Spanish, and Russian. Those who do not have access to electronic applications can call 833-685-0850 (toll-free) or 503-947-0130. Those who need help in a language other than these three can call 503-947-0131 for help.

DCBS and the Department of Revenue are collaborating on the new program to ensure employees meet the necessary eligibility requirements.

You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the program:
• Work in Oregon and required to file an Oregon personal income tax return.
• Directed to quarantine by a local or tribal public health authority or health care provider because of exposure to someone infected, or isolating because you have COVID-19-related symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
• Not able to work (including telework) because you need to quarantine or isolate.
• Do not expect to earn more than $60,000 individually or $120,000 jointly in 2020.
• Your employer does not provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave or you have exhausted your available COVID-19-related paid sick leave.
• Are not applying for or receiving unemployment insurance benefits for the time off due to quarantine or isolation.
• Are not applying for or receiving workers’ compensation claim benefits due to quarantine or isolation.
• Are not seeking or using benefits from similar COVID-19 quarantine relief programs in Oregon or another state.
• Are not applying for or receiving other forms of paid leave from your employer during your quarantine or isolation, such as banked sick leave or vacation leave.
• Are not laid off or furloughed by your employer.
• Must have notified your employer that you need to quarantine or isolate.

Because the available funds are limited, the program is available only to quarantine periods that were in place on or after Sept. 16. Applicants can claim only one quarantine period.

For more information or to apply, go to or call 833-685-0850 (toll-free) or 503-947-0130 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The website also contains an eligibility quiz to help people who are not sure if they qualify.


Statewide Mask, Face Covering, Face Shield Guidance (Updated 8.13.20) 

Update! The deadline has been extended to September 25th, 2020.  


Emergency Assistance Grants Available to McMinnville Businesses: (Spanish Translation)

Support for McMinnville businesses impacted by COVID-19 is available. This funding is made possible thanks to generous grants from Business Oregon and matching funds from the City of McMinnville.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be located inside the city limits of McMinnville, Oregon,
  • Have 25 or fewer employees,
  • Have been adversely affected by Executive Order 20-12 with a one-month decline in sales greater than 50% during one of the following months: March, April, May, June, July, August 2020.

The amount of the grant will be dependent upon the number of employees and fixed operating expenses. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $25,000.

Applications will be available online and at two physical locations starting on Monday, August 24, 2020. (The Application closes on September 25, 2020)

Applicants who have questions regarding the application process are encouraged to reach out to Sean Kelso, Permit Technician, with the City of McMinnville at or 503-434-7311.

Program Flyer (English & Spanish) 


Applications are now live and open for Oregon’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Cultural Support program.

Funds allocated to the Oregon Cultural Trust will be available to Oregon cultural organizations facing losses due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The $25.9 million in funding was made available through a $50 million relief package for Oregon culture recently approved by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature.

All Oregon cultural nonprofits and community venues are welcome to apply. Eligible grant recipients include, but are not limited to, cultural institutions, county fairgrounds, cultural entities within federally recognized Indian Tribes based in Oregon, and festivals and community event organizations.

Complete Application Guidelines can be found here



Governor  Announces Launch of New Programs to Assist Oregon Agricultural Workers

Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund, Community Partner Outreach Program now available to agricultural workers  

Agricultural workers who are recuperating from COVID-19 or are in self-quarantine may now apply to the Quarantine Fund through local community-based partners. The fund is administered by the Oregon Worker Relief Coalition, working in collaboration with state agencies and the Governor's Office.

Agricultural workers can apply for relief through local community-based organizations here or by calling 1-888-274-7292.

Additional details about the Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund, including the eligibility and application process, are available at and

The full press release from the Governor's Office can be found here.



Oregon Governor Announces New Requirements for Face Coverings, Limits on Social Get-Togethers to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

In response to the alarming rise in COVID-19 case counts across Oregon over the last several weeks, Governor Kate Brown today announced new requirements for face coverings and limits on social get-togethers. Effective Wednesday, July 15, Oregon’s face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. In addition, indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited.

Updated Guidance on Outdoor Social Gatherings, and Indoor Get-Togethers can be found here.  



KN95 Masks available for Yamhill County Businesses

State of Oregon has purchased and distributed KN95 masks (face coverings) to our county Emergency Management Teams for distribution to business partners throughout the state.  These masks are intended to serve the need for employees as well as patrons who do not have access to masks of their own.  There are only two requirements for the businesses to receive this PPE:

  1. Their business must be located within Yamhill County
  2. The recipient businesses must have less than 50 employees

Businesses can reach out directly to Brian Young at OR log in an submit a request online here here . Once you have submitted a request you will receive a pick up time, and further directions.  


Supplies are limited and will e issued on a first come-first served basis via- requests.


 7/8/20 UPDATED on 8/6/20

Grant funding is available to support businesses impacted by Covid-19 in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties.  Find the full press release here.

  • The first round of funding will be distributed to businesses in the three county area with up to 25 employees. The amount of the grant will be dependent upon number of employees and fixed operating expenses. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $25,000. Applications will be available on the Willamette Workforce Partnership website ( on *Tuesday, July 21 at noon. Applications will close at noon on Monday, July 27. *  The application has been re-opened on Thursday August 6, 2020! 
  • Eligible businesses must be headquartered in Oregon, have 25 or fewer employees, have been adversely affected by Executive Order 20-12 or have a one-month decline in sales greater than 50% in the month of March or April 2020. For profit and nonprofit organizations are eligible. If a business has accessed federal CARES Act funding, they are not eligible for this program.
  • Two grant application webinars will be hosted by the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center.


¡Aquí para ayudar! Revisión del proceso de solicitud de fondos de subvención. -  Register Online

Lunes, el 13 de Julio

6pm - 7pm


    • Apoyo para empresas en los condados de Marion, Polk y Yamhill afectados por la pandemia COVID-19 esta disponible.
    • Willamette Workforce Partnership gestionará el proceso de subvenciones. Las solicitudes serán aceptadas, en, a las 12:00 PM el Martes 21 de Julio hasta las 12:00 PM el Jueves 23 de Julio.
    • Para conocer mas de el proceso de solicitud y responder a sus preguntas, únase con nosotros para una sesión informativa.

Here to Help! Grant Funds Application Process Review - Register Online

Monday, July 20
6pm - 7pm


    • Grant funds are available for businesses in Marion, Polk & Yamhill Counties impacted by COVID-19.
    • Willamette Workforce Partnership will be managing the grant process. Applications will be accepted, at,  at 12:00PM on Tuesday, July 21 until 12:00 PM on Monday, July 27.
    • To learn more about the application process and get your questions answered, join us for an informational session.



Governor Brown Extends Face Coverings Requirement Statewide Starting July 1st.

Read the full press release here

Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance from Oregon Health Authority

Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance (Updated 7-9-2020)


Applications now available for the Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program

Oregon’s Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program is designed to assist agricultural producers and workers with the additional measures required, that includes additional housing, field sanitation, transportation and mitigation measures. Applications to access these funds will be accepted beginning today Wednesday, June 10, 2020 thru October 25, 2020 and will be processed in the order received. Additional Information is available at the FSFS Program website

Types of Assistance Available


$10 million

Field Sanitation & Transportation

$6 million

Mitigating COVID-19

$14 million

Funding for:

  • Assistance for alternative on-farm housing options
  • Hotel/motel reimbursement

Funding for:

  • Handwashing stations
  • Portable restrooms
  • Physical distancing transportation
  • Distribution of PPE
  • Quarantine Fund
  • Community-based outreach and education


Yamhill County has been approved to enter Phase 2 of re-opening on Saturday June 6th, 2020. Please find the following guidelines as we prepare for next steps. 

Guidance for Counties entering Phase 2. 


McMinnville Temporary Outdoor Expansion Permit Application

The City of McMinnville has changed their permit application to include outdoor expansion due to COVID-19. Temporary permits are available for businesses needing to expand their seating to outdoor areas.

Please note the following guidelines for the permit:

  • Before expanding your outdoor seating area beyond pre-existing areas, please contact the OLCC to conform you are permitted for serving alcohol in the expanded areas.
  • The application is for businesses expanding onto private property only, any business using public right of way will need to utilize a different permit process. Call the fire department for further details and questions. 503.435.5800


Local PPE Available

Do you or your business need to purchase PPE? Are you manufacturing PPE in our region? We've been working with our economic development partner, SEDCOR, to provide a directory of local manufacturers producing PPE so you can source your purchases close to home. The site will be updated regularly with additional manufacturers and purchasing options.

Thank you to the team at SEDCOR for making this happen.


Yamhill County has been approved to enter Phase 1 of re-opening on Friday, May 15th. 

Please review the guidelines for the general public, employers and sector specific businesses. 

View the State and County  Covid-19 sites for the most current information 


 SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

 The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

  • Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
  • Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
  • Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
  • Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined

The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.

Click here to view the application and instructions.

 Oregon Businesses Encouraged to Apply for Paycheck Protection Loans Now

Oregon banks and credit unions are ready to process more loans. With an estimated $100 billion still available in the program nationwide, more Oregon businesses can take advantage of the program! 

Visit the Business Oregon Small Business Navigator to find out more. 


A Message from the Small Business Administration 

Avoid COVID-19 scams!

Scammers are using the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) name to con small businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis through phone calls, emails, text messages and letters.

Please note:

  • If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.
  • Emails from SBA or other legitimate government agencies will always end in .gov.
  • There is no cost to apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and SBA will never ask you to provide a credit card.
  • Do not release any private information (social security number, date of birth, etc.) or banking information in response to an unsolicited caller, letter, email, or text.
  • If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with your application number.
  • An SBA logo on an email or webpage does not guarantee the information is accurate or from the SBA.
  • Check for spelling and grammatical errors in an email and be wary of clicking on any links or attachments.
  • For help with applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, call 800-659-2955 or You can also use a text telephone (TTY) by calling 1-800-877-8339.
  • For inquiries regarding support for small businesses, send an email to
  • Visit the Small Business Cybersecurity site to learn more about small Business Cybersecurity tips, common threats, training, and best practices.
  • Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Infrastructure site for small business resources.
  • Trust your instincts! If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true.



MEDP is part of the Mid-Valley Regional Recovery Team organized through the Regional Solutions department of the Governor’s Office. We are seeking information from you that we can share with the Governor’s Coronavirus Economic Recovery Council. While we realize this may be repetitive, It is important to gather this information as it will aid Oregon in obtaining federal funding.

Mid Valley Business Impact Survey, please complete.


-Oregon Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-12 with guidance on business closures, operation standards and critical designations:

-CISA guidance on identifying sectors and businesses that qualify as critical infrastructure:


Please feel free to contact me as well.

Scott Cooper, Executive Director, MEDP

503.474.6814 office | 503.550.8504 mobile |


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