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Small Business Emergency Grant Program: Phase II

  • The City of Gresham is launching the second phase of an emergency assistance program to offer temporary relief to businesses impacted by the statewide stay-at-home order. This expanded program includes all qualifying businesses that are significantly impacted or closed because of COVID-19.

    Business owners receiving grant approval should expect payment approximately 7-10 days after application submittal.

    Given the expected volume of applications versus available funding, the City’s application period will be open on Tuesday March 31, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm PST.

      Program outline

      • Estimated available funding: $400,000.
      • Program will provide one-time grants in the amount of $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000 per business.
      • Number of employees for a qualifying business is based upon the number on their current City of Gresham business license.
      • Business owners that have been/will be approved for receiving grants from Phase I (small business - restaurant sector) are not eligible.

      Grant applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

      • Businesses that have been ordered closed in accordance with Governor Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order No. 20-12.
      • Significant impact of COVID-19 on business finances.
      • How the grant funds will be utilized.
      • Number of years operating within Gresham.
      • Woman- , minority- or veteran-owned business within Gresham.

      Qualifying business types

    • Retail commercial and food cart businesses

      This grant is for retail commercial and food cart businesses that are affected by the impact of COVID-19 and Governor Brown's executive order 20-12, which includes but is not limited to:

      • Shopping: Outdoor and indoor malls and retail complexes, although individual types of businesses not subject to the measures may stay open
      • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs and exercise studios
      • Grooming: Barbershops, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlors, cosmetic stores and non-medical wellness spas
      • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys and pool halls   
    • Commercial independent contractor

      An independent contractor is a person or entity contracted to perform work for – or provide services to – another entity as a non-employee. As a result, independent contractors must pay their own Social Security and Medicare taxes.

      This application is for independent contractors whose base of operations:

      • Is located within the Gresham city limits, and
      • Is within a City-licensed business with a physical establishment, aka “brick and mortar” presence within the City of Gresham, and
      • Has been affected by Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-12, which includes but is not limited to:
        • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios
        • Grooming: Barbershops, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlors and non-medical wellness spas
    • Applications will be available here on Tuesday, March 31 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, and will be available in English and Spanish. Please check back at that time for links to the applications.