COVID-19 Business Resources

The City of Silverton understands the tremendous impact the COVID-19 response is having on our local businesses.

We are here to support you and your business, including communicating what resources are available to help during  this difficult period.  Please see sections below for Reopening/Operational Guidance and Resources and Resources for Funding/Learning/Other Supports.

Several sites, including the following, are continually updating local and state resources for local businesses.  These resources cover a variety of needs for business continuity:

Reopening/Operational Logistics and Resources

Resources for Funding/Learning/Other Supports:

Commercial Rent Relief Applications Now Open - March 8, 2021 - applications open for two weeks followed by lottery draw

Business Oregon is now accepting grant applications to assist small businesses that are behind on their lease payments due to impacts from COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

The program provides grants to building owners to cover outstanding lease payments from small business tenants. The grants can go up to $100,000 per business tenant, but not more than $3 million for each landlord.

The program is intended to help for-profit small business tenants that have 100 or fewer employees. The agreement will include additional protections for tenants, such as 6-month non-eviction clauses for non-payment, and a waiver of penalties and interest on COVID-impacted payments. Both the business tenant and property owner will need to participate in the application process and sign the grant agreement, but the initial application needs to be completed by the landlord. 

The online application is now available on Business Oregon’s website in multiple languages. The application period will be open for two weeks, with eligible submissions chosen by a lottery system that will also ensure geographic distribution across all regions of the state.

Paycheck Protection Program Updates- January 2021

  • Congress passed another relief package making several changes to key programs that provide financial support to small businesses:

    Changes to the original Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) A new “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses Additional funding and revised EIDL Grant program New Employee Retention Tax Credits A Venue Grant program

    Join the Chemeketa SBDC for a live webinar to learn how to apply for these federal funds.


Archived information (deadlines or workshops that have passed, though the sponsoring organizations may have other resources):

Paycheck Protection Program Updates- January 2021

  • Congress passed another relief package making several changes to key programs that provide financial support to small businesses:

    Changes to the original Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) A new “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses Additional funding and revised EIDL Grant program New Employee Retention Tax Credits A Venue Grant program

    Join the Chemeketa SBDC for a live webinar to learn how to apply for these federal funds.

Two Sources for Additional State Funding for Small Businesses Announced :

The Oregon legislature and Governor Brown approved $20 million more to Business Oregon’s Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund. 

  • The application for this new round of funds will be available beginning this Thursday, November 19 on Business Oregon's website
  • Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Businesses are eligible to receive up to $200,000 in grant funding as detailed in the grant application. To be eligible, a business must show it was prohibited from operations by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12, or demonstrate a 25% reduction in sales over a 30-day period in 2020 compared to a comparable period in 2019.
  • The state will commit $55 million in financial assistance to support Oregon businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. These funds will be allocated to counties to distribute to businesses who have been financially impacted.  The Governor’s Office anticipates that funds will be distributed to counties within the next several weeks Businesses who are interested in applying should contact their county for more information. 

Grant Funding Available to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties

Willamette Workforce Partnership has opened a 4th round of grant funds to eligible businesses, as of October 19th. The criteria for eligibility has been expanded, and the grant maximums have increased, so it is anticipate funds will be awarded at a very fast pace. Applications will be available on willwp.org until all funding is no longer available.

2021 MCDC Grant Application Period Open

Marion Cultural Development Corporation (MCDC) awarded 2020 grant funds at a reception in January 2020.  They received 32 applications requesting $61,712 and only had $39,000 to award. This resulted in the funding cutoff only allowing MCDC to fund the top 20 scoring applications.

 Applications for 2021 projects will be accepted online only, beginning October 16, 2020. The deadline to apply will be 5 pm on November 16, 2020. Grantees will be notified of the status of their application by December 1, 2020, and successful applicants will receive their awards sometime in early January 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, MCDC might not hold an in-person grant reception this year, but instead host a virtual reception. Details will accompany award notifications.

Note: For the 2021 grant cycle, in response to the critical need of cultural organizations in Marion County, MCDC will allow grant applications that request funds directly related to general operating support and capacity building within the organization. Clearly articulate the need and that you have not been awarded other grants or donations that cover these expenses.

Complete application information can be found on the MCDC Grant Application page. To find out how to support the Oregon Cultural Trust and earn a tax credit, visit www.culturaltrust.org.

GRANT FUNDING OPENING AUGUST 24 - 31

Grant Funding Available to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. 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. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $12,500. 

Applications will be available on the Willamette Workforce Partnership website on Tuesday, August 24 at noon. Applications will close at noon on Monday, August 31.

Alert for Silverton businesses: Please visit the Silverton Small Business Fund application to view requirements and apply today!

Alert for Self-Employed Individuals, Independent Contractors, and others ineligible for Regular Unemployment

Thursday, June 18 - Legal Considerations for Reopening Your BusinessSponsored by Small Business Development Center and Small Legal Business Clinic.  Register at the link above!  The presentation will include information from the CDC, OSHA, and Oregon State guidance and requirements for Phase I and Phase II. 

June 8 - Webinar  - Monday June 8- Legal Considerations for Reopening Your BusinessSponsored by Small Business Development Center and Small Legal Business Clinic.  Register at the link above!  The presentation will include information from the CDC, OSHA, and Oregon State guidance and requirements for Phase I and Phase II.

May 28: Upcoming "Moving Forward with Your Business" Webinar on May 28  through Small Business Development Center at Chemeketa Community College - other webinars on other topics available as well.

April 2:   Marion County and Willamette Workshop Partnership announced small business grants of up to $5,000.  You can also learn more about the grants by contacting Marion County at 503-373-4300 or by email at BusinessRecovery@co.marion.or.us

  • Applications for funding support will be available on Tuesday, April 7th at 12:00 PM. 
  • Completed applications for these grants will be accepted on a first come, first served bases beginning on Thursday, April 9th at 12:00 PM. 
  • Applications will not be accepted after Friday, April 10th at 12:00 PM