The City of La Grande, with funding from Business Oregon, is offering grants for small businesses and nonprofit organizations that experienced revenue reduction due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you received less than $2,500 of PPP and EIDL funds in 2020, and you have at least a 50% decrease in sales year-over-year, you may be eligible for this grant.

Application is available in English and in Spanish (and other languages upon request); please read the qualifications carefully. Clicking on these links will bring you to a PDF to download.
If you are operating a sole proprietorship, please remit a copy of your Schedule C tax return with your application. If you have questions about completing the application, or need a printed copy of the application, please contact NEOEDD staff at 541-426-3598 or at the email addresses on the About NEOEDD page.

PLEASE NOTE: The application that was provided by Business Oregon is a PDF, not an online form. It may not save your answers. We recommend testing it first. If it doesn’t save the form after you fill it out, try printing and then scanning and emailing the completed form. Or, print it out blank, write-in answers, and scan and email, or mail. To submit an application, email as follows:

Submit Application to: [email protected]. Grants will NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE after Friday, October 23rd. 

The Oregon Legislature, in partnership with the Governor and the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon), created a program to provide financial assistance to small businesses adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that have not received federal emergency assistance under the federal CARES Act or other federal program for emergency pandemic funding.

The City of La Grande has received funding to make Grants within the City of La Grande City Limits. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Businesses must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
  • The Business is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Baker, Union or Wallowa counties
  • 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:
    • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that were prohibited from operation as directed by Executive Order 20-12.
    • For-profit businesses that can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales greater than 50% in the month of March 2020 - July 2020 as compared against sales in the month of January 2019 - August 2019. Those non-profit businesses (limited to 501(c)(3)corporations) that can demonstrate a decline in revenue greater than 50% across the months of March 2020 - July 2020 as compared against the same period of time in 2019.
The following Businesses are ineligible to apply for or receive funding:
  • Passive real estate holding companies and other entities holding passive investments.
  • Non-profit entities that do not have federal 501(c)(3) status.
  • Businesses that are delinquent on federal, state, or local taxes that were due before April 1, 2020.
  • Businesses that do not comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Businesses that have already received grant funds through this State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program.
  • Businesses that do not otherwise meet the eligibility requirements set forth above.
The amount of the grant will be the greater of two figures: first based on the number of employees before the COVID-19 crisis (as of February 29, 2020); or the second based on the documented amount of fixed operating expenses for the 60 day period of January 1 through February 29, 2020:
  • 1-5 employees
    • $5,000, or
    • 60-day fixed expenses up to a maximum of $10,000.
  • 6-10 employees
    • $10,000, or
    • 60-day fixed expenses up to a maximum of $20,000.
  • 11-15 employees
    • $15.000, or
    • 60-day fixed expenses up to a maximum of $30,000.
  • 16-20 employees
    • $20,000, or
    • 60-day fixed expenses up to a maximum of $40,000.
  • 20-25 employees
    • $25,000, or
    • 60-day fixed expenses up to a maximum of $50,000.
Only employees reported to the Oregon Employment Department on Form 132, for Q42019 or Q1 2020, will be considered eligible when calculating the number of employees.

Selection and Award Process
The City of La Grande will create a committee to score applications and make funding recommendations to the City. Staff will collect applications and review eligibility criteria, distribute eligible applications to the committee for scoring and collate scores to provide a rank order of businesses. The committee will discuss the applications and make funding recommendations. Funding recommendations may not be completely tied to rank order given that other factors, such as eligibility for other available funding and distribution of funding to sole proprietors, will be considered.
Priority will be given to:
  • Businesses experiencing the greatest impacts from mandatory closures, social distancing requirements, and other types of business curtailments. Priority will be given to those with the greatest, and most clearly demonstrated impact. (0-5 points) 
  • Businesses operated by sole proprietors. (10 points)
  • Businesses that have responded, or are planning to respond, to the pandemic in ways that will increase their likelihood of being in business for the next year. (0-5 points)
  • Businesses that provide more than 50% of the owner’s household income or nonprofits employing staff that provide more than 50% of the staff’s household income. (5 points)
Send your completed application with any required attachments to the following emails based on the county in which you operate your business:
[email protected]

FAQ: What businesses were prohibited from operation as directed by Executive Order 20-12? 

Businesses that were prohibited from operation are those whose primary revenue source is from amusement parks; aquariums; arcades; art galleries (to the extent that they are open without appointment); barber shops and hair salons; bowling alleys; cosmetic stores; dance studios; esthetician practices; fraternal organization facilities; furniture stores; gyms and fitness studios (including climbing gyms); hookah bars; indoor and outdoor malls (i.e., all portions of a retail complex containing stores and restaurants in a single area); indoor party places (including jumping gyms and laser tag); jewelry shops and boutiques (unless they provide goods exclusively through pick-up or delivery service); medical spas, facial spas, day spas, and non-medical massage therapy services; museums; nail and tanning salons; non-tribal card rooms; skating rinks; senior activity centers; ski resorts; social and private clubs; tattoo/piercing parlors; tennis clubs; theaters; yoga studios; and youth clubs.

This Program was funded in part with State of Oregon General Funds and Lottery Funds administered by the Oregon Business Development Department.

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