Grant program opens for East County businesses hit by vandalism
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. (KPTV) - Multnomah County has opened up a grant program for small businesses east of Interstate 205 that need to repair damage from recent vandalism.
Businesses can use the funds to repair broken windows, remove graffiti and mend damage from vandalism that has happened since July 1, 2022. Businesses can apply for $5,000 grants as part of the $100,000 program.
Multnomah County is partnering with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) to distribute the money.
“The need to help small businesses who suffered so much from the COVID-19 disruption, but didn’t necessarily qualify for other repair grants, is still very real,” said Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson. “I’m committed to doing what we can to help these small East County businesses that are so critical to our community’s recovery and economic health.”
To qualify for the “Multnomah County Vandalism Grant,” a business must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be located in Multnomah County, east of I-205
- Have repaired physical damage to the business since July 1, 2022
- Be headquartered in Oregon and principally operate in Oregon
- If required, be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business
- Be for-profit or a 501(c)(3) non-profit
- Be open or planning to reopen shortly
- Comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
- Cannot be a passive investment holding company
- Cannot be delinquent on taxes due before May 18, 2021
The county is only allowing one application for any one business or business owner.
To apply for a grant in English or Spanish, click here.
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