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May 20, 2020

Business Oregon makes Community Development Block Grants available for COVID-19 response

$3.75MM is now available for communities impacted by COVID-19, for small business assistance and projects that prevent, prepare for, and respond to the pandemic. The funds are available to "non-entitlement communities" that do not get direct CDBG funding from the federal government.


Business Oregon has made available $3,750,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for non-entitlement communities impacted by COVID-19. The funds will be divided into two project types: $2,000,000 for Small Business/Microenterprise Assistance and $1,750,000 for emergency COVID-19 response assistance—projects that prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19. All program funds are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Eligible applications will be accepted until all the allocated funding has been exhausted.

Small Business and Micro-enterprise Assistance

These funds will be accessible to non-entitlement communities through the release of this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The NOFA and use of CDBG is in response to the current COVID pandemic in an effort to provide assistance to our rural communities.


Those interested in applying for the Small Business and Microenterprise Assistance Program need to submit an application through an online application. The NOFA can be found in the link below. Business Oregon will begin accepting applications on May 26, 2020.

View the NOFA and application details on Business Oregon’s website.

Emergency COVID-19 Response Assistance

These funds are geared toward assistance for medical supplies manufacturing, facilities improvements in response to infectious disease, and increase in public services in assisting the communities in responding to the risk of COVID-19. Similarly, these funds will be available for non-entitlement communities only. View program information, pre-application, and application details.


For all application types detailed program guidance can be found in Chapter 15 of the state’s Method of Distribution. Should you be interested in pursuing applying for these funds we recommend you first contact your Regional Development Officer.

Media Contact: Nathan Buehler// 503-689-3559


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