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COVID-19: Small Business Navigator

Operational Cost Assistance and Commercial Rent Relief Program

The Oregon Legislative Emergency Board allocated approximately $100 million to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic and the restrictions it necessitated. Following two rounds of distribution of Commercial Rent Relief assistance grants, approximately $28 million ($8M of federal CARES Act and $20M of state General Funds) remains to be distributed in a final round through the Operational Cost Assistance Grant.

Operational Costs Assistance Grant (Commercial Rent Relief Round 3)
The Operational Cost Assistance Grant is designed for businesses with 100 or fewer employees in industries that were particularly affected by the pandemic, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, brewpubs, theaters, bowling centers, and salons. The program is open for applications May 26 – June 6.

Commercial Rent Relief Grant (Commercial Rent Relief Rounds 1-2)
The Commercial Rent Relief Grant program targets landlords with tenant businesses with 100 or fewer employees who are behind on lease payments or any forgiven base rent amounts that have been negotiated due to COVID-19. The program will require both business tenant and property owner participation. The program includes additional protections for tenants, such as non-eviction clauses, and a waiver of penalties and interest.

Round one applications closed on March 22, and round two applications closed May 6, 2021. Applications are currently being processed. Applicants are encouraged to check their email for additional information and direction on next steps. If you applied for this program and have not received follow up communication(s), please contact the Small Business Navigator Hotline at 833-604-0880 and ask to speak with a member of our Commercial Rent Relief Program Review Team. Round two applicants must have their Landlord/Tenant Contract and Award Letter forms filed by June 16, 2021. This deadline is necessary to keep the Commercial Rent Relief Program, a one-time and emergency initiative, on schedule and moving forward.

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