Marion county is lending a hand to struggling business during the coronavirus pandemic.

If businesses or sole proprietors with five or fewer employees are experiencing negative economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Commissioners has dedicated $200,000 from the Marion County Economic Stimulus Funding Program to distribute grants of up to $5,000 to eligible businesses throughout the county.

The county has partnered with Willamette Workforce Partnership (WWP) to manage the application process and complete information is available on the WWP website at www.willwp.org  

Applications for funding support will be available on Tuesday, April 7, at noon. Completed applications for these grants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning on Thursday, April 9, at noon. The window to apply is limited, applications will not be accepted after noon on Friday, April 10.

“This program throws a lifeline to those family owned businesses that were shut through no fault of their own,” said Commissioner Colm Willis, Chair, Marion County Board of Commissioners.

“We are poised and ready to quickly get funding support into the hands of businesses that need it most, that perhaps don’t have other options during these unprecedented times. I appreciate the commitment of the Marion County’s commissioners and am glad we can serve our community in this way,” said Kim Parker-Llerenas, Executive Director, Willamette Workforce Partnership.

For more information, visit www.willep.org or contact Marion County at (503) 373-4300 or [email protected].