Over $3.6 million in grant funds are now available for eligible businesses impacted by COVID19 in Jackson and Josephine Counties

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Applications for this new “Southern Oregon CARES Business Grant” (“SOCARES”) fund may be accessed through SOREDI, which has contracted as grant administrator for both counties.

These new grant funds are available in all 36 Oregon counties through a $55 million allocation made by the State of Oregon. These funds are intended to be equally accessible to all businesses including the historically disadvantaged population groups (Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Women-owned businesses). Application preference will given to those who were mandated to be closed due to Executive Order 20-65.

SOCARES Business Grant applications and FAQs may be accessed here: https://soredi.org/socares/

$2.4M has been allocated to Jackson County. Applications will open for Jackson County at 12 pm PST on Friday, December 4.

$1.2M has been allocated to Josephine County.  Applications will open for Josephine County at 12 pm PST on Saturday, December 5.

ONLY complete applications, with all required documentation, will be considered. Applications will be accepted until funding is exhausted or 12 pm PST on Tuesday, December 29, whichever comes first. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Due to the amount of potential grant awards and short timeframe to apply, SOREDI staff will NOT be able to accept questions by phone. Those needing assistance may schedule a 15-minute appointment with SOREDI via the website. This is a new program with new requirements different from the previous matching grant programs. Businesses who applied for other funding or were placed on a wait list for funding will need to reapply and resubmit documentation.

The SOREDI Press Release can be found at https://soredi.org/news-socares/.

Small business owners are eligible for free, confidential, one-on-one business advising from the Southern Oregon University SBDC.

Register for free advising at https://sbdc.sou.edu.

The SOU Small Business Development Center is located at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett Street (between Central and Riverside off 8th Street), in Medford. We offer local business advising for every stage of your business: from idea, to launch, to expansion–even help guide you through an exit or succession plan. Call for an appointment today: (541) 552-8300.

Oregon Small Business Development Centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and by the Oregon Business Development Department.

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