Gilliam County Small Business Grant Program
Gilliam County recognizes the importance of supporting existing local businesses and the creation of new businesses. The Gilliam County Small Business Grant Program was established to assist our small businesses and to promote economic development, business expansion, and job creation. Our goal is to provide funding to eligible projects as long as funding allows.
These funds are being administered by the Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Gilliam County.
Eligible Entities: Applicants must operate a business in Gilliam County, be able to demonstrate the need for assistance and provide a compelling narrative about the value of the project. The entity must also be one of the following:
- Registered, For-Profit Businesses, home-based businesses and sole proprietors
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Fraternal Organizations
- Applicants must be current on all Federal, State and County Taxes.
Allowable grant fund uses include:
New Business Entrepreneurship Support
- Assistance up to $3,000. Grants to support new business start-up costs including purchase of equipment, materials, signage, legal services, management software, and other related expenses. Business Expansion, Preservation and Retention.
- Assistance up to $10,000. Grants to support an existing or new Home Based Childcare Business. Funding can be allocated to business start-up costs including purchase of equipment, materials, signage, legal services, management software, and other related expenses.
Business Expansion and Retention
- Assistance up to $15,000. Grants to support projects that positively impact local communities. Eligible activities include rehabilitation, restoration, acquisition, facade improvements, new construction.
One Time Support
- Assistance up to $3,000. Grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations for one-time arts and cultural programs in eligible communities. Funding may be used for both existing and new programs. Eligible projects benefit residents for the greater good.
- Assistance up to $5,000. Grants to fund businesses in need of emergency support for special circumstances of needs. Grant will be evaluated and considered on a case by case basis. Funding will be determined on the impact the project will make on supporting the sustainability of the business long term.
Applicants are required to do quarterly check-ins with the Chamber to ensure funds are being put to their greatest use and to help you continue to identify resiliency tools and resources available for your business.
Review Process & Funding Decision
Applicants must submit a completed application form, budget form, and requested related support material. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Once your application is submitted, a Chamber Director will reach out to you to ensure your intake and application is complete.
Applications will be submitted electronically to the Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce. The Small Business Revitalization Committee consists of representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, two Gilliam County members, and a member of the Greater Eastern Oregon Economic Development Corporation.
The Small Business Revitalization Committee will:
- Determine applicant eligibility. Only eligible applicants will be considered for funding.
- Review applications for completeness and accuracy.
- Seek clarification or additional information from applicants, as necessary.
- Make funding decisions.
Funding decisions are at the sole discretion of the Small Business Revitalization Committee. The Committee reserves the right to award funds at a reduced level from what is requested in the application. The Committee’s funding decision is final.
Successful applicants will be required to sign a Grant Agreement, which outlines the allowable uses of funds and reporting requirements, prior to release of funds. Failure to comply with the requirements outlined in the Grant Agreement may preclude an applicant from being eligible for future grant offerings.
Successful applicants will be required to report to the Chamber of Commerce as outlined in their Grant Agreement. Failure to meet the reporting requirements of the Grant Agreement may preclude an applicant from being eligible for future grant offerings.
Applications can be obtained from and submitted to the Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning on March 1, 2022 until funding has been fully committed [MOU1] but no later than January 1, 2023.