Available Small Business Grants & Resources
Benton County Microenterprise CDBG Grant – Available to assist sole-proprietors, micro-enterprises (5 or fewer employees, including owner), and small businesses (6 or more employees) that have been impacted directly by the Covid-19 public health restrictions in 2020 and continuing into 2021. Businesses must be located outside of the Corvallis city limits. Grant award levels are $5,000 for sole-proprietors, up to $10,000 for micro-enterprises, and $2,500 per full-time employee for small businesses up to a maximum of $25,000. CDBG has many nuances to the program, so to make things easier, CLW has created an initial pre-screening questionnaire to assist with the qualification process. (En Español)
Fitness in the Parks – Fitness establishments that have been negatively impacted by limited capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 can now apply for a Special Use Permit that would allow them to operate in selected City parks. The program is set to run through September 30, 2021 from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Cloverland Park, Riverfront Commemorative Park, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Riverbend Park, and Chepenafa Springs Park are eligible for use under this permit. For more information on the permit requirements, please contact Heather Stevens, 541-766-6422, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sidewalk Café Grant Program – The City is offering a temporary grant program to fund the 2021 sidewalk café fees. The business owner will still be required to apply for the sidewalk café permit to operate, however, the fees for 2021 can be funded through the grant if the City receives a grant application and approves the café permit. Submit this grant application with your sidewalk café application. The sidewalk café permit for the 2021 café season runs through December 2021.
Business Right-of-Way (BROW) Permit Program – Restaurant, retail, and service businesses are eligible to use up to four parking spaces adjacent to their business for outdoor seating, queuing or shopping areas. Non-adjacent spaces in Municipal parking lots may be approved if the business applies to use a tent. Businesses are required to provide any fencing, barricades, or outdoor furniture to delineate the areas approved for outdoor use. Fencing items may be left out overnight. When used for outdoor dining, alcohol may be served per Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) license agreements. Application materials and related info can be found here.
Private Parking Lot Use for Local Businesses – Businesses can use vehicle storage space for outdoor operations, such as dining or merchandising, so long as 50% of the required spaces remain available for vehicle parking. This permission doesn’t include parking spaces in the public right of way, such as those in downtown Corvallis. In addition, drive aisles, fire access areas, and ADA-accessible spaces must remain unobstructed.
Shop/Support Local Business
- Corvallis Savings Pass– Visit Corvallis has developed an online savings passport that we are promoting to out-of-town travelers, visiting groups and locals alike! This mobile-exclusive savings passport features Corvallis businesses and there is no cost to you to participate in the program. Check out who is already participating >>
- IOU Corvallis – A community-sourced fund that provides meals for folks who need a boost, business to restaurants, and security to our friends and neighbors. IOU Corvallis is back up and running during the two-week freeze!
- Built Oregon Marketplace – Give the gift of Oregon. Oregon makers, growers and producers with shelf-stable products can sign up to sell on this online platform. Built Oregon works to support and accelerate the founders and companies through the state, and create inclusive opportunities to the next generation of entrepreneurs. You can sign your business up for the platform here >>
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