United Way COVID-19 Fund
United Way was provided additional money from Jackson County to also provide relief for rent, utilities, and more to small businesses affected by COVID-19. Documentation is required and available funding is up to $3,000 per small business. Click here for the application. Click here for more information on the program.
The Oregon Cares Fund
The Oregon Cares Fund is a targeted investment in the Black community from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. This fund is meant to provide the Black community with the resources it needs to weather the global health pandemic and consequent recession. The Oregon Cares Fund is for Black people, Black-owned businesses, and Black community based organizations. Click here to apply or learn more.
The Oregon Cultural Trust
Applications are now being accepted for nearly $26 million in funding for cultural organizations facing losses due COVID-19. Organizations can apply for Oregonís Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Cultural Support program through noon on Monday, August 24, with funds distributed in mid September.
Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses
Governor Kate Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small businesses during the pandemic. Orders will be fulfilled at no charge while supplies last.
Apply for free masks and gloves here: supplyconnector.org/states/oregon/free-ppe/
Ashland Chamber of Commerce
The Ashland Chamber will be assisting Ashland businesses (whether they are members or not) with business assistance and recovery information.
How to Support Local Businesses
View resources concerning the Coronavirus and call their established hotline to help get the best resource for your business.
Diaster Loan Assistance
As of March 19, Jackson and Josephine Counties have been named as eligible disaster areas for the Small Business Administration's Disaster Loan Assistance. Click the link above to apply and contact the Ashland Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
This website from the Small Business Development Center and Rogue Workforce offers information on national and local funding for businesses affected by COVID-19 and other business resources.
Submit Official Testimony to Governor's Councils
Use the link above to submit testimony about the impacts individual businesses have faced to the Governor's Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council and the Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response. Please also submit a copy of your testimony to email@example.com, so the Ashland Chamber can keep a record for potential future opportunities.
State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant Program
The City of Ashland was awarded matching funds from the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) to facilitate a COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program with $140,000 available for small businesses and non-profits.
***The deadline has passed for this grant opportunity. If you are interested in possible regional grants that might be available, please contact Natalie Thomason at firstname.lastname@example.org.***
State Eviction Moratorium
As of September 28, the Governor extended the residential eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020. Landlords cannot evict tenants or charge late fees during this time.
Read the Governor's press release and Executive Order 20-56.
Refer to this link for Tenant and Landlord resources.
Emergency Checks Available
The Oregon Legislature has approved $35 million in funding to provide financial relief to Oregonians experiencing hardships due to COVID-19, are not current on unemployment payments, and earned $4,000 or less per month prior to income lost as a result of COVID-19.
Click here for further details on qualifying and a list of private organizations where you can apply.
Rent and Utility Assistance
ACCESS was awarded over $3.3 million for COVID-19 rental relief assistance and $770,867 for energy assistance. The funding for rental relief and energy assistance is for anyone at or below 80 percent of the area median income residing in Jackson County. Information regarding these programs and how to apply can be found here.
Please contact ACCESS to apply for these programs if you are in need of rental support or need help paying for your utility bills. You can reach them at (541) 414-0308 for rental support, (541) 779-9020 for energy assistance, or at www.accesshelps.org.
United Way was provided $500,000 in funding from Jackson County to also provide relief for rent, utilities, car repairs and more to those affected by COVID-19. Documentation is required and available funding is up to $1,000 per individual or family. Click here for the application and more information.
Local food pantries providing assistance in Southern Oregon:
ACCESS (Located in Medford)
Ashland Emergency Food Bank (Located in Ashland)
St. Vincent de Paul (Located in Medford)
OHRA also provides free meal deliveries in Ashland.
Ashland Fiber Network Offers Free Education Access Again
With schools being changed to online or hybrid learning formats, Ashland Fiber Network (AFN) will provide FREE cable modem service at 30 Mbps for all K-12 & college students and staff who are not currently (or within the past 30 days) AFN customers. During this time, activation fees will be waived, and a cable modem will be provided. See ashlandfiber.net or call (541) 552-2222 to sign up.
Online, phone,and mailed self-responses are now accepted through October 31. Non-response follow up in person interviews will take place from August 11 to October 31.
If you haven't already, go to 2020census.gov to take the census online today.
Jackson County Library Services
View current library closures and cancelations of events.
View closures and allowed appointments for select branches.
View updates on service and facilities open for drop off.
Rogue Valley Transportation District
Check for updates on the bus routes.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
View OSF's updates on cancelations and plans moving forward.
View grocery delivery options for Ashland, learn how to stay active and connected, and much more.