Starting November 19 at 3 p.m., the application for another round of funding for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be available. The program will provide grants up to $200,000 for eligible businesses (including 501(c)(3)s) with up to 100 employees that have received $1 million or less in CARES funding). Go to Business Oregonís website for more information and the application which will be available after 3 p.m.
All eligible Southern Oregon businesses and not-for-profits are encouraged to apply. In addition, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce has a website for business assistance and staff to help businesses access the process.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, so the Ashland Chamber can keep a record for potential future opportunities.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.