City of Hillsboro Announces $1.1 Million in COVID-19 Crisis Funding
Immediate measures will help impacted small businesses, employees, and renters
March 27 Update: The City of Hillsboro is committing an additional $500,000 in funding for emergency grants to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. This second round of grant money doubles the total amount of the City’s COVID-19 crisis funding for small businesses to $1 million.
Additional details will be announced on our COVID-19 Business Resources webpage and social media channels on Monday, March 30. The second round of grant applications will open on Tuesday, April 7. This emergency grant funding is ONLY for small businesses inside Hillsboro city limits with an active business license from the City of Hillsboro.Small business applicants who applied during the first round and were selected to receive an emergency grant will be notified by email and standard mail this week and next week.
Thank you to everyone in our community who is working to help our small businesses and their employees during this time. We WILL make it through this together.
March 22 Update: The emergency grant application process for small businesses is active as of Monday, March 23, at 8 am. Information about how to apply for rental assistance was added on Monday, March 23, at 8 am. The City of Hillsboro is continuing work to create the formal process for emergency loans for small and medium-sized businesses. We are working as quickly as possible, and we will provide an update on the status of the loan application process on the City website on Monday, March 30, at 12 pm. Thank you.
Working to assist Hillsboro community members, local businesses, and employees during the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Hillsboro is announcing today a total of $1.1 million in short-term relief measures. Lea esta noticia en español.
Starting at 8 am on Monday, March 23, Hillsboro business owners and community members who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis will be able to apply for assistance from the City of Hillsboro using the City’s website, including:
- $500,000 in Emergency Business Support Grants — The City of Hillsboro will provide $500,000 in grant funding to small businesses and entrepreneurs to immediately offset the short-term financial impacts of the COVID-19 containment efforts — as well as the directives for closure or operational curtailment from the Federal Government and the State of Oregon.
The grants of up to $5,000 will be available from March 23 through the end of April 2020, and applications will be reviewed by a panel of community partners including the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Centro de Prosperidad, and the City of Hillsboro.
To qualify, businesses must have a facility located in Hillsboro and a current Hillsboro Business License. Priority will be given to businesses with 10 employees or fewer; businesses that are a food and drink establishment, education or daycare facility, or businesses that rely on larger gatherings of people; and businesses that are open and operational, or are closed due to forced closure.
- $500,000 in Emergency Loans for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses — The City is working to set up a low-interest loan program for small- and medium-sized businesses in need of financial support because of COVID-19 containment efforts and the directives for closure or operational curtailment from the Federal Government and the State of Oregon. Details are still being finalized.
- $100,000 in Rental Assistance — For households struggling to pay rent, the City will immediately contribute $50,000 to help. In coordination with our trusted partner, Community Action, the City will be able to help 42 households with up to $1,200 in rental assistance right away. This will be followed by an additional $50,000 contribution from the City.
“The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis is forcing many of our small- and medium-sized businesses to reduce their hours, send their employees home, or close altogether,” said Mayor Steve Callaway. “This $1.1 million in relief will have an immediate impact on our small businesses and their workers who depend upon their paychecks to cover their monthly bills, including rent for housing. Hopefully, this can help our community keep things going while we wait for assistance from the Federal Government.”
Funding for the $1.1 million in community relief will come from community services fees previously paid by businesses participating in Hillsboro’s Enterprise Zone, as well as revenues previously generated by businesses participating in Oregon’s Strategic Investment Program, or SIP.
The newly announced funding is in addition to existing City of Hillsboro funding that supports small businesses and provides rental assistance.
“The COVID-19 crisis highlights the importance of having a diverse economic base consisting of businesses of all sizes and from a variety of market sectors and industries,” said Economic and Community Development Director Dan Dias. “Hillsboro has been able to build a strong economic base throughout the community’s history. It is a strong reminder of why Hillsboro continues to prioritize economic development policies and programs in order to benefit the entire community.”
Beyond the newly announced funding, the City continues to implement new measures to assist community members during the COVID-19 crisis:
- Emergency Coordination of Homeless Camping — City employees are working to set up an organized area to help community members experiencing homelessness, who are among the most vulnerable populations and need additional attention. This action is part of an effort to avoid a larger demand for hospitalization later on by caring for people right now.
- Continued Permitting Operations — The City is actively engaged with partner agencies, such as Clean Water Services and Washington County, to continue to support construction and development in our community, and facilitate further economic investment in the community.
- Providing Information and Access to Additional Resources — The City of Hillsboro’s Economic Development Team is supporting and engaging with businesses by providing information about best practices and resources available at the regional, state, and federal levels. City employees are coordinating with local restaurants to help publicize which restaurants continue to serve meals to customers via take out, drive-through, and delivery.
For the latest updates from the City of Hillsboro on the COVID-19 crisis, and guidance from health experts, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/COVID19.
**The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is supporting service industry workers with the Hillsboro Virtual Tip Jar. Visit the Chamber's webpage to help local service industry staff.