Small Business Assistance Grant Program
Update (1/11/21): The application period is now closed and applicants will be notified if they receive funding later this week.
Small businesses within the City of Medford impacted by COVID-19 can apply for one-time funding assistance starting Friday, January 8 at 10 a.m.
There is $250,000 available in this second round of funding. To date, the City has provided a total of $500,000 in financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Medford City Council approved the use of marijuana tax revenue to assist local businesses impacted by COVID-19 on December 17, 2020.
The City plans on allocating the financial resources as quickly as the applications are received and reviewed. Grants will be allotted to small businesses that have been directly affected by the government-ordered mandatory change in service (per Governor Executive Order dated December 2020): bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, indoor gyms or fitness establishments. In addition, businesses must be located inside Medford city limits. Grant amounts may be used to help with the following:
The online application will be made available on Friday, January 8 at 10 a.m.
- Rent or mortgage payments
- Utility payments
To qualify for assistance, a business must:
As we continue to respond to this rapidly evolving situation, the City recognizes the importance of quickly addressing a number of urgent needs and will continue to work closely with our local businesses and service organizations to reduce regulatory barriers and provide access to resources needed during this unprecedented time.
- Be a bar, restaurant, brewery, winery, indoor gym or fitness establishment.
- Complete the online application and include copy of W9
- Have had no more than 15 non-owner employees as of March 1, 2020
- Have a City business license
- Have no outstanding City related liens, fees or code enforcement cases
- Not be affiliated with a franchise
- Have your filled out W-9 prepared beforehand, as you will be required to upload it before submitting your application.
- You can download a copy of the W-9 form here. Please be sure to download a copy of the blank form to your computer; do not fill it out in the browser. Open the downloaded form using Adobe Reader, complete the form, and then save.
- If you fill the form out in your browser and then select “Download”, it will download a blank template without saving any of your changes. You must download the form to your computer first and open it in an Adobe application before you are able to save your changes.
Resources for Local Businesses
The City of Medford is aware that the responses to concerns over the COVID-19 virus is impacting many aspects of life for area residents and businesses. Businesses, such as those that rely on retail sales, may be susceptible to drops in revenue as residents are encouraged to stay home. We will continue to update the following list of resources:
If you've been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak you can apply for unemployment.