Grant program for small businesses expanded in light of COVID-19

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has expanded its Repair and Reuse grant program to help small businesses as part of the department’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. DEQ launched this program in 2017 as a pilot project, and due to its success, officially re-launched this grant program for 2020. This year, DEQ will award up to $120,000 in grants throughout Oregon.

“I’m excited that DEQ can provide opportunities to support workforce development in communities throughout Oregon, especially during our current economic crisis,” said Lydia Emer, land quality administrator for DEQ.

DEQ’s Workforce Development Repair and Reuse grants provide up to $10,000 for a small business, tribal business or nonprofit organization, or other nonprofits focused on repair and reuse. Eligible Oregon businesses and nonprofits repair, salvage, refurbish or resell common consumer goods such as clothing, electronics and furniture. DEQ defines “reuse” as the return of a commodity into the economic stream for use in the same kind of application as originally intended.

“Keeping the repair and reuse sectors economically viable is a priority, and we want to use this grant to help keep reuse and repair businesses operating through the disruptions caused by the current health crisis,” the DEQ’s website reads.

The deadline to apply is June 5. DEQ has broadened eligible costs covered through the Repair and Reuse program to include employee retention. To find grant application forms and instructions, visit Applicants with addition questions can contact Marie Diodati at 503-229-5446 or [email protected]

The DEQ is expected to announce information about the 2020 General Materials Management grant program soon.


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