The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, has awarded $800,225 to local Oregon businesses to support job retention and stabilization through a newly created COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program. The agency redirected its standard scheduled competitive medium grant cycle and reallocated this funding to help support operational costs for local, small tourism businesses with the goal of maintaining jobs and the ability to keep doors open when travel resumes.
Eligible applicants included lodging properties, tour operators, guides and outfitters, federally recognized tribes and destination marketing organizations.
In total, 332 applications were submitted with 121 awarded in 30 Oregon counties. More than 90 percent of the funds are awarded to businesses in Oregon communities with fewer than 35,000 residents and more than 70 percent of the funds are dedicated to cover some portion of payroll expenses.
“Our hope is that these grant dollars help keep businesses and organizations from shuttering permanently. As Oregon gradually positions itself to begin to welcome visitors, it will be these marketing organizations, small lodging properties, guides and outfitters and the like that will be providing and sharing legendary Oregon experiences with them,” said Todd Davidson, CEO Travel Oregon. “Public health has to remain a priority for our state as we help Oregon communities that rely on tourism to stabilize during this time of transition. Long-term, it is these businesses that will be crucial to the state’s economic recovery.”
The 121 grant projects funded will be completed — funding spent — by Dec. 31.
Of the 121 grants awarded, 16 were awarded to businesses and organizations in Lincoln County. The City of Lincoln City received $10,000, the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce received $5,000, the Waldport Chamber of Commerce received $5,000, Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina in Newport received $10,000, Captain Cook Inn in Lincoln City received $10,000, Edgewater Cottages in Waldport received $2,500, D Sands Motel in Lincoln City received $10,000, Ocean Creek Bed and Breakfast in Yachats received $2,500, Ocean Terrace Condominiums in Lincoln City received $10,000, On The Beachfront Properties LLC in Lincoln City received $10,000, Oversea Condominiums in Lincoln City received $5,000, Rovers RV Park in Waldport received $5,000, Tyee Lodge Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast in Newport received $2,500, Marine Discovery Tours in Newport received $5,000, Safari Town Surf Shop in Lincoln City received $5,000 and Oregon Coast Glassworks in Newport received $2,500.
For more information on Travel Oregon’s grants program visit: industry.traveloregon.com/grants.
The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors’ experiences by providing information, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians’ quality of life by strengthening the state’s tourism economy that employs thousands of Oregonians statewide. Visit traveloregon.com to learn more.