Contact: Kristy Athens, Outreach Specialist,

 “Non-Essential” Businesses and Others Qualify for COVID Grants

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Jul. 10, 2020) – Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD), with funding from Business Oregon, is offering grants for small businesses and nonprofit organizations that experienced revenue reduction due to COVID-19 restrictions, and which were unable to access the SBA EIDL or PPP programs. Businesses that were closed via state mandate automatically qualify; others may qualify by demonstrating substantial COVID-related income loss.

Go to NEOEDD’s page to access the form in English and Spanish (available in other languages upon request); please read the qualifications carefully. There is also a form for “nominating” a business (NEOEDD staff will contact them).

 “This funding from Business Oregon will be distributed on a first come, first served basis,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “It is not a competitive process—If you qualify, you will receive funding, until we have exhausted our allotment.”

 NEOEDD will distribute funds to business owners and executive directors of qualified organizations on a rolling basis until approximately Aug. 23.

 This Program was funded in part with State of Oregon General Funds and Lottery Funds administered by the Oregon Business Development Department.

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 The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about its programs and business support at

 Attention: Due to COVID-19, the NEOEDD office is closed to visitors until further notice. We encourage you to use telephone and email to reach us; we will respond as quickly as possible. If you leave a voicemail, please be sure to include a number where we can reach you. Thank you!