Grant Now Available to Help Businesses Adapt Outdoor Space for Winter Months

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​$200,000 in grant funding is now available for Salem businesses needing temporary outdoor coverings and heaters to meet social distancing requirements during the winter months. Businesses must apply on the City of Salem website between Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

On Mon., Nov. 9, Salem City Council approved $200,000 for grants to businesses needing help purchasing or renting temporary outdoor coverings and heaters for cold and rainy months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 "We know that many local businesses have relied on outdoor space to meet social distance requirements and increase seating capacity. This grant funding is intended to help our businesses through the winter months," said Salem Mayor, Chuck Bennett.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible businesses in Salem. Only businesses in Salem city limits will be funded. To verify whether an address is in the city limits, visit the City's website. Businesses must certify that federal funds were not used for the same purpose. The grant also requires that businesses have a receipt from a recent tent/heater purchase or a bid for the purchase or rental of a temporary outdoor coverings/heaters and describe how the funds will help maintain or grow their business through the winter.

Grant program information and applications are available on the City of Salem website. Grant applications open Tues., Nov. 10, 2020 at 12 p.m. and closes Tues., Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. If applications total more than the funding available decisions will be made via lottery.

For more information, visit our grant information page, email [email protected], or call 503-540-2480 or 503-540-2425.  

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