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Business Oregon Launches COVID Recovery Grant Program for Small, Independent Oregon Movie Theatres
Business Oregon is receiving American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to exclusively support small, independent community movie theaters that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If eligibility criteria is met, grants can go up to $40,000 per theater location, with $5 million in total allocated to the program. Grant funding can be used to cover expenses such as payroll, mortgage, rent, and other operating costs as a result of the public health emergency and measures taken to contain the spread of the virus.
Small and independent community movie theaters are defined as movie theaters locally owned and operated independent of national chains. The theater must be an indoor movie theater whose primary operation is the regular exhibition of motion pictures to the general public, typically for a fee. Theaters with multiple screens are eligible for additional funding above the standard $40,000 grant. Business Oregon will adjust additional per-screen award amounts to ensure all eligible theaters are treated equitably. Applicants must be able to demonstrate via their tax returns a minimum of 20% loss of revenue for the calendar year 2020 for each theater for which they are applying.
The grant may be used to cover operating costs during recovery from business closures due to the pandemic including:
• Payroll and benefits costs
• Costs to retain employees
• Mortgage, rent, or utilities costs
• Other operating costs
Grants can also cover costs incurred to implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation measures such as:
• Physical plant changes to enable social distancing
• Enhanced cleaning efforts
• Barriers or partitions
• COVID-19 vaccination, testing, or contact tracing programs
• Costs for technical assistance, counseling, or other services to assist with business planning needs.
Recipients may accept ARPA funding from other sources in addition to this program. However, ARPA funds cannot be used to “double dip” to essentially fund the same activity. The funding period is restricted by federal law to necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency after March 3, 2021. Expenditures made prior to March 3, 2021 are not eligible to receive support through this program.
Applications will be available online beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 24 at All applications for funding must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on 02/09/2022. The majority of funds are expected to be distributed by April 2022.
At the time of the application deadline, all applicants must:
• Have an active organization registration for the theater operation with the state of Oregon’s Secretary of State;
• Provide theater services that take place within the state of Oregon;
• Be headquartered in Oregon, meaning having a centralized office location where a company's management and key staff operate and oversee overall business activities;
• Have proof of economic loss for the theater due to COVID-19 (through tax returns or signed Profit and Loss Statements); and
• Show the theater has been in operation for a minimum of one year prior to March 3, 2020.
Submitted applications will be reviewed for eligibility, completeness, and accuracy. Applications that meet stated program eligibility and need requirements will be authorized for funding, pending availability of funds. Business Oregon may require additional information and has final authority on eligibility determination.
This grant program is the first of three grants Business Oregon is creating with new ARPA funds to help arts and culture venues and supporting industries. The two additional phases will assist live venues and businesses that support live events. These programs will be announced and launched soon after the completion of the movie theater grant program.
More information about this program can be found online at Please call 833-604-0880 or email with questions or requests for assistance with this program.

A Board of Commissioners Workshop, including review of the Transient Lodging Tax Program
is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 2pm.
Workshop Agenda and Detail

Plan. Prevent. Prepare.

Economic resiliency starts with natural hazard mitigation. Chetco Bar Fire showed us how we as a community, could have been better prepared. Take this quick survey and help in the planning process.
Curry County Emergency Management is requesting community input on natural hazard concerns throughout the county. The survey responses will be recorded within the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. This survey is available online at the link below and printed copies of the survey are also available at the Port Orford City Hall, Port of Port Orford, Curry County Library, Port of Gold Beach, Curry County Commissioner’s Office, Brookings City Hall, and Curry County Sheriff’s Department. For more information contact Monica Ward, Curry County Emergency Manager, at or (541) 247-3208.
Are you a small business in Curry?
COVID gave us insight as to some of the challenges small businesses in rural Curry County face everyday.
With that, CCD Business Development has secured a Technical Assistance Program Grant for the purpose of providing one-on-one technical assistance which will include a review for need within the following areas: Management, Operations, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, and Administration. Take a look at the list of resources below that are available to our business owners at no cost. It is intended that these services are equally accessible to all businesses in Curry County. We are very excited for you to meet Kemberly Todd, Technical Assistance Coordinator for CCD Business Development. She has office space in Curry, comes with a wealth of small business development experience and is ready to help you grow your technical capacity! Give her a call at (541) 672-6728 ext. 307 or (541) 680-4166.
Here's a link to the intake form. It takes a few minutes!


Southwestern offers training to become a Community Health Worker
Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College, in partnership with Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board, is offering an eight-week training session for the Community Health Worker Non-Credit Training Certificate, beginning January 10, 2022.
This course prepares students to serve as a Community Health Worker (CHW). The primary function of a CHW is to link the community with health and social service systems, to improve and maintain quality health and wellness. To accomplish this, the student learns how to access services such as advocacy, outreach, referrals, community education, mentoring, and social support.
The course addresses all requirements outlined by the Oregon Health Authority. Upon receiving a passing grade, students qualify to apply to the Oregon Health Authority (State of Oregon) for accreditation as a Community Health Worker. The certification is valid for three years.
This course uses a hybrid model of delivery. Students attend 16 classes via Zoom, totaling 40 contact hours. They then complete an additional 45 hours of online training outside of Zoom. The cost of the program is $799. For more information, please email Tina Carpenter at

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