COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program Opens May 11

In an effort to support entities that have direct ties to driving overnight visitation, Travel Oregon is pleased to announce its COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants Program will open for applications on Mon., May 11. Program applications may be used for general operating support with the goal of maintaining jobs. Continued operations of small businesses and regional and destination marketing/management organizations will be vital to the travel and tourism industry’s economic recovery efforts. Total funding available for the program is $800,000. Grant awards will be announced on Wed., June 3. Read the complete Grant Guidelines to see eligibility requirements, funding parameters and application questions. Learn more.
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COVID-19 Business Impacts Survey Results Now Available

Business Oregon, Travel Oregon, and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network developed a survey to understand how COVID-19 is impacting businesses across the state. Information gathered from this survey will be vital for policymakers who are working to aid businesses during this crisis. 
An executive summary and the results of the survey are available in the COVID-19 Toolkit

Federal Update from U.S. Travel

Earlier this week, House Representatives in Washington DC introduced H.R. 6697, the "Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act of 2020," which would allow all types of destination marketing organizations—including both 501(c)(6) and quasi-governmental entities—with fewer than 300 employees eligibility into the Paycheck Protection Program. Visit U.S. Travel’s website to find COVID related resources and assistance. 
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