Sisters businesses affected by COVID-19 may be eligible for grants of up to $2,000 from funds provided by the Oregon Community Foundation. The Sisters OCF COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant Task Force will release information about eligibility and application procedures on Wednesday, May 13.

On that date, the task force will publish eligibility standards and application materials on many websites and directly to Sisters businesses.

The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) earmarked $25,000 for Sisters from money received from the Oregon Community Foundation to support severely impacted businesses. COIC then formed a local task force to finalize procedures for distributing the funds to eligible Sisters businesses.

“The task force understands the devastating effect of COVID-19 on local businesses who have invested in our community and contribute to the local economy,” said Judy Trego, a member of the task force and Executive Director of the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have been working hard to create a fair system for distributing these emergency grants to help as many businesses as possible with some financial relief.”

The task force urges businesses to examine the materials and submit applications as soon as they become available on May 13. The task force will not consider applications received after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20.

The materials will be made available on at least the following websites:

www.sisterscountry.com

• www.edcoinfo.com

www.ci.sisters.or.us

www.centraloregonsos.com