Oregon CARES Act Information

Application period begins for Oregon fishing businesses seeking relief for COVID-19 impacts – Deadline of September 8, 2020 to apply

Fishing businesses are a vital part of Oregon’s economic and cultural health, and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a serious toll on these businesses and the communities they support. Consistent with Section 12005 of the federal CARES Act, NOAA Fisheries allocated nearly $16M to eligible Oregon businesses participating in marine and/or anadromous fisheries. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife developed a Spend Plan for eligibility and claim requirements consistent with the CARES Act after extensive input from the fishing industry. NOAA recently approved the Spend Plan, which allows the application period to begin.

In recognition by coastal legislators and other state leaders that these federal funds would be unlikely to address all of the COVID-19 impacts to Oregon’s fisheries industry, an additional $2.5 million of state CARES Act relief funds were distributed by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to PSMFC for support. PSMFC will distribute the funds as supplemental payments to recipients of the federal CARES Act funds that were distributed directly to the PSMFC by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Eligibility and claims for these funds will generally follow the same requirements and timelines as the $16 million, which is outlined in Oregon’s Spend Plan and application materials.

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is the fiscal agent NOAA Fisheries Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Oregon for both the federal and state funds. PSMFC will review applications and disburse payments of approved claims to eligible applicants. It is anticipated that total claims will exceed available funds. If so, all disbursements will be scaled to available funds as described in Oregon’s Spend Plan. The PSMFC anticipates disbursements to begin sometime in September 2020.

“Marine and anadromous fisheries are vital to the economic and cultural health of the state. We know businesses on the front lines of these fisheries are hurting, and we hope these federal and state funds will help provide emergency relief for some of the pandemic’s impacts this past spring. We encourage all eligible fishery businesses to apply,” says Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

All applications must be completed, signed and mailed to the PSMFC with a postmark no later than the September 8, 2020 deadline.

Oregon fishing businesses can download & print:

*Oregon – CARES Act Fisheries Assistance Application HERE

*Dungeness Crab Supplemental Instructions HERE

*Oregon’s Sec. 12005 Corona virus aid, relief and economic security act Spend Plan HERE.

If you have Cares ACT related questions please email:


or call – 1-877-695-3457


Grants for independent contractors, small owner operated businesses and LLC/Corporations are still available in Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties!

If you think you are not eligible for the State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant, think again.

Many independent contractors, small owner operated businesses and LLC/Corporations who don’t have employees thought they did not qualify and were wrong.

The only reasons why you wouldn’t qualify would be that you have already received PPP or EIDL. If you did not receive either of those, you are more than likely eligible to apply for this grant and receive funds.

Click HERE for a grant application.  If you have further questions contact Shaun Gibbs at SCDC, his e-mail is shaun@scdcinc.org or call him at 541-808-7774.






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