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Crook County COVID-19 Task Force awards local businesses $177,450 in grants, additional funds available

PRINEVILLE, OR – The Crook County COVID-19 Business Assistance Task Force was formed to help local companies deal with the Coronavirus economic impacts affecting daily business operations and provide technical assistance for Federal Programs previously available. After approving applications from over 100 Crook County businesses and sole proprietors, $177,450 will be distributed in grant funds beginning early next week. Industries impacted and awarded include manufacturing; wholesale trade; transportation and warehousing; real estate and leasing services; professional and technical services; business administration services; educational services; healthcare; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation and food services; and miscellaneous service and event sectors. Funds were provided by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, Crook County, the City of Prineville, the Prineville Downtown Association, and Facebook’s Data Center in Prineville. Facebook has been an incredible community partner in contributing $200,000 to this local grant fund, as well as an additional $175,000 corporate grant fund to become available in the next couple of weeks for Crook County businesses. All funding amounts were determined with a numerical scoring matrix based on application data presented by the business applicants.

Applications were released on April 7th and will be closing as soon as remaining funds are distributed. There is still funding available on a first come, first served basis up to the amount of $2,500. Although the Chamber is the designated fiscal agent for the fund, applicants do not need to be members of the Chamber to apply.

Crook County COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Application

Crook County COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Application (Español)

The Task Force is comprised of the following organizations:

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)

City of Prineville

Crook County (Commission and Health Department)

Prineville Downtown Association

Prineville Economic Development (EDCO Prineville/Crook County)

Prineville Facebook Data Center

Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce

State Representative Vikki Breese Iverson, Office

GRANT FUND DETAILS

  • Funding for eligible operational costs (i.e. Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, etc.) incurred between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020
  • Maximum grant amount is $2,500 per Crook County company
  • Grants will be distributed by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce after approval from the COVID-19 Economic Impact Task Force

BASIC CRITERIA FOR ACCESSING THE APPLICATION FOR GRANT ASSISTANCE OR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

•            Business has a physical presence in Crook County and can show direct impact by the government-mandated shut down due to Coronavirus.

•            Business has 35 or less FTE (full-time equivalent employees) in Crook County.

•            Business can provide information to support operational expenses.

•            Exclusions; national and regional chains with no local ownership. Local franchise owners can apply.

•            There is a scoring matrix that will ultimately determine if a company qualifies for the grant dollars.

Local funding was pooled in an effort to ensure doors are able to re-open, offering gap financing dollars to help cover the cost of fixed operational expenses for our most vulnerable businesses while they wait on SBA funding to come through. The Task Force will continue to monitor the trajectory of the reopening of doors in rural areas in the next week or two and gauge community needs and next steps.

For additional information, please contact the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce Grant Assistance. Call Kim Daniels at (510) 519-7754, Kelsey Lucas at (541) 213-3169, or email grants@prinevillechamber.com. For the most current information and available resources, please visit the Chamber’s website at https://prinevillechamber.com/ or https://centraloregonsos.com/.

NANCY
NENNIG

Board Member

Meet NANCY.

Prineville Lions Club

My husband and I have lived in Prineville for 17 years. I retired from the Banking Industry after 18 years, most recently working for Oregonians Credit Union. I enjoy the trails and camping in the Crook County
area.

In addition to that, I have volunteered for the Crooked River roundup for 15 years, am the current President of the Prineville Lions, a member of the Prineville Elks and a Member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

I was an active member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee for 15 years and supported all the Prineville-Crook County Chamber events and projects.

The Prineville Chamber represents all of Crook County and its individuals, organizations and business and I feel with my volunteering and networking I am able to support the Vision and Mission of the
organization.

Duane Porter

President

Meet Duane.

Financial Advisor, DFP Financial and Consulting

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in rural Southern Oregon which taught me the values of hard work, family, and a rural way of life.  I made the move to Central Oregon in 1993 for all of its beauty and activities.  Over the last 3 decades in Central Oregon, I have seen and experienced the incredible growth and expansion of this wonderful area.  In 2018 my wife and I decided to return to a rural lifestyle in Crook County.  With its diverse community, wide variety, and ever-expanding industry, the area has maintained a small-town rural feel and culture.


In 2019 after 25 years in Insurance and Investments, my wife and I decided to open DFP Financial & Consulting, a Private Wealth Management, Planning, and Consulting Firm.   We completely enjoy the people, community and all Crook County has to offer.  Being part of the Prineville Chamber is an important focus for us to give back to and help the business of the community.


In our spare time we enjoy our family and grandchildren; camping, riding horses and doing all that Central Oregon and Crook County offers, and fly fishing the Crooked River as often as possible.

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Andrea weaver

Secretary

Meet Andrea.

Recreation Coordinator, Crook County Parks & Recreation

I grew up on the North Oregon Coast in a small tight knit community. About 18 years ago my husband and I started traveling to Central Oregon a few times a year to escape the rain. We always talked about wanting to move to the Prineville area. We enjoyed the small town feel as well as the ranching lifestyle the area offers. In the fall of 2020 we made the move with our  three teenage daughters and we are so glad we did!

In the spring of 2021 I started with Crook County Parks & Recreation. A few months after that I took the Recreation Coordinator position. I love  working with Parks & Rec. I have met so many wonderful people in Prineville which has helped with adjusting to a new environment.

I got involved with the Chamber to learn more about the community and to grow relationships.

In my spare time I love working with my family on our ranch as well as watching my girls play sports and show livestock.

Casie Allen

board member

Meet Casie.

Owner - Bayberry Lane

My family has called Prineville home for several generations. Being born and raised in this amazing community, I have always felt so incredibly blessed. I strive to be an active part of the community and volunteer regularly. I am deeply involved in 4H, several youth sports programs, and have served on many other local boards and committees. 

My mom and I own a small downtown boutique called Bayberry Lane. Our motto is local people supporting local people. We enjoy being able to give back and strive to love the people of Prineville well. 

Being on the Chamber Board has allowed me to not only serve and express my opinions as a business owner, but also as a local who wants to foster a community that is able to adapt to change while holding on to their core values.

SHEENA
YORK

Treasurer

Meet SHEENA.

Signet Realty

I am the Owner & Lead Coordinator at Firefly Events and I have been planning and coordinating events for over a decade.   I also recently took on a role as a local real estate broker here in Crook County. 

I grew up around southern Oregon. I made a road trip to Prineville with a cousin, on that trip I was introduced to a handsome young Prineville man that later became my husband. I love Prineville and although I wasn’t raised here over the last 16 years it truly has come to feel like my hometown.

I was working for a business that was a Chamber member and I was looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. After several years of attending Chamber functions I was encouraged to join the Ambassador team and then the Board. It has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun to be part of the Chamber both as a member and on the Board.

I love the weather in Prineville. After growing up in the valley with so many days of rain, I truly appreciated having (mostly) defined seasons. Summertime in Prineville is definitely my all-time favorite! We enjoy paddle boarding at Ochoco reservoir, swimming at the Prineville reservoir, floating the refreshing Crooked River, hiking the Barnes Butte or Chimney Rock trails and riding our ATV’s on the many OHV trails.

Alexandra Greenberg

Vice President

Meet Alexandra

Chiropractor, Slater Chiropractic

I was born and raised in Prineville where I graduated from Crook County High School in 2009.  After that, I moved to Portland where I attended both Pacific University and the University of Western States for Chiropractic School. 

After ten years, I returned to Prineville and am now an Associate Chiropractor at Slater Chiropractic.

Since moving back, I have enjoyed how close this community is and realized how much I missed all that Crook County has to offer compared to the big city.  I started attending Chamber events to become more involved in our community and am excited to continue working with the Chamber as Vice President of the board.

I love spending my free time with friends and family, and enjoy getting out to explore all of Central Oregon.  I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and many other outdoor activities available in this beautiful area I get to call home.