Grants Available for Businesses Strained by Holiday Farm Fire

Springfield chamber of commerce


Springfield, OR (August 27, 2021) — Businesses negatively impacted by 2020’s Holiday Farm Fire have a new funding
opportunity to help restore their operations.


“The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to receive a $20,000 grant provided by the OCCU Foundation to
help restore, rebuild, and return hope to businesses impacted by the Holiday Farm Fire,” said Chamber president and
CEO Vonnie Mikkelsen.

Due to the lengthy processes and competition for other funding, the Chamber is welcoming applications for microgrants
to provide the gap funding necessary to meet the immediate needs of businesses affected by the Holiday Farm
Fire.

Requests ranging from $500 to $1,500 can be made for general operation costs, small business repairs, or other
business-related expenses. Applications will be reviewed by a Steering Committee. Requests for more than $1,500 will
be considered if to serve the community beyond that of that of the applicant’s own benefit.
According to the Chamber’s economic development specialist, Danielle Thompson, the Chamber will open the
application process from August 30th to October 11th.

To apply, visit https://www.springfieldchamber.org/wildfire-relief-grants/.

“The businesses and residents up the McKenzie River have been through so much and getting funding for major repairs
or rebuilding from government agencies or insurance companies can take a painfully long time,” Thompson
acknowledged. “These funds are intended to help bridge the waiting period and help businesses in varying degrees of
distress find hope while keeping things moving forward.”

About OCCU Foundation (OCCUF)


OCCU Foundation (OCCUF) is the philanthropic arm of OCCU (Oregon Community Credit Union). Since its start in 2018,
OCCUF has granted more than $1 million to help build happier and healthier communities by giving generously to
projects that enrich lives, advance learning, improve well-being, and support communities. The foundation is a nonprofit
501(c)(3) corporation funded by OCCU, businesses, families, and individuals.

To learn more, visit MyOCCU.org/Foundation.

About the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit association comprised of private, public, and nonprofit
organizations in the Springfield, Eugene, and surrounding communities. The Chamber offers programs and
services to strengthen, represent, and promote business throughout the region. For more information about how to join or volunteer for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, visit www.springfield-chamber.org or call 541-746-1651