Business Funding & Incentive Programs

The City has a number of programs aimed at aiding local businesses and attracting new businesses to the area. The city specifically targets manufacturing, wholesale distribution, regional service centers, and high-tech companies in the 10 to 300-employee range. Some of the services and programs offered by the city include the following:

*2023* Energy Trust of Oregon No-Cost LED Lighting Upgrade Program for Small Businesses

In partnership with Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Grants Pass is assisting in the rollout of the Energy Trust of Oregon's Energy Trust of oregon logono-cost lighting upgrades for small businesses in Grants Pass. Eligibility is simple; you must be a customer of Pacific Power AND have 20 employees or less OR operate in an existing space that is 20,000 sq. ft. or less. Sign up now by completing the intake form below. An Energy Trust representative will schedule with you to complete an assessment and create a work order for installation. 
No-Cost Lighting Upgrades for Small Businesses Intake Form

Building Facade Matching Grant Fund Program

The Grants Pass Facade Improvement Grant Fund is to provide grants for the restoration/renovation of these buildings and others in designated areas within the City of Grants Pass.
Building Facade Matching Grant Fund Program - Link to page

Business Retention & Relocation Assistance Program

The program provides matching grants to help relocating local businesses remain in Grants Pass.
Business Retention & Relocation Assistance Program - Link to page

Grants Pass Enterprise Zone

The State offers this property tax abatement program to lower up-front business expansion or new development costs.
Grants Pass Enterprise Zone - Link to page

Industrial Development Revolving Loan Fund

The fund provides low-interest, long-term gap financing to help qualified businesses expand.
Industrial Development Revolving Loan Fund - Link to page

Light the Storefronts/Security Camera Grant Incentive Program

Encouraging downtown merchants to improve the aesthetics and safety of their storefronts will be beneficial to citizens in addition to attracting tourism.
Light the Storefronts/Security Camera Grant Incentive Program - Link to page

Micro Enterprise Loan Program

The program helps new business owners get started by providing small loans of up to $25,000.
Micro Enterprise Loan Program - Link to page

Opportunity Zones

Opportunity zones are designed to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities.
 Opportunity Zones - Link to page

System Development Charges Incentive Program

This program reimburses qualified businesses and nonprofits with a matching grant of up to $25,000 for their System Development Charges.
System Development Charges Incentive Program - Link to page

Vertical Housing Development Program

Grants Pass became the 1st community in Oregon to implement a Vertical Housing Development Zone in an attempt to offer incentives for investment in multistory downtown historic buildings.
Vertical Housing Development Program - Link to page

Sustainable Tourism Grant Program

Sustainable Tourism Grant Application Opens in new windowThe Sustainable Tourism Grant program assists with promotional activities that will lead to sustainable tourism through attracting tourists and increased overnight stays. It provides funding up to $5,000 to registered businesses and nonprofit organizations within the City who desire to promote tourism focused activities and events. Sustainable Tourism Grant Program - Link to page

Contact Us

  1. Dana Pearce

    Economic Development Manager
    Ph: 541-450-6014
    Email Dana Pearce

    James Conway

    Economic Development Specialist
    Ph: 541-450-6071
    Email James Conway

    101 NW A Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97526


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.