|The Economic Development Council for Island County (EDC) is assisting the Washington State Department of Commerce to conduct outreach and support applications for new Small Business Disaster Relief grants.
Commerce has $9.7 million available in grants for small businesses with annual gross receipts of $5 million or less. Applicable businesses will have sustained a reduction in business income or activity as the result of natural disasters such as flooding, landslides, and straight-line winds.
The eligible natural disaster for Island County includes Flooding & Mudslides that occurred between November 13, 2021 and November 15, 2021 AND Winter Severe Storm, Straight Line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, & Mudslides between November 3, 2022 and November 9, 2022.
The grant limit is $75,000 per entity and funds may be used to reimburse the following eligible expenses: payroll, utilities and rent, marketing and advertising, building improvements and repairs, replacing damaged inventory and equipment, and other operational and business expenses related to a qualifying disaster.
“EDC is happy to support the economic recovery of those businesses negatively impacted by recent disasters,” says Sharon Sappington, EDC Executive Director. “We strongly urge businesses that have been impacted to apply for this one-time grant opportunity.”
As the county’s designated Associate Development Organization (ADO), EDC will be representing Island County entities with their application. The grant application form can be found at LINK. Within the application, applicants will be prompted to name their local ADO. In this field, insert ‘Economic Development Council for Island County’. The ADO Representative should be ‘Sharon Sappington’, email, ‘email@example.com’ and EDC office number ‘360-678-6889’.
Eligible entities will also need to provide their Washington State Business License, proof of address, W-9, UEI number, 2019-2021 tax returns, and documentation of receipts.
Applications are due March 31, 2023.
Contacts can be directed to the EDC office at 360-678-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.