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Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants

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The Department of Commerce is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.  Small businesses who qualify for the grant program will submit applications through their local county/regional economic development organizations.  County/regional economic development organizations will prioritize applications based on the severity of the impact the business is facing due to COVID-19, including from being forced to close by the government-mandated closures, social distancing measures or illness.  Awards will be approved on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on the availability of funds. The objective is to support businesses through the crisis and enable them to retain as many employees as possible.

Eligibility: Applicants should have been in business for at least one year. Please note that funding is not meant to help launch a business, but to support existing businesses who are specifically impacted by one of the executive orders and are vital members of their local community.  Applicants are eligible to receive one WWSBEG award during the current budget cycle, which ends on 06/30/2021.

Grant Awards: County/regional economic development organizations will be asked to verify the size of candidate companies prior to submission.  For each award, local economic/development organizations are encouraged to be judicious in discerning an appropriate and proportional amount based on necessity to the business and importance to the local community so as to ensure that this emergency resource can be utilized by companies across communities in Washington.

Company Size Grant Award Average per employee
Up to 10 employees Up to $10,000 N/A
Company Size Grant Award Average per employee
Up to 10 employees Up to $10,000 N/A

Application Process: Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be accepted or denied on a rolling basis. Please contact your county/regional economic development organization to assess your company’s viability and to complete an application. 4-2020-Working-Washington-Program-Application

Approved grant expenditures: Grant funds can be used for expenses related to consulting, marketing, and training or for operational expense including rent, supplies/inventory, utility bills, etc.  Applications must include a list of proposed expenses grants will be spent on.  Applications without a list of proposed expenses will be considered incomplete.

Note that payroll cannot be reimbursed via WWSBEG. Please direct all payroll needs to Employment Security Department. The following expenses are not eligible: capitalized equipment, travel, office equipment, and computer software.


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