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New Washington State Small Business Grant

WORKING WASHINGTON SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY GRANT

Washington State Department of Commerce has announced Governor Inslee’s $5 million Small Business Emergency Grant Program provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund. This is a reimbursement grant program that will reimburse a business for expenses incurred after March 1, 2020

The program is designed to support small businesses throughout Washington impacted by COVID-19. This grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000.

Yakima County Development Association has been asked by Commerce to prioritize applications from Yakima County 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. A diverse taskforce of business owners, and community leaders has been established to help YCDA prioritize the applications.

YCDA then submits the applications to the Department of Commerce for the Governor’s approval. Commerce and the Governor’s office will review applications as they are received and applicants will be accepted or denied on a rolling basis.

The application and instructions can be found here: http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/covid-grants/