Working Washington Emergency Grant Open to Small Businesses in Thurston County Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants Open on April 7 at 1 p.m. to Small Businesses in Thurston County Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis
Lacey, WA – The Thurston EDC 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.
Application Process: Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be accepted or denied on a rolling basis.
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.