The Washington State Department of Commerce is pleased to partner with ArtsFund to administer over $10 million in Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grants. Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with ArtsFund to center the grants program on arts, cultural, science, and heritage organizations. Grants will also be awarded to nonprofit neighborhood organizations, and sports and recreation organizations. Grants range from $2,500 to $25,000. Information and application at artsfund.org/NCRgrants
. Applications open May 10 – 24, 2021. https://commercegrants.com
Working Washington Grants: Round 4
(WWR4) award notifications to 11,697 businesses across the entire state have just been sent out. In that email, they are directed to click the link and enter their bank account information to our payment processor, Payoneer, and funds will be processed and received within 3 business days (and even sooner for most). FAQs for awardees can be found here: https://commercegrants.com/grant-4/award-recipient-faqs/.
Denial notifications have gone out this morning as well. Of those denials, 190 businesses qualified for this program will be receiving a larger grant through the Washington State Dept of Agriculture’s program than they would have qualified for through WWR4 and will be receiving an email from them soon.
Of the total awardees, 4,577 received funding from prior Working Washington grant rounds. Grant amounts range from $12,000-$30,000 but because of the required deduction of prior funding, the actual amounts greatly vary. Please reach out to email@example.com if you would like to inquire on behalf of a business to learn more about how Commerce assessed applications.
There is an appeals process happening between May 10 and 24 or until the funding runs out. If you receive a call from an applicant who believes they were unfairly denied a grant, recommend that they first review the program’s eligibility before gathering the following information:
partner, can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
$28.6B Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Restaurants should apply TODAY as funds are limited and they will go fast! https://www.sba.gov/.../restaurant-revitalization-fund More information including multiple no-cost training sessions: www.sba.gov/restaurants or in Spanish: www.sba.gov/restaurantes;
www.wha.fyi/rrf – Washington Hospitality Association’s Tool Kit; https://wsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events – WA SBDC Training sessions; and www.smallbizhelpwa.com
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal is still OPEN. Please spread the word!
Organizations that serve small businesses and non-profit organizations are working together to maximize the amount of federal aid that will come to our state through the Washington Small Business Resources Mobilization Campaign, which WEDA is helping coordinate. We are committed to working proactively to provide accurate information about the relief opportunities and to connect people to technical assistance should they want help navigating the process and forms/requirements. We have a major focus on reaching and serving small businesses and non-profit organizations in underserved communities and areas of the state, including rural. The scale of the challenge is enormous, the needs are unprecedented and we need your help. Hopefully you are continuing to receive emails from the SBA about what’s happening on the current round of PPP and other resources such as the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, EIDL and the Shuttered Venues grants – if not, please subscribe to those. Thanks to support from NDC and WEDA, we have added capacity to help develop simple, aligned messaging.
Microenterprise Support Grants
Thanks to the support from the WA Commerce department, the WA State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) is opening short-term grant opportunities to strengthen Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs), Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) serving organizations, and others that provide businesses with technical assistance, training, and/or microloans to businesses with 5 or fewer employees in urban and rural parts of Washington State. These grants are intended to provide immediate funds to stabilize these nonprofit organizations so that they can help the smallest businesses right now to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, steady their enterprises, prepare for economic recovery, and ensure they are ready to grow once the economy gets moving again.
Funding for eligible organizations adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be applied in two areas: 1) expenses incurred due to the pandemic between March 1, 2020-April 30, 2021 that were not covered by other public or private funding; and, 2) funding that is needed now for support to businesses that the organization has been inhibited from providing because of the COVID pandemic. The application period is short with a deadline of May 12, 2021 at 11:59pm. https://www.wamicrobiz.org/microenterprise-grant-opportunities
Statewide Resource - No-Cost Accountant Services
The Seattle Metro Chamber’s REACH program and the Business Health Trust are sponsoring accounting consulting services for small businesses to help employers navigate PPP, Employee Retention Tax Credits, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The CPA assistance is available to Washington businesses with 100 employees or fewer. Employers can reach out to Leigh (email@example.com) to get connected with an accountant at Clark Nuber. Many thanks to the Seattle Metro Chamber for offering this amazing resource statewide!
9 week online training for businesses – target- Businesses that have been in business for at least two years and have revenues in excess of $100,000 will receive the most benefit from the ScaleUp curriculum and are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Applications to the program will be accepted beginning at 10 a.m. April 30 at http://bit.ly/wa-scaleup. This special webinar series begins May 6 and runs through July 8. Virtual classroom sessions are held from 8:30 a.m. to noon each week. A special Study Hall session is held on Mondays to provide enrolled companies with individualized assistance.
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RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FUNDS
MANUFACTURER PROJECT RECOVERY ASSISTANCE
Local PPP Lenders
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.
First Draw PPP loans: If you have not received a PPP loan before, First Draw PPP loans are available to you.
Second Draw PPP loans: If you have previously received a PPP loan, certain businesses are eligible for a Second Draw PPP loan.
Local PPP Lenders
Wauna Credit Union
Bank of the Pacific
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