Grant Amount: varies
Washington’s small businesses took a devastating hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Working Washington Grants gets funding into the hands of businesses and nonprofits so they can return to what they do best- creating jobs, enriching communities, and making Washington one of the world’s best places to call home. $70 million was appropriated by the legislature for the next round of Working Washington Grants: Round 5. In this round of grants, portions of the available funds are set aside for specific targeted groups or sectors:
• 60% is identified for the arts, heritage, and science sectors, including those that operate live entertainment venues
• 40% is identified for most other sectors, including hospitality, fitness, and personal services.
Arts, heritage, and science are key to the creative economy. The creative economy is a critical engine of Washington’s workforce, contributing $53.2 billion to the state in 2019 and representing 1 of every 12 dollars in state revenue. But by July 2020, the pandemic’s devastation had erased $5.2 billion in revenue from the most vulnerable parts of the creative sector.
Washington needs a thriving creative sector. From podcasters to software developers, craft breweries to children’s museums, these jobs and spaces form the fabric of our daily lives and drive our state economy.
The deadline is October 7, 2022
HOW TO QUALIFY
HOW TO QUALIFY
Locally owned and managed a business with local decision-making authority
Have a current Washington Business license at the time of the grant awarded
Been in business for at least one year form the date of application
Ability to demonstrate loss of income due to COVID-19
Must met LMI Household income qualifications
Business can only have up to 5 people on payroll (including owner(s)) at time of application