EDASC, Commerce now accepting small-business grant applications

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

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UPDATE: The deadline to submit a grant application is noon April 9.

A new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) providing up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak is now available, Gov. Jay Inslee announced April 7.

This grant is provided by the Washington State Department of Commerce through the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund to support businesses through the crisis and enable them to retain as many employees as possible. Visit the State Department of Commerce's WWSBEG page to download the application and review the application process.

To be eligible for the grant, your business must not exceed 10 employees, must have been in business for at least one year and must be a Washington State business.

If you are a Skagit County business, submit your application or questions to EDASC at srfgrantapp@skagit.org. If your business is outside Skagit County, submit your application or questions to your county's economic development agency.

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.

EDASC will prioritize applications based on severity of the impact the business is facing, including from being forced to close by government-mandated closures, social distancing measures or illness. Awards will be approved on a case-by-base basis and are dependent on the availability of funds.

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