EDASC sets April 9 deadline for small-business grant applications

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

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MOUNT VERNON -- After receiving hundreds of applications for the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) within 24 hours of its launch, EDASC has decided to set a deadline of noon April 9 for application submissions.

Those looking to apply can visit the State Department of Commerce webpage. Skagit County businesses should submit their applications to SRFgrantApp@skagit.org. 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.

With such a large number of application submissions, it is clear that there are hundreds of small for-profit businesses with 10 or fewer employees in Skagit County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also clear that due to EDASC's limited staff capacity and the capacity of our volunteer external review committee, that we will have to cut off applications at this new deadline.

The WWSBEG is a very limited opportunity, with Skagit County only allotted about a dozen grants total with a maximum amount of $10,000 each. EDASC has already received many times that amount. Given these numbers, the likelihood of success for any given business is fairly small. We regret more funds are not available in this program.

This grant opportunity, however, is only one avenue businesses may pursue. Please continue efforts to obtain assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Employment Security Department, and other resources that are highlighted and updated regularly on the EDASC page.

As always, EDASC and the Small Business Development Center are available for business assistance to help you get through this crisis.

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