EDASC launches interactive grant funding map
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
EDASC this month launched an interactive map on its website, highlighting the 260 small businesses receiving a total of over $2 million through EDASC’s COVID-19 relief grant programs.
The map displays the location and business name of each grant recipient, along with the number of jobs retained thanks to the funding.
“It was clear from the start of the pandemic that our business community needed help offsetting revenue loss,” said EDASC CEO John Sternlicht. “We were pleased to work on behalf of local governments to administer these incredibly impactful grant programs.”
In all, EDASC administered 10 small-business COVID-19 relief grant programs, working on behalf of the state and county as well as the cities of Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, and towns of La Conner, Lyman and Concrete.
The money for these grant programs was provided primarily through the CARES Act.
As the county’s designated economic development organization, EDASC was also allotted its own share of CARES Act funds, which it used to provide grant funding to local small businesses as well as all county chambers of commerce and the Mount Vernon Downtown Association.
EDASC Economic Development Manager Tamsin Bell said she was heartened to hear the responses from grant recipients.
“Reactions to receiving awards were that of relief,” Bell said. “Though the money helps, we do understand these grants won’t solve every problem. EDASC will continue working tirelessly to address urgent and evolving needs.”
With new federal COVID-19 relief bills on the horizon, more small-business grants may be launched in Skagit County in 2021. To stay up to date on new grants and for the latest economic development news, sign up for EDASC’s weekly newsletter here.