Business grants available in Skagit County
Thursday, April 08, 2021
The Working Washington 4 Grant is one of several grants being offered to small businesses who have suffered financial losses due to closures, limited hours, purchasing new safety equipment, etc. Applications for the Working Washington 4 Grant are open and application assistance is available.
Working Washington Grants: Round 4
Working Washington Round 4 offers grant relief funds of up to $25,000 to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures.
Priorities for funding are:
- Businesses required to close.
- Businesses with lost revenue as a result of closure.
- Businesses with added expenses to maintain safe operations.
- Equitable distribution of grant funds across the state and to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.
- Active for-profit business or individual DBA located in Washington state (“does business as”.) Businesses can only apply for one location per business (identified by UBI or EIN).
- Has been in business before January 1, 2020 and filed a 2019 tax return
- Generates at least 51% of revenue in Washington state
- Operates from a physical brick and mortar location in Washington state (separate from owner’s home)
- Reported gross annual revenue between $25,000 – $5 million in 2019
- Experienced a decrease in revenue and/or incurred additional costs between 2019 and 2020 due to COVID-19 public health and safety measures
Applicants will need:
- Copy of filed 2019 federal tax return
- 2020 federal tax return, if filed. If 2020 documents are not available, the business owner must attest and estimate the amount of annual gross revenues.
- Washington State Unified Business Identifier (UBI)* number (check this website to make sure your business license is active and in good standing).
- *Tribal member-owned businesses without a UBI may provide alternative business validation such as a license or registration with a federally recognized tribal nation.
- Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), if applicable
- Valid Government-issued photo ID
- Completed W-9 form (digital copy accepted)
The SBA is providing (or will open shorty) the following grants:
#1 Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
This grant will provide assistance to those who own or operate a live venue, theater or performing arts organization. To prepare your organization to apply for the grant, visit the SBA's website here.
#2 Restaurant Grant
The U.S. Small Business Association will soon be offering grants to eligible restaurants equal to the amount of its COVID-19 pandemic-related revenue loss. This grant is not yet accepting applications but will be soon. The SBA urges those interested in applying for grant relief to register, as the process can take up to two weeks. Learn more about this grant program here.
#3 Paycheck Protection Program
Applications for PPP have been extended to May 31st. No-cost technical assistance is available to Washington small businesses and nonprofits interested in the Small Business Administration's much-improved Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Reach out to EDASC Economic Development Manager Tamsin Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
#4 Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The Small Business Administration is accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications from all qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and private nonprofit organizations. To apply for the loan, click here.
Local small business grants
Locally, several grants have become available to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. Though many of them have closed, the Ready for Business Grant Fund is still accepting applications.
This $2,500 grant was co-created by GSBA and Comcast Washington and is accepting applications through April 9th. The grant supports small businesses with a focus on LGBTQ, BIPOC and woman-owned businesses, as well as the recent extended eligibility to businesses in rural areas of the state. Complete the online application here.
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