This is an update to help businesses prepare for the Working Washington business grant application process that will open early this week.
Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced an additional $70 million for business grants. $50 million of that is for a new round of Working Washington business grants. The remainder will go toward funding all qualified businesses that applied in earlier rounds of our resiliency grant program. (NOTE: Businesses who applied for the resiliency grant program will not need to take any action).
The application portal and additional information will be posted at www.commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants.
Round 3: Working Washington Business Grants - $50 million
Who can apply?
These grants are prioritized for:
- Small businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019
- Businesses in the sectors that are most impacted by the recent public health measures as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. Examples include full-service restaurants, fitness centers, bowling alleys and music and event venues.
- Certain nonprofits may also be eligible if they have a primary business activity that falls into a similar category as noted above. Example – a nonprofit full-service restaurant or nonprofit music venue.
If the state Department of Commerce is able to fund all the eligible applicants from the priority pool, and funds remain, Commerce may be able to provide grants to additional businesses or nonprofits from other sectors or who have annual revenues larger than $5 million.
What does the grant pay for?
- The maximum grant award will be up to $20,000.
- The grant can only cover expenses or costs incurred due to COVID-19 and that were necessary to continue business operations.
How can I apply?
- The online application portal will open early next week (the week of Nov. 30). The portal link will be available at commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants. Additional information about eligibility and prioritization will also be posted there.
- Priority will be given to applications received by Dec. 10. If Commerce is able to fund all the eligible applicants who submit by that time, we may be able to consider eligible applicants who submit after the 10th.
- Checklist of the information you’ll need to have ready:
- Applicant W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identiﬁcation Number
- Copy of valid government issued photo I.D.
- For Tribal-member owned businesses: license or certiﬁcation if business activity is conducted outside the tribal jurisdiction; letter or certiﬁcation from the tribe recognizing you as a business if business activity is within the tribal jurisdiction.
- Copy of 2019 Tax Return or other confirmation of Business Gross Revenues for 2019.
- For businesses with a physical location, evidence of that location, such as lease, tax statement, utility bill, etc.
- NAICS code or clear description of your primary business activity. A NAICS code is helpful, but not necessary. If you have never used a NAICS code, you can learn more here: What is a NAICS Code? and explore NAICS codes to see which one fits your business.
Assistance in the application process is now being provided by the local SBVC office and they will work with Commerce to assist business owners.
They are able to provide information to business owners about the application process, provide direction, answer questions as well as provide back end support for business owners to help manage cash flow to extend the business' ability to survive this recession.
All applications for grants are first come, first served.
Please contact John Morosco at Wenatchee SBDC 509.992.4027 or Ron D. Nielsen, Eastern WA Regional Manager @ 509.888.7252 or email@example.com
Chelan and Douglas Counties are now in Phase 2!
Do you know what to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? Read the guidance here.
Phase 2 Guidelines:
- Agricultural Events - Issued August 10
- Agritourism - Issued August 20
- Bowling - issued August 20
- Card Rooms - issued June 12
- Construction - issued May 15
- Curbside Library Services - issued June 2
- Dine-in Restaurants & Taverns - issued May 11 (updated Oct 6)
- Domestic Services - issued June 9
- Fitness - issued May 19 (updated August 26)
- Higher Education - issued June 1 and Campus Reopening Guide - issued June 24
- In-store retail - issued May 12
- Library Services - issued October 6
- Additional Manufacturing Operations - issued May 12
- Miscellaneous venues - issued May 12
- Motion Picture Industry - issued July 8
- Movie Theaters - issued October 6
- Museums - issued August 20
- Outdoor Recreation - issued May 14 (updated June 9)
- Outdoor Recreation - Golf - issued May 15 (updated June 9)
- Personal Services – hair & nail salons - issued May 13
- Pet Grooming - issued May 18
- Professional Services - issued May 13
- Professional Photography - issued May 15
- Real Estate - issued May 19
- Religious and Faith Organizations - issued May 27
- Sporting Activities - issued June 5
- Weddings, Funeral and Memorial Services - issued June 18 (updated October 6)
COVID 19 update:
Beginning June 26th Facial Coverings are required in all public places. Please wear a mask / face covering. For all information, including exemptions please visit the WA State Coronavirus Webpage
“Beginning June 8, all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety and health rules and guidance.” - Safe Start Washington
More information on masks can be found at:
Recovery & Reopening Tools:
- Recovery Council Business Reopening Toolkit
- WVCC Survey Briefing Document
- Governor Inslee Phased Reopening Plan
- Washington Retail Association Safety Operational Checklist
- PPP Forgiveness Information from US Chamber of Commerce
- JDSA Law Presentation on Employment Law
For a comprehensive list of resources for employers, employees, community organizations, nonprofits and faith-based organizations please click here. This document will be updated as new information becomes available.
We recommend these resources for COVID-19 related updates:
- IRS Tool for payments to community members
- Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
- Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
- Specific to Chelan and Douglas Counties
- Chelan - Douglas Corona Virus Information
- Essential Businesses List
- Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan (SBA)
We recommend this resource for Businesses to seek help with COVID-19:
If you are interested in speaking with someone to help get assistance with your business, please apply here
Últimas noticias del COVID-19
Para una lista completa de recursos para empleadores, empleados, organizaciones comunitarias, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y organizaciones de origen religioso, por favor haga click aquí.
Este documento será actualizado tan pronto como se obtenga nueva información.
Recomendamos estos recursos para noticias actualizadas acerca del COVID-19:
- Pagos de impacto economico
- Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC en inglés)
- Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH en inglés)
- Información de salud específica a los condados de Chelan y de Douglas.
- Administración de Emergencias del Condado de Chelan
Recomendamos este recurso listado a continuación para negocios que busquen ayuda para combatir el COVID-19. Es en inglés
Si usted está interesado(a) en hablar con alguien para conseguir ayuda para su negocio, por favor postule aquí.