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U.S. Economic Development Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced six new programs to equitable invest $3 billion under President Biden's American Rescue Plan.

The programs aim to assist communities in their efforts to build back their communities by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

The application process is now open. Deadlines vary based on program. To access application details and information, you must attend that specific webinar which is located in their press release (provided below).

Micro-Grants Available for Promotion of Small and/or New Events

The Kittitas County Lodging Tax Committee is pleased to announce the availability of micro-grants for 2021. Grants are available for nonprofit organizations with plans to coordinate and produce an event within Kittitas County. Organizations applying should support projects with the goal of increasing non-resident visitor expenditures coming from 50 miles or further outside the county.
Potential uses for these funds include advertising through print, electronic and web advertising, publications, and/or marketing collateral. Funding may also be considered for event operations upon approval of the Kittitas County Lodging Tax Committee. The Micro-Grants are funded through Kittitas County lodging tax funds and are administered through the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.
Completed applications should be sent to the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin at amy@kittitascountychamber.com.

Small Business Flex Fund

Reopening is here and the Washington State Department of Commerce is launching the Small Business Flex Fund to help businesses recover and grow.
 
The Fund is a low-interest loan program for small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees and $3 million in annual revenue. The program works with and through local Community Development Financial Institutions experienced in serving under-resourced communities and underbanked businesses.
 
Pre-apply at smallbusinessflexfund.org, get matched to a local lender and be supported throughout the process!
 
This public-private program is possible thanks to many communities and lending partners including Heritage Bank, WaFd Bank, Ascendus, Evergreen Business Capital, Business Impact NW, NDC National Development Council and Craft3.
The grant and the newly developed Partner Toolkit are available in multiple different languages to help more small businesses and non-profits receive the help that they need to recover and grow.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

Other requirements of note:

  • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
  • Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount

Central Washington United Way Grant

United Way of Central Washington is currently accepting funding requests to support:

  • Critical services for food, housing, health care, homeless services (to include additional needs due to cold weather season)
  • Services supporting behavioral or mental health
  • Staffing needs to support critical service delivery
  • Technology resources for critical service delivery These requests are reviewed by a funding partnership of the United Way of Central Washington, Latino Community Fund, and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.

Requests are considered on an ongoing basis as funding becomes available. For more information, please contact: info@uwcw.org or (509) 248-1557, grants@yakimavalleycf.org or (509) 457-7616, and/or info@latinocommunityfund.org or (509) 901-2798

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Grants

As Washington State’s only statewide preservation advocacy organization, the Washington Trust plays a key role in advocating for good preservation policy on both the state and national levels.

There are grants and advocacy opportunities available on their website.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program is a federal stimulus program designed to provide quick access to Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for companies with 500 or fewer employees to assist with payroll and covered operating costs during short-term business disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application.

Washington State Paid Family Medical Leave Grant

Small business assistance grants are here!

These grants provide up to $3,000 to help cover costs associated with employees who take Paid Leave. Learn more about eligibility, requirements and the application process in the help center.

SBA Express Bridge Loan

Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

SBA Debt Relief

As part of our coronavirus debt relief efforts, the SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Micro-loans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Micro-loans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020. This relief is not available for Paycheck Protection Program loans or Economic Injury Disaster loans.

Central Washington Disability Resources CARES Act Funding

Beginning October 1, 2020, Central Washington Disability Resources (CWDR) is able to provide a one-time financial aid to individuals with disabilities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding can be utilized for rental assistance, food assistance, medical payment/COVID-19 testing fees, utility bills, phone bills, necessary transportation, or to secure PPE and cleaning supplies.

Contact CWDR a (509) 962-9620 or email ashley@mycwdr.org or joshua@mycwdr.org.

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