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Loans and Grants

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Grant

The Valerie Sivinski Fund is a program that provides grants up to $2,000 to organizations and community groups engaged in historic preservation around our state. The goal of the fund is to support historic preservation where it really happens: at the community level.

The 2021 Valerie Sivinski Fund applications are due October 14, 2020, and award winners will be announced at the Washington Trust’s annual Sivinski Holiday Benefit on December 15, 2020. Click the button below to see who is eligible to apply.

Kittitas County CAREs Act Funding

Kittitas County was able to award 64 businesses the CAREs Act Funding. The recipients of the funds can be found below. For more information, please email our CEO Amy McGuffin.

City of Cle Elum CAREs Act Funding

The City of Cle Elum has received federal CARES funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce to assist small businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Go to the City of Cle Elum Care's Funding link below for more information and to fill out an application.

The deadline for grant applications was June 30, 2020 and is now closed. The City of Cle Elum awarded 16 businesses the CAREs Act Funding.

City of Ellensburg CAREs Act Funding


The City of Ellensburg has received federal CARES funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce to assist small businesses and individuals adversely impacted by the COVID-19. The Ellensburg City Council is dedicated to making as much of this money as possible available to support the businesses and individuals that make us the community that we are.

On May 18, 2020, the Ellensburg City Council passed a resolution aimed at providing critical assistance to small businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the City of Ellensburg launched a small business assistance grant program making funds available to help businesses recover from the adverse impacts due to the COVID-19 virus.

Those Ellensburg businesses who made application to, but were not funded, the Working Washington grant program in April are already teed up for consideration with the city’s new grant program; they need not reapply. Businesses who did not apply to the Working Washington program may apply online at

The deadline for grant applications was June 19, 2020 and is now closed. The City of Ellensburg awarded 71 businesses the CAREs Act Funding.  

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant

Governor Inslee Approved 31 Kittitas County Businesses for the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce, Governor Inslee has approved $149,554 of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) for 31 companies in Kittitas County affected by COVID-19. 

As of this morning, May 18, the recipients have been informed by the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin. The selected businesses include; 7 construction/contractor companies, 5 retail establishments, 4 restaurants, 2 hospitality establishments, 2 healthcare businesses, 2 manufacturing businesses, 1 fitness facility, 1 surveying agency, 1 auto repair business, 1 law agency, 1 salon, 1 janitorial business, 1 forestry service, 1 electric company, and 1 HVACR business. 

If you have any questions, concerns or would like additional information, please contact our CEO Amy McGuffin. If you did not receive the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant, please contact Amy for additional local grant opportunities coming as soon as June 1.

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. The Paycheck Protection Program Loan is offered at these local lenders: Cashmere Valley Bank, Umpqua Bank, U.S. Bank, Bank of the West, Heritage Bank, Wheatland Bank, Chase Bank, Washington Federal Bank. Additional information about the Paycheck Protection Program can be found here.

(Final) PPP vs. EIDL

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.

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.

ArtsWA CARES Act Relief Grants

ArtsWA is pleased to provide rapid-response funding to non-profit and fiscally sponsored arts groups and organizations that are facing financial hardship due to economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, in the form of grants, is provided by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Arts.