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Community Accelerator Grant Program by ArtsFund

ArtsFund is thrilled to announce a new grantmaking program, the Community Accelerator Grant, a historic investment in Washington’s arts and culture sector. 

Program Basics:

Funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Community Accelerator Grant program will provide unrestricted grants for cultural nonprofit organizations across Washington state in amounts of $2,500 to $25,000. Funding will provide essential capital to Washington’s cultural organizations, including fiscally sponsored and tribal organizations, whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and cultural activities. 

Eligibility: Organizations whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and cultural activities, and who have a minimum three-year average budget of $25,000. There is no budget cap. 

Timeline: The grant program will open to applicants January 4 – 31, 2023 with distribution expected in Q1 2023. 

The program will be informed by a Community Advisory Panel that will represent WA’s geography and individual lived experiences of Black, Indigenous People of Color, LGBTQ+ and Disabled People. The panel will work to ensure decision making is as close to the impacted communities as possible. 

  • The Community Accelerator Grant will invest in a stronger, more inclusive and thriving arts and cultural sector for Washington State by allowing organizations to self-determine how best to utilize their funding. 
  • The funds are intended to boost arts organizations’ ability to invest in their missions and essential roles serving communities across the state. 

Visit www.artsfund.org/accelerator to sign up for updates 

Information session: Offered on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 11 am.

https://artsfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_enG8c2oOTXKwM--HpaN6DQ

COVID Safety Support for Large Organizations

COVID Safety Support for Large Organizations offers one-time grants to large arts, culture, heritage, or science* non-profit organizations in Washington State.

Eligible applicants must have costs associated with COVID-19 testing and safety monitoring required by either state and local governments, union contracts, or both. All eligible applicants will have reported annual gross receipts of greater than $5,000,000 in calendar year 2019.

  • This grant supports previously unfunded costs and current reimbursable costs for COVID-19 mitigation (for example: filtration systems, testing costs, PPE, staff to check vaccine cards, COVID-19 compliance officers, etc.).**
  • Previously unfunded costs eligible to be covered by this grant will have been requested on previous grant applications but were declined OR only partially funded. Previous grant applications may have been submitted from March 30, 2020 to the present.
  • Current reimbursable costs are those related to COVID-19 mitigation (including staffing) for the period between your last grant application up until the date of your submission of this grant application.

* For the purposes of this grant, “science” non-profit organizations may not be science companies, including research and/or development laboratories or services, and science manufacturing.

** Parameters of this grant program are based directly on the State of Washington’s Authorizing language: 5693-S.SL.pdf – (Pg 110 line 12)

Opening November 8, 2022

Apply by December 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Clean Energy Fund Building Electrification Grant Program

A Request for Applications (RFA) for approximately $9.7 million from the Clean Energy Fund Building Electrification grant program opened today. Funding is available for eligible building owners, and tenants with owner approval, in Washington to deploy and demonstrate building electrification strategies and technology to help achieve the state's emission reduction goals for the building sector.

Building Electrification grants will support statewide clean energy strategies that align with the 2021 State Energy Strategy.

Grant focus and priorities

Funding through this opportunity focuses on projects that deploy grid-interactive building technology, replace fossil fuel equipment with high-efficiency electric equipment, and demonstrate strategies to advance all- electric, zero-energy buildings in Washington. Commerce is prioritizing projects that:

  • Reduce energy burden for priority communities and increase community resiliency.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.
  • Establish workforce development opportunities for priority communities.
  • Advance programs and technology solutions to accelerate the deployment of zero-energy buildings.

Who can apply?

  • For-profit companies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • State, local, and federally recognized tribal governments, including K-12 public school districts and housing authorities
  • Individual owners of commercial and multifamily residential buildings and tenants with owner approval
  • Retail electric utilities

Deadline

Applications are due by 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

Go Global E-Commerce Technical Assistance Grant Program

Go Global is an E-commerce Technical Assistance Grant Program that supports small businesses with the consulting, design and technical support required to develop and integrate e-commerce into their website so they can successfully market and sell domestically and internationally and grow their worth.

Small business owners awarded through Go Global will select contractors (they wish to work with) from among a statewide master list of vetted and approved contractors procured by Commerce. The grant award is up to $4,000 to cover the cost of the needed web design/e-commerce project. This will be paid by Commerce directly to the contractor when the e-commerce project is completed.

The awards will be on-going process, based on funds available.

 

  1. Qualifying small businesses in Washington will be able to apply using this Smartsheet application form.
  2. A team at Commerce will review the application and give it a thumbs up or thumbs down.
  3. If you are awarded the grant, you will be referred to a list of qualified, vetted design firms that can help you build the site of your dreams. You will select the one you want to work with. We highly recommend that you get more than one bid and ask for a fixed-cost bid so you can plan your budget accordingly.
  4. When the work is all done, the design firm will let us know the project is completed to your specifications and satisfaction.
  5. The state will then reimburse the design firm for up to $4,000 of the project cost. If the project was more costly than that, you will need to pay the balance to the design firm directly.

That’s all there is to it. After your project is done, you can continue to work with your web firm going forward on more bells and whistles or take things from there and do everything on your own. Every business is different, so our job here at the state is to give you the helping hand you need to get online or get your site generating leads and sales for you.

If you really start mastering international sales, you may even be able to apply for an Export Voucher with our International Trade office, giving you more financial resources to grow your market share, engage in exports, and even attend trade shows.

The portal will be opened until the funding will last. The application window will close May 31, 2023

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.

 

As of January 1, 2022, we are not able to accept applications for new COVID EIDL loans or advances. SBA will continue to accept requests for increases, reconsideration, and appeals.

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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