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Chamber Cares Small Business Grant: Round 2

Eligibility

  • Headquarters/Business must be located in Kittitas County
  • Must be currently operating or in operation as of March 1, 2020 and now open
  • Grant funding must be used for COVID-related impact reimbursement and/or COVID-induced operational change expenses (self-attest certification and acknowledgment required)
  • Priority to businesses that have not received any additional funding from previously distributed programs.

Eligible Expenses

  • Rent or mortgage support
  • Utilities assistance (e.g. gas, power, water, sewer)
  • Location cleaning
  • Safety supplies
  • Inventory purchases
  • Physical site reconfiguration
  • Employee assistance (e.g. transportation, gear)

Ineligible Expenses

  • Owner or employee wages
  • Anything not associated with reopening or adapting a business that existed prior to March 1, 2020
  • Small businesses may not be reimbursed by multiple funders for the same cost (double-dipping), and this principle also applies to any recipients of CARES funding: No duplicate payments or supplanting of other costs are allowed.
  • Funding may NOT be used for expenses that have been or will be reimbursed by other federal funding programs (e.g. Economic Disaster Injury Loan or Payroll Protection Program)

Reporting Requirements
Successful recipients will have further requirements when reviewing contracts.

Application Timeline
Applications received and reviewed on a rolling basis from inception until funding has been exhausted. Successful recipients will be notified by email or telephone as soon as possible. Funding expires 6/30/2021.

Funding Allocation

Total Available: $40,000

Max Request: $2,500

*Additional determinations (higher/lower award) made at the discretion of the Review Committee.

Reason for Rejection

  • Declined due to being of an ineligible type
  • Declined due to incomplete submission of necessary documents
  • Declined due to evaluation the grant request does not meet the grant criteria
  • Declined due to lack of available grant funding

All competed applications must be sent to the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin at amy@kittitascountychamber.com. If you have any questions about the Chamber Cares Small Business Grant, please email Amy or call (509) 925-2002. The Chamber Cares Small Business Grant: Round 2 will close on June 30, 2021 at 12 p.m.

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

City of Ellensburg Grant Opportunities

City of Ellensburg, WA has announced four new grant programs for 2022. The four new grant programs are:
  • Community Grants
  • Park Partnerships
  • Water Quality Grants
  • Historic Preservation Grants
The application deadline for all four grant programs is August 31 for potential 2022 funding.
Additional information or questions can be accessed and answered by contacting Laurie Gigstead in the City Manager's Office at (509) 962-7221.

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

SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Civil Unrest

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million to help meet people working capital needs caused by the disaster.

These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Chelan, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Pierce, Snohomish and Yakima counties in Washington.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov.

The deadline for businesses and private nonprofit organizations to apply for the SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Civil Unrest is June 16, 2021.

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.

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 2020. 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 or the Director of Tourism and Events Madison Ford at madison@kittitascountychamber.com.

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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