FERNDALE, Wash. — City of Ferndale (COF) Administrator Jori Burnett said in a staff report to city council members the COF had received CARES Act awards totaling $643,500 to cover qualifying COVID-19-related expenditures incurred by November 30th. Much will be used to cover the COF’s own expenses including acquiring computers to facilitate working remotely, staff time and personal protective equipment. But some is being used to assist local businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The city pooled $100,000 of their CARES Act money with Whatcom County and the other cities to create Whatcom ReStart business grants. These grants were awarded last month and 29 Ferndale businesses were recipients of a total of $230,000 in awards.
The COF recently announced it would provide $40,000 of this CARES Act funding to the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce to also be distributed to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and response.
Named “The Sustainability Fund,” this money is intended to be a “resiliency grant program,” according to Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Anya Milton.
Many businesses have expressed a desire to continue operating outdoors or expanding online offerings and need to upgrade their amenities in order to do so. We want to support these efforts and are committed to doing so for all businesses in Ferndale, regardless of membership status with the Chamber.Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Anya Milton – October 19, 2020
Conditions of eligibility as provided by the Chamber are as follows:
- Businesses must be currently licensed within the city limits of Ferndale
- Eligible expenses have occurred between September 1st and November 23rd and documentation will be required
- If applicants have yet to implement a resiliency plan, applicants will share their plan and anticipated cost associated with implementation to seek for preapproval for reimbursement
- Reimbursement for grant dollars shall not exceed $5000 per business
Online applications and more information can be found on the Chamber’s website. Applications are due by Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm.