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UPDATED: State and federal funded grants awarded to some Ferndale businesses

FERNDALE, Wash. — Officials with the City of Ferndale announced today, September 10th, that 29 businesses in Ferndale have been awarded Whatcom ReStart business grants totaling $230,000 in allocated federal CARES Act funding.

Whatcom cities and the county agreed to pool portions of their CARES Act allocations in an effort to create a benefit greater than each could accomplish on their own according to City Administrator Jori Burnett. The city contributed $100,000 and the county contributed $130,000 to these grants.

The maximum grant amount for businesses is $15,000. A panel made up of the following people evaluated and scored each application to determine eligibility and rank the needs of all applicants.

  • City Administrator Jori Burnett
  • Ferndale Mayor Greg Hanson
  • City Community Development Director Haylie Miller
  • Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Anya Milton
  • City Councilmember Ryan O’Larey

Qualified applicants needed to show they experienced a reduction in revenue greater than 25% due to the COVID-19 mandates and 25 or fewer employees. Grant awards can only be applied toward eligible business expenses such as rent, payroll, operating costs and pandemic-related health costs.

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Port of Bellingham officials announced September 8th that 628 qualified applications were received county-wide and, from those, 269 applicants (42%) were awarded a total of $2.5 million in grants.

The ReStart Grants across the county are funded from a pool of federal CARES Act allocations to the county and cities in an effort to boost businesses facing an economic emergency resulting from stay-at-home mandates and business restrictions by the Washington state government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ferndale area businesses reported by the City of Ferndale to have been awarded ReStart Grants are listed below. While a portion of the city’s CARES Act funds was reportedly pooled with a portion of the county’s, the list provided by the city separated out the source of funding for each award.

Business NameCity FundedCounty Funded
Anda Photography$2,200
Apple Pediatric Dentistry$8,500
Apropos Hospitality Group$5,000
Bellingham Professional Office$10,800
Clary M Jensen$15,000
Crave Catering$10,000
Creative Signs & Design$2,200
David McAnany Maintenance$2,100
DownTime Taps$15,000
Dun-rit Cleaning$8,000
Flow Motion, LLC$15,000
Friendly Foot$2,400
Fringe Brewing$15,000
GLB North$9,793.49
Gym Star Sports Center$15,000
Jack Francis Foods$10,000
Juan & Family Auto Sales$2,630
Juan Boat Service$2,051.30
Leader Block LLC$12,800
Main Street Grill$15,000
Manthey Momentum Sports$3,000
Master Remodeling$2,400
Memorable Events & Catering$14,000
Northwest Glass$2,600
Peace Arch Therapeutic Massage$2,400
Premier Cleaning Service$1,800
Roni Sue Peluso$6,400
Satori Massage$9,032.21
Tacos Guadalajara$8,400
Take Aim Independent Living Solutions$3,000
TOTALS$100,000$131,507

It was announced by the Port of Bellingham in late August that some Ferndale area childcare provider businesses had also awarded ReStart Grants from the pooled federal allocations to cities and the county. Ferndale area childcare providers reported by the Port of Bellingham to have been awarded a grant from the total of $479,265 in grant awards are listed below.

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Business NameGrant Amount
Little Angels Daycare Preschool $10,000
Olive Diaz Childcare $10,000
Leah’s Place Childcare$3,000
TLC Daycare$10,000

In May, 37 Whatcom County businesses were approved to receive a total of $333,499 in Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants from Washington State Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness. According to a letter from the department to the Port of Bellingham, the grants were intended to go to businesses “facing imminent failure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic emergency.” Ferndale area businesses who received a grant are listed below.

Business NameGrant Amount
Axe Engineering & Land Use Services$10,000
Perennial Painting LLC$7,700
HighCraft Group LLC$10,000
Complete Auto Repair Service$10,000
Nopal Mexican Family Restaurant and Bar$10,000
Net Solutions North America, LLC$7,821

This story was updated about 2pm September 11th to reflect the amounts awarded Ferndale businesses in ReStart Grants using information provided by the City of Ferndale.

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