FERNDALE, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Commerce today, July 29th, announced the final group of grants from the first round of the Governor’s Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Businesses with up to 10 employees were eligible to apply to receive funding to cover costs including rent, utility bills, supplies, inventory and other operating expenses. The application process began in April.
In total, over 1,500 Washington businesses are expected to receive over $9.7 million in Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants, saving an estimated 5,500 jobs, according to today’s press release from the Department of Commerce.
Commerce officials said they received over 26,000 grant applications from across the state. Amounts applied for were 10-times the available funding amount.
The applications were reviewed by county and state economic development teams. The first round of grants was funded with $5 million from the Governor’s Working Washington economic development strategic reserve fund and $5 million from the state’s $200 million COVID-19 emergency response package approved by the Legislature in March.
Commerce Director Lisa Brown said another round of Working Washington grants “is on the way very soon.” These will be funded with a portion of the state’s Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds being administrated through the Department of Commerce.
Ferndale area Working Washington Grant recipients
- Nopal Mexican Family Restaurant and Bar
- Net Solutions North America, LLC
- Complete Auto Repair Service
- Axe Engineering & Land Use Services
- Perennial Painting LLC
- HighCraft Group LLC