State Offering Round 3 of Working WA grants for businesses
Gov. Jay Inslee has announced Round 3 of Working WA grants aimed at helping small businesses cope with expenses arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The state is offering a total of $70 million in business grants.
Working WA Grants Aimed at Small Businesses
The new round of Working WA grants has earmarked $50 million for small businesses with revenues of $5 million or less in 2019. The government is aiming at assisting companies in sectors that have been hit especially hard by public health measures (closures and other restrictions). They are also readying grants for businesses hurt by significant, cumulative impacts. The state gives examples such as full-service restaurants, fitness centers, and music and event venues.
How Much and What For
The maximum grant amount is $20,000. The grants are intended to cover only expenses and costs incurred due to the pandemic. The expenses must have been necessary to keep the business in operation.
How to Apply
The Washington State Department of Commerce is administering the grant program, and is scheduling on online application portal the first week of December. The cutoff for applications is December 10.
Information you’ll need:
- A completed W-9 form
- Copy of valid photo ID
- Copy of the 2019 tax return
- Proof of address for the business, such a lease, tax statement, or utility bill
- Helpful but not absolutely necessary: the NAICS code for the business
If you need it, we can get an electronic copy of your 2019 tax return if we filed it for you.
A link to the grant application portal will be on this page when it becomes operational.
The State Department of Commerce has a news release on the program.
The NAICS Association has this tool for looking up a business code.
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