The Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce is continuing to distribute $10 million of funding from the federal CARES Act to small businesses and nonprofits throughout King County.
The application to receive a portion of $580,000 in emergency grant money is open until Sept. 28.
Awards between $5,000 and 10,000 will be allocated as taxable income grants to between 60 and 115 small businesses and nonprofits requesting assistance with expenses due to COVID-19-related impacts. Eligible businesses must also have been established for over one year and have received no more than $5,000 in support from the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant, among other factors.
Prioritized applications include minority and women-owned small businesses and nonprofits in cities and industries most affected by COVID-19, like hospitality, tourism, retail, and air travel in Seattle, Kent, and Bellevue to start.
Kent Mayor Dana Ralph encouraged small business owners to apply as soon as possible for the competitive grants, citing months of necessary updates to such relief programs since April.
“This crisis for small businesses continues to be difficult and tiring. I want our Kent businesses to be aware of each and every opportunity to receive assistance,” Ralph said in the City of Kent’s Office of the Mayor newsletter.
The Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce will notify grant recipients Oct. 6.