The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) was notified Wednesday that 77 local businesses who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic will be receiving grants from the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program (WWSBEG).

The grantees, which represent 16 different jurisdictions across Pierce County and were selected from a pool of 4,054, are currently in the process of being notified. Funding ranges from $3,443 to $10,000 to help cover operational expenses such as rent, utilities, and other allowable expenses.

Businesses receiving the funding employ no more than 10 people and were drawn from a pool of applications made through the EDB. The grants were then approved by Governor Jay Inslee as part of the WWSBEG.

“We are pleased to partner with the state to offer these much-needed funds to companies that are working hard to stay in business and keep people employed during these historically difficult times,” Bruce Kendall, CEO of the EDB, said in a statement.

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