• Deadline approaches to apply for Working Washington grant

    April 06, 2021
    The State Department of Commerce is accepting applications through 5 p.m. Friday for its Working Washington grant program, providing relief for businesses impacted by the pandemic. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal here.

    These grants are aimed at for-profit small businesses in industries that have hard costs associated with their operations and faced the most significant challenges to paying those hard costs because they were required to close. Hard costs include but are not limited to rent, utilities, payroll or personal protective equipment.

    Eligible applications will be reviewed based on the following priority criteria:
    • Industries that had to close as a result of safety and public health measures
    • Size of the business (measured by 2019 revenue)
    • Lost revenue between 2019 and 2020 as well as added expenses to maintain safe operations
    To ensure equitable distribution, Commerce will also consider businesses operating in a rural or low-income community or that is owned by someone from a historically under-served population (minority, veteran, LGBTQ+ or women-owned).