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COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Small Businesses

Over the last year, Washington State has provided small businesses throughout the state with more than $125 million in grants to address the economic outfall of COVID-19. This effort continues with a new round of grant opportunities being managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

Closed – Working Washington Grants: Round 4

Working Washington Round 4 offered $240 million in grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures.

Priorities for funding:

  • Businesses required to close.
  • Businesses with lost revenue as a result of closure.
  • Businesses with added expenses to maintain safe operations.
  • Equitable distribution of grant funds across the state and to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.

Have a question?

For questions related to your application, call our technical support center at (855) 602-2722 or email them at commercegrants@submittable.com.

Center hours are: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday

OPEN – Department of Agriculture Relief & Recovery Grants

The WSDA Relief and Recovery grants are available thanks to a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce. Grants of approximately $15,000 are available for small businesses in four sectors:

  • Shellfish growers
  • Farmers market organizations
  • Agritourism farms
  • Small breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries (dependent upon tap or tasting room sales).

These four sectors were selected for assistance as a way to bolster the health and diversity of the Washington state economy by providing support to disproportionately impacted and previously underserved agricultural sectors. The grant program opens Apr. 9 and runs through Apr. 26.


Coming! Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

The $16 billion in federal SVOG grants are targeted to live venue operators and promoters, theatrical producers, performing arts organization operators, motion picture theater operators, museum operators and talent representatives who were impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying applicants who applied for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, can also apply for this grant, with the eligible award being reduced by the amount of the PPP loan. The Department of Commerce does not manage this grant.

Due to technical difficulties, SBA has temporarily suspended the SVOG application portal. SBA is working closely with the portal vendors to reopen as soon as possible. SBA will share advance notice of the time and date before the reopening so all applicants can be prepared and to ensure fair and equal access. Applicants may continue to register for a new account.

The portal opened April 8.


These grants are managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce and are meant to provide relief to organizations that have been severely impacted by COVID-19.