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COVID-19 Emergency Grants & Loans for Small Businesses

Over the last year, Washington State has provided small businesses throughout the state with more than $500 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.

OPEN – Small Business Flex Fund Loans

Small businesses and nonprofits can apply for a low-interest loan of up to $150,000 to finance expansion and growth as well as recover from the pandemic and subsequent economic slowdown. Learn more and apply here.


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OPEN – 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.

The portal opened Apr. 24 at 9:30 PT.


CLOSED – Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provides funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. The Department of Commerce does not manage this grant program.

Portal opened May 3 at 9 a.m. PT.


CLOSED – Nonprofit Recovery Grants

The Washington State Department of Commerce is pleased to partner with ArtsFund to administer over $10 million in Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grants. Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with ArtsFund to center the grants program on arts, cultural, science, and heritage organizations. Grants will also be awarded to nonprofit neighborhood organizations, and sports and recreation organizations. Grants range from $2,500 to $25,000. Information and application at artsfund.org/NCRgrants.

Applications closed May 24th.

Closed – Department of Agriculture Relief & Recovery Grants

Thanks to a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, the WSDA Relief and Recovery grants offered small businesses in four sectors grants of up to $15,000:

  • 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 opened Apr. 9 and closed Apr. 26.


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

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.