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Round 4 Eligibility

The state’s Working Washington Round 4 Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will provide grants to eligible businesses up to $25,000. This program’s focus is helping small for-profit businesses impacted by COVID-19 and related health and safety measures. The state legislature approved $240 million for this program (ESHB 1368, signed into law on Feb. 19, 2021).

Requirements for eligibility

  • Active for-profit business or individual DBA located in Washington state (“does business as”.) Businesses can only apply for one location per business (identified by UBI or EIN).
  • Has been in business before January 1, 2020 and filed a 2019 tax return
  • Generates at least 51% of revenue in Washington state
  • Operates from a physical brick and mortar location in Washington state (separate from owner’s home)
  • Reported gross annual revenue between $25,000 and $5,000,000 USD in 2019
  • Experienced a decrease in revenue and/or incurred additional costs between 2019 and 2020 due to COVID-19 public health and safety measures

Ineligible for Round 4

  • Non-profit business or organization
  • Child care provider (not including recreation/entertainment)
  • School (Pre-K, K-12 and higher education)
  • Library
  • Hospital/Healthcare provider (personal services such as massage and chiropractors ARE eligible)
  • Dentists, physicians, surgeons, psychologists and psychoanalysts
  • Property management/Real estate (including owners or operators of short-term rental properties)
  • Professional Services (accounting, insurance, legal, financial services/firms, architects etc.)
  • Agriculture & aquaculture producer (such as farms and ranchers)
  • Licensed marijuana/cannabis operation (this does not include CBD retailers)
  • Drivers of shared ride companies (g., Lyft or Uber)
  • Host/operator of a vacation or short-term rental unit (like Airbnb or VRBO)
  • Government entities or elected official offices
  • Passive business, investment companies and investors who file a Schedule E on their personal tax returns
  • Financial business primarily engaged in the business of lending, such as banks, finance company and factoring company
  • Businesses that have permanently closed or intend to permanently close in 2021
  • Businesses engaged in any socially undesirable activity or activity that may be considered predatory in nature (such as rent-to-own businesses and check cashing businesses)
  • Businesses of a prurient sexual nature (“adult” businesses)
  • Speculative businesses
  • Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
  • Businesses without a physical location in Washington state
  • Businesses that restrict patronage for any reason other than capacity or age restrictions per regulations
  • Businesses found to be in violation of any COVID-19-related order issued by the governor. This includes remaining open when ordered to close, or disregarding COVID-19 health or safety measures applicable to the business.
  • Businesses found to have compliance or regulatory issues as of March 2020
  • Businesses that are actively engaged in current/pending lawsuits
  • Businesses disbarred by the federal government
  • Businesses actively pursuing a bankruptcy declaration