Everett offers more pandemic relief grants to businesses

A second round of COVID-19 funding offers small business in the city grants of up to $20,000.

EVERETT — The City of Everett is offering a second round of COVID-19 relief grants of $10,000 and $20,000 to small businesses.

This round will again award $10,000 grants to businesses with one to 20 employees, but this time the program adds a second category that offers $20,000 awards to businesses with 21 to 50 employees.

Applications are being accepted now through Sept. 11.

Requirements include that the applicant be a small business licensed by the city and within Everett city limits. All city taxes and fees must be up to date. National chains are not eligible.

The Everett Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Everett CARES) grant program distributed $500,000 in the spring for small business recovery.

The first round of the Everett CARES grant program received 153 applications, of which 50 were awarded $10,000 grants, city officials said.

Recipients included independent apparel stores, restaurants, bars, art galleries and breweries.

Of the 50 businesses, 27 are owned by women, 14 by minorities, four by veterans and two by people who identify as LGBTQIA.

Businesses that didn’t receive one of the initial grants are encouraged to apply for this new round of funding.

Businesses that received one of the initial $10,000 grants are not eligible.

More information on eligibility and the application process can be found at everettwa.gov/everettcares.

Janice Podsada; jpodsada@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods

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