EVERETT — Local small businesses can again ask for government money to help relieve the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. But they must act fast.
Everett and six other cities in Snohomish County have reopened application periods for economic relief grants after county leaders elected last month to funnel $2.5 million more in federal CARES Act funds through existing municipal programs.
Stanwood, Bothell, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe and Mountlake Terrace are accepting additional applications.
The money is being allocated to cities based on population, with Everett set to get the most — about $640,000.
Federal rules require that the awards be made by Dec. 30, so deadlines are quickly approaching.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday (Dec. 7), according to a news release the city issued on Thursday. Businesses with 20 employees or less may apply for grants of $10,000 each. Businesses with 21 to 50 employees may apply for awards of $20,000 each.
Those who applied unsuccessfully in previous rounds may get money this time. Those who received awards in the past could also get smaller grants.
The city will award $340,000 to businesses that have not yet received Everett CARES Act grants and another $300,000 to businesses that got funding during previous rounds, according to the news release.
More information: everettwa.gov/everettcares
Grants will be awarded to the first 10 qualified businesses that apply by 5 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 8), according to the city website.
If 10 eligible businesses apply before the deadline, the application period will close early, the website says.
Independently owned restaurants and fitness centers may apply. Small businesses that have already received a grant from the city or county are ineligible.
Winning businesses will receive $10,000 each, according to the website.
More info: bothellwa.gov
Grants will be awarded to qualifying businesses “on a first come, first served basis,” according to the city website.
Winners will get up to $10,000 each. Applicants must have fewer than 50 employees.
Those that have already received CARES Act funding are not eligible.
More info: marysvillewa.gov
Applications are due to “by the close of business” on Dec. 16, the city said in a Friday press release.
Businesses must have 50 or fewer employees and meet other requirements to apply.
Those that have received grant money from the city or the county already are ineligible. Marijuana-related businesses cannot apply, the news release says.
More info: cityofmillcreek.com
Applications are due by 6 p.m. on Dec. 13, according to the city’s website.
Businesses which have received CARES Act funds during past grant rounds may not apply.
More info: cityofmlt.com
Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, according to the Monroe Chamber of Commerce’s website.
Awards will primarily go to those who have not previously received a grant from the city, the website says.
Qualifying businesses may receive up to $5,000 each.
There is another Chamber of Commerce grant program for Monroe businesses. The deadline for that program is 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.
More info: choosemonroe.com
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 7), according to the city’s website. The program is known as the Stanwood SOARING grant program.
Businesses must have 15 or fewer employees and meet other requirements, the website says.
More info: stanwoodwa.org
Application periods have closed in Snohomish, Arlington, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo and Lake Stevens. Those cities will distribute the additional CARES Act money from the county to businesses that have already applied.