Port of Everett, state offer new small business grants

Port tenants and companies affected by COVID-19 health restrictions are encouraged to apply.

Port of Everett

The Port of Everett is offering a third round of federal pandemic relief grants to its commercial tenants.

Individual grants of up to $5,000 are available to eligible businesses which have been closed or are operating at a reduced capacity due to circumstances or restrictions due to COVID-19.

Funds can be used to cover eligible expenses from April 1 to Dec. 31.

Applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements, including being a commercial tenant or subtenant on Port of Everett property and being been closed to the public and/or conducting modified operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants are part of the port’s Economic Development Grant for Evolution (EDGE) program, a port commission initiative to help commercial tenants recover from pandemic-related hardships.

In June, the port commission allocated $50,000 to fund EDGE this year.

To date, five tenants have received grant awards for a combined total of $17,420. Remaining funds are eligible to applicants in this third and final round for 2020.

Grant applications are being accepted now through Dec. 21. Applications must be submitted electronically at www.portofeverett.com/EDGE.

Washington state

Grant applications for $50 million in small business grants are being accepted by state officials.

The Working Washington grants, announced last month by Gov. Jay Inslee, are intended to fund small businesses with annual revenue of $5 million or less in 2019. Businesses affected by recent public health measures, as well as firms that have experienced “significant, cumulative impacts” of the COVID-19 pandemic, are encouraged to apply. Examples include full-service restaurants, fitness centers, bowling alleys and musical and event venues. Some nonprofits might be eligible if they operate a business such as a full-service restaurant or non-profit music venue.

Grants of up to $20,000 may be awarded.

Priority will be given to applications received by Dec. 10.

To apply, go to commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants.

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