Snohomish County offers pandemic relief to local nonprofits

The program uses federal CARES Act money to help nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

EVERETT — Snohomish County will offer pandemic relief grants to nonprofits that serve the county.

The Non-Profit Stabilization and Capacity-Building grant program will use federal CARES Act funds to support local nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are being taken now through September 18.

More than $2 million is available.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted people countywide, including our non-profit partners,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “We know how important the services provided by non-profit organizations are to the health, safety, and well-being of the Snohomish County community.”

Among the requirements: Nonprofits must have been open at least a year, have a physical presence Snohomish County and be registered with the state of Washington.

Grants are intended to cover operating expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities and business licensing.

The Community Foundation of Snohomish County will administer the awards on behalf of the county.

The grant program is part of a COVID-19 package proposed by Somers and approved by the county council.

Snohomish County Council Chair Nate Nehring said the county is “eager to get these federal funds into the hands of our non-profit partners.”

“Too many people across Snohomish County are out of work or unable to pay bills, and we will continue to find ways to support them,” Nehring said. “We will do what we can to support every sector of our economy until the pandemic is behind us.”

Grant instructions are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian.

For information go to: bit.ly/3hKjLs2.

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