A second round of funding for the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to be available soon to Grays Harbor Small Businesses.
Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. tells KXRO that they have nearly completed the distribution of the local funds from the first round of the Governor’s Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program.
This effort is part of a statewide initiative to provide emergency grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and has already saved over 5,500 jobs across the state.
In total, 30 Grays Harbor businesses received a combined $184,299 during the initial funding round, with an average grant award of $6,143.30. Funds can be used to cover costs including rent, utilities, supplies, inventory, and other operating expenses.
Total Grants: $184,299
Total Businesses: 30
Jobs Retained: 90
Pacific County saw an increased number of businesses receiving funding, and more jobs retained, but less funding overall.
Total Grants: $144,555
Total Businesses: 45
Jobs Retained: 132
A map of all statewide recipients is available on the Department of Commerce website.
Brown said another round of Working Washington grants is on the way very soon, funded with a portion of the state’s Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds being administrated through Commerce and local partners, such as GGHI.
Launched in April, applications for the Working Washington grants exceeded available funding by about 10 fold.
The first grants were funded with $5 million from the Governor’s Working Washington economic development strategic reserve fund and $5 million from the state’s $200 million COVID-19 emergency response package approved by the legislature in March.