USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers:
Applications Due October 15!
After 7 months of inertia, USDA announced Wednesday they were releasing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19. The funding was included as part of the omnibus spending bill for the current fiscal year, enacted on December 31st of last year.
- Have been in operation as a timber harvesting business or timber hauling business for at least part of the periods from January 1, 2019, through December 1, 2019, and January 1, 2020, through December 1, 2020. USDA will adjust your gross revenue proportionally if you did not operate during the entire period for one or both years.
- Be a business that derived at least 50 percent of gross revenue from timber harvesting and/or timber hauling from January 1, 2019, through December 1, 2019, and from January 1, 2020, through December 1, 2020. Specifically, eligible activities to earn revenue during these periods include cutting timber, transporting timber, and/or the processing of wood on-site on the forest land, such as chipping, grinding, converting to biochar, cutting to smaller lengths, etc.
- Have experienced a loss of at least 10 percent in gross revenue during this period in 2020 as compared to 2019. You can calculate your loss in revenue using the following formula, where both years reflect gross revenue from January 1 through December 1:
Percent Revenue Loss = ((2019 Gross Revenue – 2020 Gross Revenue) / 2019 Gross Revenue) x 100
- If a logger, must have a 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code of 113310 for tax purposes. The NAICS code for your business will be located on your federal tax return documents for 2019 and 2020.
- If a trucker, must have a NAICS code of 484220 or 484230 and must have filed an IRS Form 2290. The NAICS code for your business will be located on your federal tax return documents for 2019 and 2020.
- Comply with provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions. These will be addressed via form AD-1026 during the application process.
- Not have a controlled substance violation.
- Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.
- Submit a complete PATHH application form (FSA-1118) and provide all required documentation. The below section details all documents required to apply for PATHH.
- Not be a minor. Minors under 18 years of age are not eligible for PATHH.
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the FSA office at your local USDA Service Center or call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.
Applying for Assistance
Loggers and truckers will be able to apply for PATHH by working directly with the Farm Service Agency office at their local USDA Service Center. Applications will be accepted via mail, fax, hand delivery, or electronic means.
Producers with an eAuthentication account can apply for PATHH via our PATHH Application Portal. Applications can be completed, electronically signed, and submitted directly to your local USDA Service Center through this online system. Reference our PATHH Application Portal User Guide for more information. Producers interested in creating an eAuthentication account should visit farmers.gov/sign-in to learn more.
The forms you will need to complete your application are outlined below.
- FSA-1118, Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) Application: Applicants must complete and sign the PATHH application form and submit it to any FSA county office nationwide. The applicant must certify their gross revenue for 2019 and 2020 on the FSA-1118.
- AD-2047, Customer Data Worksheet: This form will be filled out for all individuals and legal entities, including entity members, who have not previously provided their personal information to USDA that positively identifies the customer.
- CCC-901, Member Information for Legal Entities (If Applicable): Legal entities will fill out the CCC-901 to facilitate the administration of the payment limitation and eligibility requirements, including providing members’ names and taxpayer identification numbers.
- AD-1026, Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification: All applicants must complete the AD-1026 form. If the applicant does not have any farming interests, this can be certified in box 5A. If the applicant does have a farming interest, the form must be completed in its entirety.
- IRS Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return: An applicant applying as a timber hauler must provide a copy of IRS Form 2290 for logging vehicles for 2019 and 2020. Under special circumstances, as determined by USDA, this form will not be required for a timber hauler.
- SF-3881, ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form: This form will be filled out for all applicants to collect your banking information to allow USDA to make payments to you via direct deposit.
- If requested by USDA, the applicant must provide documentation to verify eligibility and specific information included on the application, such as tax records with NAICS 113310, 484220, or 484230, as well as evidence that supports the gross revenue the applicant received from timber harvesting or hauling. Evidence could include receipts, tax returns, and other documentation that is determined acceptable by USDA as valid.
You are encouraged to contact the FSA office at your local USDA Service Center with any questions about PATHH, program eligibility, or the application process. You may also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to provide one-on-one assistance.
Lifeboat 3 is coming soon!
The Clallam County Commissioners have agreed to begin the process to distribute up to $3 Million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to small businesses that have been the hardest hit and/or unable to receive federal or state funding for different reasons. Your EDC is working with our partners, the Chambers, United Way and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship on the metrics and process. We will all be marketing the program. We hope to be issuing checks to Clallam County businesses in September. So stay tuned!
As businesses look to COVID-19 reopening and recovery, Commerce announces new public-private Flex Fund loan program for Washington small businesses and nonprofits
Program works with and through trusted local lending institutions to support historically underserved businesses
OLYMPIA, WA — Small business owners and nonprofits across Washington can start applying today for low interest loans of up to $150,000 through the newly-launched Small Business Flex Fund. The Fund is a public-private partnership aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits – particularly those in low-income communities – recover and grow as communities across the state reopen for business.
Gov. Jay Inslee in November 2020 approved a foundational investment of $30 million for the state Department of Commerce to create a recovery loan program. Commerce is partnering with several financial institutions and community-based organizations to lend $100 million or more to small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees and annual revenues of less than $3 million.
Qualifying businesses and nonprofits can apply for loans up to $150,000. Loans are available in 60- or 72-month loan terms at interest rates between 3-4.5%.
“Reopening our economy is an incredible milestone and we want to ensure that our smallest businesses and nonprofits have equitable access to flexible financial support to get back on their feet,” said Inslee. “The Small Business Flex Fund will not only aid in our businesses’ recovery from the pandemic, but it will allow them to plan ahead, grow and thrive. And this is a tool that will remain available over many years, to bolster our smallest businesses and nonprofit organizations in times of economic hardship.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic shone a bright light on many of the historic inequities and barriers facing different communities. One of those barriers is access to working capital for small businesses and nonprofits trying to develop and grow, especially those in low-income areas and led by women and people of color,” said Lisa Brown, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “We designed the Small Business Flex Fund to provide more equitable access to growth capital for smaller, local businesses and nonprofits, ensuring a greater economic recovery for all of Washington.”
The Fund works with and through local Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which serve under resourced communities and underbanked businesses the Small Business Flex Fund aims to help.
“Evergreen is proud to bring our decades of experience serving Washington’s small businesses to this effort. We believe this program will be a huge benefit to small businesses and nonprofits in Washington state,” said Patti Kibbe, CEO of Evergreen Business Capital Community Finance, a CDFI based in Seattle.
All small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and $3 million in annual revenue can apply and culturally-appropriate in-language assistance is available. Interested applicants pre-apply on the Flex Fund’s online portaland, if they qualify, will be matched with a lender. Once matched, the participating lender will assist the business owner throughout the application process and provide additional advisory support. If a business doesn’t qualify, they will be connected to a trusted community organization that can assist with finding other resources.
Five CDFIs are originating loans for the Fund, including Ascendus, Business Impact NW, Craft3, Evergreen Business Capital Community Finance, and the National Development Council Community Impact Loan Fund. This network of lenders has decades of experience serving Indigenous, rural, and immigrant communities as well as communities of color across Washington.
The CDFIs will also be supported by leading technical assistance and business support organizations including Business Impact Northwest’s Washington Women’s Business Center and Veterans Business Outreach Center, Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE), the Minority Business Development Agency – Tacoma Business Center, Sister Sky Inc., and Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) Financial Access.
The Small Business Flex Fund is administered by National Development Council with funding arranged by Calvert Impact Capital. In addition to funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce, catalytic initial loans are provided by Heritage Bank and WaFed Bank. In a joint statement they said, “As long-term supporters of Washington small businesses and the far-reaching influence they have in their communities, Heritage and WaFed Bank recognize the importance of supporting these vital businesses and are proud to promote unique public-private partnerships like the Small Business Flex Fund that assists in the continuing economic recovery from the impact of the pandemic.”
The Small Business Flex Fund’s online application and matching platform is hosted by Community Reinvestment Fund, USA, a national CDFI based in Minneapolis, MN.
For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.SmallBusinessFlexFund.org
Funding still available for new or increased Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):
Whether you have an existing COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and want to apply for an increase; or are interested in applying for an initial COVID-19 EIDL, funding is available for loans up to $500,000. For more information on eligibility, use of proceeds, and loan terms, visit the SBA website.Details on EIDL
Targeted EIDL Advance ( Only available to those that applied last round)
- Is your business address located in the area shaded in pink?
- Did you apply for an EIDL Advance in 2020 and receive a grant amount less than $10K?
- Has you revenue declined by more than 30% since 2019?
If you can say yes to these three items you should be on the lookout for an email from Targetedadvance@sba.gov. You very quickly will be receiving from the SBA the difference between $10K and the amount you received as an EIDL Advance in 2020. As an example, if you received $3K in 2020 (based on the number of employees you had in your business) as an EIDL Advance you can very quickly receive another $7K.
Applicants do not need to take any action at this time. SBA will reach out to those who qualify.
SBA will first reach out to EIDL applications that already received a partial EIDL Advance (i.e. between $1,000 – $9,000). Applicants will be contacted directly by SBA via email in the coming weeks with instructions to determine eligibility and submit documentation.
If your request is approved, you will receive an email notification and an ACH deposit to the bank account you provided in your application. It is very important that you double-check your bank account information carefully before submitting. Incorrect or incomplete information may result in an inability to approve your request or successfully disburse your funds. Carefully review the information below regarding bank account deposits.
- Double check that your account number and routing number are correct. They should be located at the bottom of your checks, if available. Log into your online banking account and locate that information there or contact your bank for confirmation.
- Make sure that the routing number provided is usable for ACH payments. Many Advance applicants submitted routing numbers reserved for other types of payments which resulted in the inability to send them an Advance.
- Bank name should be the official name of the bank; please contact your bank if you are unsure.
- Ensure you provide a checking account to facilitate the ACH payment.
- Double check that your account is still open and able to receive payments.
- Before submitting, you must make sure that the bank account you are providing satisfies the following:
- Account is opened using your business legal name matching the values entered in the business information section on your application. If you do not have a business legal name, the name on the account must match the business owner’s name
- Account has your business address and phone number matching the values entered in the business information section on your application.
- Account is opened using your business tax id (EIN or SSN if no EIN registered) matching the values entered in your initial application.
- Common reasons why the account validation might fail would be the account holder name does not match the business name on the application, the business name changed since opening the account, using a personal account for business, account being in someone else’s name such as a spouse or friend, reusing a bank account for multiple businesses that do not match the business name on the application.
- If you do not have a bank account that satisfies the criteria above, there is a greater chance that SBA will not be able to approve your Target EIDL Advance.
All applicants may be asked to provide an IRS Form 4506-T to allow SBA to request tax return information on the applicant’s behalf.
Please do not submit duplicate COVID-19 EIDL applications. Only prior applicants will be considered for the Targeted EIDL Advance. SBA will reach out to you if you qualify!
Important to note: The American Rescue Plan Act added $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including NEW $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit
Shuttered Venue Operator Grants:
SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Still Has Funds Available!
According to this new SBA report, as of July 6 the SBA received 14,884 SVOG applications nationwide totaling $11.7 billion. As of July 6, there are 122 Washington venues which have received an SVOG grant totaling $83 million. Three Jefferson County businesses have received just over $600K in total BUT NO Clallam County Businesses have been awarded any funding yet. We expect this performance to grow as SBA works through the applications, and their goal is to review all applications by mid-July. There are still SVOG funds available! The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is only available until the funding has been exhausted. Go to https://www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/ to apply. This grant is for brick and mortar businesses only whose primary income is generated through events.
In order to apply for the SVOG you will need to register with the Federal Government under the System for Management (SAM#). Register for the number HERE
You will also need a DUN and Breadstreet (DUNS#) which you can get HERE
How much can I receive in this grant?
The amount of grant appears to be either:
–45% of your 2019 revenue or
–85% of 2019 operating expenses.
It is possible for some Venues to receive more than one round of funding. The second round would be half the amount of what was received in the first round.
How Can the Money be used?
Grant funds can be used for expenses such as payroll costs, rent, utilities and personal protective equipment.
I am a Small Venue Operation – will there be money available for me?
$2 billion of the $15 billion is set aside for businesses with 50 full-time employees or fewer, but this set-aside expires after 60 days after the grant program opens.
Grant funding will go to the hardest hit first:
In the initial 14-day period, grants will be awarded to businesses whose revenue decreased by 90% or more. In the next 14-day period, grants will go to businesses whose revenue decreased by 70% or more. After these two periods, grants shall be awarded to all other businesses.
Important to note:
- In order to be eligible for the Shuttered Venue Grant your business must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
- The application portal is not yet open.
- If you think you may be eligible and would like to be added to our notification email list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You are not prohibited from applying for an SVOG if:
- You already have a Covid EIDL loan or plan to apply for one
- You received a PPP loan before December 27, 2020
- The following slides came from this recorded webinar.
Slideshow about PPP, EIDL, and PPP Forgiveness from Steve Burke, subject matter expert for WA State SBDC
City of Port Angeles Utility Grant for Businesses:
Approved businesses will receive a credit of $200.00 toward their monthly utility bill.
Can you say yes to the following?
–Business temporarily closed or services reduced by Government order
–Employee layoffs (temporary or permanent)
–Revenue collection of 75% or less from one-year previous
—Business is located in the Port Angeles City limits.
Click Here to apply.
Rural Business-Cooperative Services
Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program
Effective May 22, 2020, USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
In addition to expanding eligibility to certain agricultural producers, the changes allow USDA to:
- Provide 90 percent guarantees on B&I CARES Act Program loans;
- Set the application and guarantee fee at two percent of the loan;
- Accept appraisals completed within two years of the loan application date;
- Not require discounting of collateral for working capital loans, and Extend the maximum term for working capital loans to 10 years.
B&I CARES Act Program loans must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The loans may be used only to support rural businesses, including agricultural producers, that were in operation on Feb. 15, 2020.
USDA intends to consider applications in the order they are received. However, the Department may assign priority points to projects if the demand for funds exceeds availability.
USDA announced the expanded B&I authorities in a notice published on page 31139 of the May 22 Federal Register. The Department will begin accepting applications for B&I loan guarantees on May 22, 2020. Applications will be received continuously through midnight Eastern Daylight Time on September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended. Program funding expires Sept. 30, 2021.Additional Guaranteed Programs
Grants for Non-Profits & Governments:
Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG)
RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training,
and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or
opportunity type grant activities.
How much funding is available?
There is no maximum grant amount for enterprise or opportunity type grants; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. Generally, grants range from $10,000 up to $500,000. There is no cost sharing requirement.
How may funds be used?
Enterprise type grant funds must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas as specified in the grant application.
Uses may include:
• Training and technical assistance, such as project planning, business counseling/training, market research, feasibility studies, professional/technical reports, or product/service improvements
• Acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation, of buildings, plants, machinery, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utilities.
Opportunity type grant funding must be used for projects and can be used for:
• Community economic development
• Technology-based economic development
• Feasibility studies and business plans
• Leadership and entrepreneur training
• Rural business incubators
• Long-term business strategic planning.
Check out the Fact Sheet Here
or more information contact Phil Eggman
Release Date Aug 03, 2020
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- Restaurant Revitalization Fund(Closed 5/24/21)
- Rural Business Cooperative: Value added producer grant ( Closed May 4, 2021)
- Working Washington 4 Grant: (Closed)
- Phase 1 & 2 of Provider Relief Fund Grant (Closed)
- Kitsap Bank’s Edg3 Fund 2020 (Closed)
- Lifeboat1 Grant Awards (Closed)
- Working Washington 1 Grant (Closed)
- CDBG Micro-Enterprise Grant (Closed)
- Working Washington 2 Grant (Closed)
- Lifeboat 2 Grant (Closed)
- NDC Small Business Resiliency Grant (Closed)
- Fall Childcare Covid-19 Grant (Closed)
- Childcare grants for non- profits and tribal governments (Closed)
- ArtsWA Grant (Closed)
- Phase 3 Provider Relief (Closed)
- Resiliency Grant (Closed)
- Forks City Grant (Closed)
- Round 3 Working Washington Grant (Closed)+
- Sound Publishing Grant: (Closed 1/24/21)
- Rural Relief Small Business Grants – up to $20K funded by Lowes ( Closed 2/2/21)
- $10,000 Tourism Grants from the Port of Seattle (Close 2/5/21)