Clallam County's response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Clallam County's response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
The Clallam County Economic Development Council partnered with Clallam County to administer a small business relief grant program made possible by federal CARES Act funding. Grants up to $10,000 awarded this month.
When the Clallam County EDC receives final legal review of the Community Development Block Grant Micro-enterprise program, we will publish and accept applications through a link here. That grant will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify your household income based on your 2019 tax returns must be below the following thresholds shown above. Stay tuned for more information.
If you are not awarded a Lifeboat Grant this could be another option for you. The Center of Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) will be assisting small business owners to apply for this grant
Olympic Peninsula Farmers Fund
If you know a farmer in Clallam or Jefferson County that has lost revenues due to Covid-19 please let them know that the Olympic Peninsula Farmers Fund is accepting applications starting today with a deadline of 5:00 pm on May 26th. We currently have about $42,000 in funds available for this program but are hoping to get to our goal of $50,000 by the time the application period closes.
Here’s information about the program:
In response to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on Olympic Peninsula farmers, North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NODC), WSU Extension Small Farms Program, North Olympic Land Trust and Jefferson Land Trust have created the Olympic Peninsula Farmers Fund (OPFF). Administered by NODC, the Farmers Fund will provide pre-paid, long term contracts of $1,500 to $5,000 for farmers to provide food for Food banks and feeding programs this season and over the next 3-5 years. Farmers will receive the money up front and can use it to pay farm expenses such as land leases, payroll, purchases of seed and animal feed, or even equipment or web site design services to help them adapt to new market circumstances. Food banks will gain a stable source of additional fresh, local food to help families with limited food access.
Eligibility criteria include:
1. Must be an existing farm in Jefferson and Clallam County that has been in business for at least two calendar years.
2. Must have had gross farm revenues of at least $7,500 in 2019 as verified by IRS Schedule F.
3. Must have lost farm revenue from Covid-19 or anticipate losses later in the season.
4. Must be producing a product that area food banks want and can legally distribute.
5. Funds must be used for farm expenses such as land lease, animal feed, seed or plant purchases, payroll, or costs to pivot to new marketing channels.
6. Contracts can be for a maximum of 20% of 2019 gross farm revenues. Most contracts will be for $1,500 - $5,000. A few larger contracts may be issued if funding allows.
Funding is limited and application does not guarantee funding. Decisions will be made by a review committee with representatives from NODC, Jefferson Land Trust, North Olympic Land Trust, WSU Extension and Craft3.
Sequim Small Business Relief Fund (SSBRF)
In response to the economic impact of the Covid-19 virus, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce has established the Sequim Small Business Relief Fund (SSBRF) to facilitate direct grants to impacted local businesses.
We are currently seeking DONORS toward this fund as well as GRANT APPLICANTS to benefit.
For full details on this Relief Fund, and to apply,
City of Sequim to fund $250,000 COVID-19 Small Business Rapid Relief Program. View the press release in downloads below.
FedEx #SupportSmall Grant
Fed EX is giving away $1 million to help small businesses stay in business.
Must be a U.S.-based for-profit small business in operation and selling for more than 1 year, with less than 50 employees; have less than $5 million in annual sales revenue in 2019; and have shipped in the last 12 months and/or plan to ship in the coming 12 months as part of your business. Non-profits, franchised businesses, direct-seller/reseller businesses, independent consultants and previous winners in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest are not eligible to apply for this grant.
If you’re a small business impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S., consider applying for a #SupportSmall Grant starting May 25. 200 selected recipients will get a cash grant of $5,000 plus a $500 FedEx Office credit.
Building for the Arts Grant
The Department of Commerce today announces the opening of applications for Building for the Arts (BFA) Grant for the 2021-2023 session. These grants fund as much as 33% of eligible capital costs up to $2 million for performing arts, art museum, and cultural organizations. The program makes awards for acquisition, construction, and/or major renovation of facilities.
All applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants. Applications are due to Commerce at 5 PM on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
Please use this link to go to the ZoomGrants website. If you have a ZoomGrants account, log in and follow the instructions. If you are a new user, complete the required information for a new ZoomGrants account to create a profile. Please do not use “The” as the first word in the agency name. Once you have created an agency profile, select the BFA Grant, click the “Apply” button and start your proposal. Answers are automatically saved after each response.
A free BFA Application Workshop is also available on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 1- 3 PM to meet with staff and help answer any and all of your questions. This option will be conducted via Skype. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call our main line at 360-725-3075.
Olympic Community Action
Area Served: Jefferson and Clallam County
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds are intended to address the very specific and unique needs of households across Clallam and Jefferson Counties, experienced suddenly as a result of the current COVID-19 public health crisis and its economic impacts. Currently the Covid 19 Relief Fund has provided Olympic Community Action Programs with almost $150,000 in grants to help people across the North Olympic Peninsula who are in financial hardship because of COVID-19 precautions.
Emergent Fund: People's Bailout
Area served: United States
Emergent Fund is focused on getting resources to the organizations and communities most in need of support during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The most effective way to do that is by supporting grassroots organizing. The People’s Bailout Fund will move money quickly to the organizations, collectives, and mutual aid project across the country - the ones that need bailing out the most. Emergent Fund is committed to acting swiftly and responsively with deep trust in Indigenous, Black, and people of color organizers and those closest to the harm.
Schott Foundation for Public Education: Loving Communities Response Fund
Area served: United States
The Loving Communities Response Fund will support community-led, grassroots organizations who serve youth and families directly impacted by school closings, lost wages, food insecurity, and are facing homelessness due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funds will also support Schott partners in increasing their organizational capacities to work remotely and to continue their important advocacy efforts online.
Social Justice Fund Northwest: COVID-19 Crisis Fund
Area served: Idaho; Montana; Oregon; Washington; Wyoming
In response to coronavirus/COVID-19, Social Justice Fund has launched an emergency fund to support Social Justice Fund grantees working to respond to the crisis. Grants are $3,000 and can support a variety of strategies to meet community needs and support mutual aid.
We understand that low-income families and individuals, service workers, business owners, API and BIPOC communities are disproportionately impacted by the crisis. Community organizing is essential at this moment to counter racism and xenophobia, as well as to provide care, share resources, and ensure the most vulnerable populations can stay safe.
Application Deadline: none
The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists in Washington State whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.
Date Added: March 27, 2020
SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Program -
SBA is accepting new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. For more information check here.
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant - June 12, 2020 Update
The EDCs of the North Olympic Peninsula, Clallam County EDC and EDC Team Jefferson, are working with 127 local small businesses to receive Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants. The Washington State Department of Commerce funded and administered the Governor’s strategic reserve funds for the relief program.
Each EDC serves as their county’s designated Associate Development Organization (ADO) and will deploy the funding allocated to their counties by the Department of Commerce. The 48 businesses in Clallam County businesses will receive $177,193 and the 85 businesses in Jefferson County will receive $154,550 in total. The 127 businesses that were selected all had fewer than 10 full time employees and can use the funds to offset some costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The WWSBEG program total for the state was $10 million.
“Each of these businesses have faced unique challenges over the last three months,” said Brian Kuh, EDC Team Jefferson Executive Director. “We’re pleased to help distribute these critical funds to small businesses to safely reopen and thank Commerce for the relief.”
“Small businesses are job generators, product and service providers and they provide the unique character of our downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “While we know there is much more to do, these Working Washington grants are designed to support them during this challenging time on the road to recovery.”
Colleen McAleer, the Clallam County EDC Executive Director said “We would like to thank the Governor and Department of Commerce for working closely with the EDCs to fund these small businesses. As our region works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, getting financial support for our small businesses is critical to economic recovery.”
The two EDCs received 881 applications from Clallam and Jefferson County businesses. Each EDC then formed committees whose members were selected by their local cities and chambers. Those committees screened the applications before forwarding applications to Commerce for final award decisioning. The EDCs will manage the grant contracts with each awarded business. The contract period for the grant runs for one year with job retention reporting required by the grant recipients at the end of the period.
The selected pool of grantees includes 29 retail establishments, 24 restaurants, 18 construction-related companies, 12 hospitality establishments, 7 healthcare businesses, 5 educational companies, 5 manufacturing companies, 1 bowling alley, 2 landscaping companies, and 4 agriculture business. The selected pool of grantees also includes 73 women-owned businesses, 18 minority-owned businesses, and 11 veteran-owned business. The grantees are located in 11 different cities and communities across Clallam and Jefferson County.
These WWSBEG recipients employ a total of 582 individuals and it is estimated that this grant will prevent the loss of 487 jobs. In approving this WWSBEG, Washington State and Clallam and Jefferson Counties will be able to support the potential preservation of these businesses and the economic security of both the company’s employees and local community.
Clallam County EDC and EDC Team Jefferson continue to advocate for additional relief dollars for small businesses from various levels of government. “While we celebrate the 127 small businesses that received much-needed support, the remaining 754 small businesses that applied are left without.
"The need remains high for small businesses,” said McAleer.
Both EDCs are now beginning the process of executing contracts with each of the 127 grant recipients. Once all grant contracts are executed statewide, the Department of Commerce will release the list of all businesses that will receive funding.
About Clallam County EDC and EDC Team Jefferson
Clallam County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) and EDC Team Jefferson (EDCTJ) are the Olympic Peninsula’s designated county development organizations. CCEDC and EDCTJ create the places where organizations come together to advocate for the region, drive strategic economic growth, and champion a talented workforce. The organizations are funded through a combination of private and public investment.
For more information contact:
Colleen McAleer Brian Kuh
Executive Director Executive Director
Clallam County EDC EDC Team Jefferson
LISC Small Business Relief Grant - Round 2
Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic stability. Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon and a $1 million grant from Sam's Club, LISC will provide the emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat. We will deploy grants up to $10,000 to help small businesses bridge the financial gap, and deliver technical assistance to help them navigate the intricate web of public and private resources now available. LISC will focus these efforts on historically underserved communities—especially those enterprises owned or led by women, minorities and veterans, which often lack access to affordable capital.
What can grants be used for?
· Paying rent and utilities
· Meeting payroll
· Paying outstanding debt to vendors
· Upgrading technology infrastructure
· Other immediate operational costs
When is the application deadline?
Because of the urgency of the crisis, applications are due closing Tuesday, April 28th at 8:59pm (PST).
Please read the grant Information and FAQ before applying.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Deadline has expired Find out more Here
WSU has created a page on our Extension Regional Small Farms Program website that is devoted to keeping an up-to-date list of specific resources for farmers- federal, state, local and private sources.
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