Lifeboat 3 Grant

LifeBoat 3

Clallam County government received American Rescue Plan funds from the Federal Government. The Board of County Commissioners allocated $3 Million to businesses and nonprofits in Clallam County to support those most impacted by the pandemic and those that had not received funding from state or other local programs.

The funds are being administered by the Clallam County Economic Development Council.

Recipients will be chosen by a Grant Selection Committee comprised of nine members appointed by the three cities, chambers, United Way and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship. Grants applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Most awards will range from $5-$20,000, however in some circumstances awards will be greater if proof of impact and unique circumstances are identified.

Grant funds will be treated as income for IRS tax purposes.

Step 1: Verify Your Eligibility:

1. Be a Washington licensed business or non-profit organization active in the state of Washington, physically located in Clallam County and doing business in Clallam County;

2. Have an active business license and UBI in Washington State;

3. Have a physical business or non-profit address in Clallam County;

4. Have been in operation since December 2020 or earlier;

5. Have not been debarred by the Federal Government;

6. Not have any delinquent L&I tax debts, or any license violations at the time of award of Lifeboat3 funding;

7. Receipt of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds, EIDL Loan grants or funds, or CARES funding does not disqualify applicants, however applicants must include this information to ensure we do not reimburse a business for funds that the federal government already provided funds to support, so as to avoid duplication of reimbursement of eligible expenses;

8. Must certify that they have been negatively impacted by the COVID-related emergency public health protections that were or are in place and/or been subject to mandatory full or partial business closure any time after March 1, 2020, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and/or the Governor’s-related executive orders;

9. Must certify that grant funds received will only be used for eligible operating expenses connected to the COVID-19 emergency and not be spent on an expense that has been funded by any other funder (whether private, Local, State or Federal);

Step 3: Wait

Disbursement of funds to Clallam County EDC by the County will be made following receipt and approval of grant award requests submitted by EDC detailing the small business and nonprofit economic support grants to be disbursed by EDC based on eligible applications received, reviewed and certified by the EDC as meeting the eligibility requirements outlined in the agreement.

If you need assistance with the application process please email:

Lorie Fazio



Peggy Simmons


Background Information on LIFEBOAT 3 Grants:

Clallam County is striving to deliver funding resources to small business and nonprofit segments within Clallam County which were significantly negatively impacted during the COVID-19 public health emergency and/or which received little to no funding from federal CARES or state aid made available during the pandemic. Segments of the small business and non-profit community that were adversely impacted by COVID but who received inadequate or no COVID aid last year included:

1. Small businesses who previously applied and qualified for Working Washington or prior CAREs-funded Lifeboat grants that did not receive funding;

2. Nonprofits (and potentially small businesses) who provide child care services;

3. Small businesses who qualified for 2nd PPP rounds of funding due to incurring a 25% reduction in revenues but did not receive a 2nd PPP loan;

4. Startup small businesses who commenced operations in 2019 or 2020 in Clallam County or changed their business type in 2019 or 2020 (e.g. sole prop to LLC);

5. Fishing guides that did not qualify for any state or federal assistance programs during the pandemic;

6. Event Planners & Festival Operators that did not qualify SVOG or other state assistance programs;

7. Restaurants; and

8. Ship to Shore Businesses that transported crews testing positive for COVID-19 for transport to the hospital, that incurred significant unreimbursed COVID mitigation related costs;

The BOCC approved the granting of $3,000,000 of ARPA-funded small business and nonprofit economic assistance, with $500,000 directed specifically to small businesses and non-profits that provide child care services to be administered by Clallam County EDC.


Grant award payments will be made by Clallam EDC upon submission of a reimbursement request submitted to the County for approval of all proposed grant awards based on applications reviewed and scored by the Clallam County Lifeboat 3 Selection Committee, a nine member group representing the following groups:

o City of Port Angeles

o City of Sequim

o City of Forks

o Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce

o Sequim Dungeness Chamber of Commerce

o Forks Chamber of Commerce

o United Way

o Center For Inclusive Entrepreneurship

o Johanna Bartee (representing all Child Care Providers in Clallam County).


Grant awards will range from $5,000 up to a maximum of $20,000.

However, the Agreement allows the EDC to seek approval from the County for awards greater than $20,000 if it believes an award in excess of $20,000 is warranted based on the demonstrated severity of the negative economic impact sustained by the applicant due to the COVID public health emergency, the importance of the applicant’s business/organization to the local economy of the County, the significance of mitigation actions taken by the applicant during the COVID pandemic for which no prior reimbursement funding was provided, and other relevant factors. Such a request would have to be accompanied by sufficient additional justification and documentation to be provided by the CCEDC to the County that supports the higher requested grant amount to be awarded.