Financial Assistance

Working WA. Grants Round: 5 (WWR:5)

Legislature set aside $70 million for the WWR5 – the program gives pandemic relief funding to small businesses and non-profits.

  • 60% is identified for the arts, heritage, and science sectors, including those that operate live entertainment venues
  • 40% is identified for most other sectors like hospitality, fitness, and personal services

Applications open on August 17th and the deadline to submit applications is September 9th at 5 pm

You can only apply for one business or organization. If you have more than one, apply for your largest or most impacted business or organization.

You will need a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number for grants using federal funds. If you do not have one yet you can apply for one by clicking on the link: https://sam.gov/content/duns-uei

To apply and for more information visit: https://commercegrants.com/

Eligibility:

  • Are an active for-profit or non-profit business or organization
  • Have a UBI or EIN number
  • Are physically located in Washington State
  • Can show financial hardship because of the pandemic
  • Have been in operation prior to January 1, 2021
  • Did not report more than $5,000,000 in income in 2019
  • Had revenue of at least $10,000 in 2019 or 2020
  • Generate at least 51% of your revenue in Washington State
  • Have necessary business costs/expenses that are not government fees or taxes. These same costs/expenses cannot be paid for by another private business or government program
  • Have not permanently closed, or do not intend to permanently close in 2022
  • Follow all COVID-19 health requirements

Small Business FLEX Fund

The Small Business FLEX Fund is supported by the Washington State Department of Commerce. Small businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $150,000 and the money can be spent flexibly, including on payroll, utilities & rent, supplies, marketing & advertising, building improvements or repairs, and other business expenses.

Eligibility:

  • Fewer than 50 employees
  • Annual revenues of less than $3 million
  • Experienced direct economic hardship due to COVID-19
  • Have been in business for one full year prior to June 30th, 2021

visit smallbusinessflexfund.org to learn more and apply.

Previous Financial Assistance Programs

YCDA administered over $12 million in COVID-19 financial assistance to more than 1,400 small businesses in Yakima County.

Grant Program
Businesses Assisted
Total Assistance
City of Grandview CARES Grant
88
$413,674
City of Sunnyside CARES Grant
52
$241,270
City of Toppenish CARES Grant
36
$270,000
City of Union Gap CARES Grant
35
$171,762
City of Yakima CARES Grant
168
$1,179,632
City of Zillah CARES Grant
15
$60,000
Commerce Direct Grant
203
$970,800
Working Washington Grant
62
$433,562
Yakima County CARES Grant Round 1
677
$3,151,212
Yakima County CARES Grant Round 2
647
$3,951,964
City of Yakima Non-Profit CARES Grant
47
$773,357
City of Yakima CDBG
85
$476,599
Yakima County CDBG
22
$95,899

Eligible Expense Certification Form

Did you receive a grant from one or more of the following programs? If so, learn how to use the Eligible Expense Certification Form to keep documentation of how your business used the CARES Act financial assistance. Video and form are available here:

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