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Working Washington Grants: Border Business Relief Program (WWBBR)

Grants to Washington Small Businesses and
Nonprofits for COVID-19 Recovery in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Washington State Department of Commerce

Deadline Date:

10/18/21 5:00 PM PT

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Washington small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations for Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts in eligible regions. Funding is intended to assist businesses that depend on cross-border revenue and are affected by current border restrictions. Eligible businesses are located in Clallam, Jefferson, Skagit, San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties.

These targeted grants are aimed at providing support to customer-facing businesses that generate significant revenue from Canadian visitors or businesses that require access to the US-Canadian border crossings. These grants intend to help mitigate the added hardship experienced by businesses due to the continued U.S.-Canadian border restrictions.

The Department of Commerce’s Working Washington Grants Border Business Relief Program provides funds to help small businesses that have struggled due to COVID-19. The program’s focus is to offer targeted relief in the form of grants to small businesses and eligible non-profits that continue to be adversely impacted by the extended US-Canadian border closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

If all responses for the particular incurred cost are “true” for all five statements below, then the applicant can feel confident the cost is eligible:

  • The expense is connected to the COVID-19 emergency.
  • The expense is “necessary” to continue business operations.
  • The expense is not to be used to pay government-related fees (i.e. taxes, licenses, state, county, federal, and/or city fees).
  • The business will self–attest that the expense is not funded by any other funder, whether private, state or federal.
  • The business wouldn’t be requesting assistance with expenses if they had not been impacted by COVID-19.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198794

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants to eligible businesses will be up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Successful grantees must use the funding for costs incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, as required by HB 1368 (see Supporting Documents, below).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program’s focus is to offer targeted relief in the form of grants to small businesses and eligible non-profits.

These targeted grants are aimed at providing support to customer-facing businesses that generate significant revenue from Canadian visitors or businesses that require access to the US-Canadian border crossings or ports.

Eligibility requirements include:
- Active business (identified by UBI number or EIN number) physically located in one of the following counties in Washington state: Clallam, Jefferson, Skagit, San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille.
- Reported annual gross receipts or revenue of $5,000,000 USD or less to the Washington State Department of Revenue for calendar year 2019.
- Documented reduction in business income or activity related to COVID-19 or as a result of state or local COVID-related public health measures.
- Adherence to all mandated COVID-19 public health measures.

Eligible applications will be reviewed based on the following priority criteria:
- Customer-facing businesses that require direct, in-person interaction with individuals for a significant portion of their business activity. Examples include a retail shop or nail salon.
- Businesses located within a 20-mile radius of a Canadian border crossing or port in Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens or Pend Oreille counties. *Any business located in Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens or Pend Oreille counties will be considered for this round of Working Washington grants if they meet the requirements for eligibility.
- Industry sectors most impacted by the closure, which includes but is not limited to, retail, tourism, hospitality, recreation and entertainment.
- Size of the business (measured by 2019 revenue).
- Lost revenue between 2019 and 2020 and/or added expenses to maintain safe operations.
- Businesses operating in a rural or low-income community and/or owned by someone from a historically underserved or disadvantaged population (minority, veteran, LGBTQ+ or women-owned).

Businesses located outside of the 20-mile radius of a Canadian border crossing or port still qualify as long as the business meets the minimum eligibility requirements noted above and is located in Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens or Pend Oreille counties.

Religious organizations do not qualify for this grant program. However, if a religious organization owns and operates a business or non-profit that has a primary function (source of revenue) within an eligible sector for this program, they may apply. Examples include overnight camps, music venues or a restaurant.

Marijuana-licensed businesses in the state of Washington are not eligible for this federally funded grant program. However, CBD retailers do qualify as they are not the same as marijuana/cannabis businesses.

This grant program does not extend to any drivers of a shared-ride company or host/operator of a vacation or short-term rental unit like Airbnb or VRBO.

For a list of ineligible applicants, see http://commercegrants.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FINAL-WWBBR-Grant-Program-Overview.pdf#page=2

For a list of ineligible expenses, see: http://commercegrants.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FINAL-WWBBR-Grant-Program-Overview.pdf#page=3

Any expenses outside of the March 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021 timeframe would not be considered reimbursable.

Pre-Application Information:

The portal will be open for 15 days. It will open the morning of October 4, 2021 and close on October 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM PT.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible.

Successful awardees will be notified via email by mid-November.

Every eligible small business and non-profit should have a UBI number. If you are a tribal-member owned business, you may provide alternative business validation such as a license or registration with a federally recognized tribal nation instead of a UBI number.

Only one grant is allowed per Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number. If a business owner has multiple businesses with unique UBI numbers for each, they may qualify for more than one grant.

All application answers must be provided in English.

This is a reimbursement grant.

Eligibility and FAQs: https://commercegrants.com/working-washington-grants-border-business-relief/bbr-faqs/

Additional Information: https://commercegrants.com/working-washington-grants-border-business-relief/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://washingtoncommerce.submittable.com/signup?returnUrl=%2fsubmit%2f677c193f-ec8e-4d5f-ac53-ffed9ad923f9%2fworking-washington-grants-border-business-relief-program-wwbbr

Technical Support: You can access the Support Center by calling (855) 602-2722 or emailing commercegrants@submittable.com.

UBI Information: https://secure.dor.wa.gov/gteunauth/_/

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Clallam, Jefferson, Skagit, San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties

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