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Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) Statewide and Urban Grants

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Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA)

Conf. Date:

01/05/22

Deadline Date:

01/18/22 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations to assist businesses that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to help small businesses in the wake of the pandemic and assist them in stabilizing their enterprises, preparing for economic recovery, and ensuring they are ready to grow once the economy gets moving again. The program offers two grant opportunities: Statewide Grants and Urban Grants.

The goal of the grant is to strengthen Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs), Community DevelopmentFinancial Institutions (CDFIs), Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-serving organizations, and others that provide business training, technical assistance, and/or microloans to businesses with five or fewer employees in urban and rural parts of Washington State.

Grant Categories:

  1. Statewide Grants: Nonprofit Microenterprise Development Organizations and
    Others Throughout Washington
  2. Urban projects are defined as those serving businesses in incorporated
    communities within/immediately adjacent to the metropolitan core of the
    following urban counties or in these urban counties and having a population of
    more than 20,000 people: King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clark, Whatcom, Spokane,
    Benton, Thurston, and Kitsap. 

WSMA encourages applications that support microbusinesses in vital sectors for the economic recovery including, but not limited to home building, childcare, energy, tourism, construction, creative economy, sustainability, clean materials, and small scale manufacturing, etc. Research-based tools, strategies, initiatives, etc. that respond to gaps or opportunities in the recovering economy involving business training, technical assistance, and/or financing services are welcomed.

Grants may be used to pay expenses, including but not limited to rent, mortgage and utilities, technical assistance, and efforts to help prevent the permanent closure of businesses. For additional information about eligible uses of funds, see https://assets.website-files.com/5d11218deb63b8d340d88012/61c236dbca2f76a4fa79ffa7_2021-2022%20WSMA%20Grant%20Opportunities%20-%20Program%20Guidelines%20122121.pdf#page=4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200590

Estimated Size of Grant:

Application requests will be between $5,000 and $60,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by June 16, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs), Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-serving organizations, and others that provide businesses with technical assistance, training, and/or microloans to businesses with 5 or fewer employees in urban and rural parts of Washington State.

For definitions of eligible entities, see: https://assets.website-files.com/5d11218deb63b8d340d88012/61c236dbca2f76a4fa79ffa7_2021-2022%20WSMA%20Grant%20Opportunities%20-%20Program%20Guidelines%20122121.pdf#page=2

WSMA is committed to ensuring that equal opportunity is provided to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), veterans, woman-owned enterprises, entrepreneurs with disabilities, justice-involved entrepreneurs, and others historically shut out from funding, training programs, financing, and other opportunities. Grantees will be required to describe how their current and intended programs ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in their leadership, staffing, delivery of services, and their sensitivity to the issues of race and gender.

Funds may NOT be used for equipment (tangible property including but not limited to copiers, vehicles, furniture, and technology infrastructure).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Sessions:

Information Session #1: December 29, 2021 from 3-4pm, Register HERE: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqf-mqrDsoEt2Qr5DpXf9tD4lqiSfNfN7o

Information Session #2: January 5, 2022 from 11am-12pm, Register HERE: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rd-yrpz4qGtxGSwT6Z7Gth5c9P3rkaDAI

2021-2022 WSMA Grant Opportunities FAQs will be uploaded after each Information Session.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Applicants are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions on or before February 28, 2022.

‍All proposals must provide a cash match equal to 25% of the total project costs. As an example: If your total project costs $10,000 you will only be able to apply for 75% ($7,500) of the costs from WSMA and match with your own funding the additional 25% ($2,500).

Video: How To Upload Your Funding Request Form in the Grant Portal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEUxn1IGPOQ

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://wamicrobiz.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp?lang=1&prole=0

For eligibility and project assistance contact isa@wamicrobiz.org

For portal assistance contact cherie@wamicrobiz.org

WSMA
P.O. Box 1914
Olympia WA 98507
(360) 480-8048l

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