Small businesses will get another opportunity to apply for a King County Small Business Assistance Grant starting on Friday, Aug. 21. Businesses will have two weeks to apply. These grants are for businesses that have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and are located in unincorporated parts of King County (outside of cities). The updated requirements mean more businesses are potentially eligible for grant money than during the first round.
Unincorporated King County’s popular Community Service Area Town Halls are going virtual this year.
As with just about everything in 2020, we had to think creatively about how to deliver these popular, usually in-person events while COVID-19 limits public gatherings. Last summer, hundreds of residents turned out to hear directly from King County leaders and officials, explore government services, and more at these events in their communities.
Business owners in unincorporated King County can call or sign up online to receive business assistance coaching. This service is provided under the $4 million Small Business Assistance Program, approved by the King County Council in May, to help businesses in the unincorporated areas recover from the impacts of COVID-19-related closures.
King County announced 45 volunteer-led community events and projects that will be expanded in unincorporated communities with grants of up to $5,000 each.
The community groups successfully competed for a total of $92,500 in grants, which range between $500 and $4,750 each. Community organizations are required to match at least one quarter of the total project costs. The projects must be accessible to all residents, regardless of race, income, or language spoken.
Grants were awarded to community organizations throughout King County’s Community Service Areas. This year’s successful applications include:
Snoqualmie Valley Community Network—support for a youth leadership summit.
Skyway Solutions—support for a community festival.
Federal Way Senior Center—funds to buy 100 chairs for use at the center.
One of our goals at King County Local Services is to help our unincorporated communities thrive. This week, we took a big step in that direction as Hugo Garcia, our first Economic Development Program Manager, joined our team.