Examine Federal, State, local and private sector resources that may benefit businesses financially.
Visit this site to stay informed of what the city is doing to ensure continuity of services, learn of any changes or delays to services, and to read updates from the Mayor’s office.
The City of Tacoma has allocated $1.2 million to assist eligible households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with rent payment. The Rental Assistance Program provides a one-time payment of up to $1,000 directly to landlords of selected individuals or families who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Households located in the City of Tacoma
- Households who have experienced loss of employment or reduction in wages due to COVID-19.
- Households at or below 50% Area Median Income for Pierce County
To submit an application, visit the city’s Coronavirus Updates page.
Some funds have been set aside for direct referrals by community agencies that are helping to address inequities faced by people of color in our community. If you are a service provider that would like to make a direct referral, please contact LASA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Tacoma Business Center PPE Grants and one-on one Technical Assistance to assist your business with the Covid-19 business recovery efforts.
To request PPE and or technical assistance for your business continuity and or business assessment; please apply here https://mbda-tacoma.com/mbda-tacoma-launches-cares-act-program/ or contact
CARES Act Project Manager
MBDA-Tacoma Business Center
T: (253) 344-6632
Puget Sound Energy is taking measurable actions to help our customers and communities during this coronavirus situation.
- Guidance on Federal Disaster Loans for Small Businesses and Private Nonprofits
- Financial Assistance
- Government Regulation Assistance
- HR & Employee Assistance
- Legal Assistance
- Communications Assistance
Applications open for new round of state Working Washington business grants
Applications still open, priority awards give to those who applied by December 11
Small businesses struggling to survive the impact of COVID-19 can apply now for up to $20,000 in a new round of $50 million in state Working Washington grants. Priority is focused on businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 and those most impacted by the recent public health measures, as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. Examples include full-service restaurants, fitness centers, bowling alleys and music and event venues.
Information and applications for this third round of Working Washington Business Grants are available through an online portal on the Washington State Department of Commerce website at www.commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants. Commerce encourages businesses to apply by Dec. 11.
This grant is part of additional financial support funds for families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic announced by the Governor recently. The total new economic support amounts to $135 million. Included in that total is:
- $70 million in business support grants.
- $30 million for the recovery loan program.
- $20 million for rental assistance.
- $15 million for energy bills for low-income households.
Included in the $70 million in business support grants is $50 million for a new round of Working Washington grants focused on the hardest-hit industries. Remaining funds will go toward historically disadvantaged businesses who applied for earlier business grants and bolstering Commerce’s business resiliency network.
Find more information on available business assistance here.
Gov. Islee extends relief from penalties, fees, interest and due dates
Gov. Inslee has extended the time that businesses impacted by COVID-19 can request relief from state penalties, fees, interest and other due dates until Jan. 19. For more information, visit the Department of Revenue website.
COVID-19 Resources and Information for Housing Providers and Renters.
Washington State Department of Commerce Economic Resiliency Team (ERT) Business Response Center
The team is currently able to answer questions as quickly as they are received. If you’re a business owner or operator with a question, Ask Your Question Here.
Startup Washington Small Business Resiliency Assistance
Technical assistance for small business owners from culturally and historically disadvantaged communities.
Technical assistance can include:
- Finding and help applying for assistance to help your business right now, whether you are open or closed
- Translation assistance
- Navigating local, state and federal resources
- Business coaching
Impact Washington is providing no-cost guidance to manufacturers to
- review existing procedures
- conduct an assessment, and
- advise on how to implement controls to protect workers.
Manufacturers may request assistance by calling (425) 438-1146 or e-mailing email@example.com. The information provided in the files below may be useful to other businesses in addition to manufacturers.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the (CARES) Act. For your convenience, we have linked the programs below with a short summary of their details, plus any documentation created for further clarification.
This FAQ sheet from the Association of Washington Business may help you decide which program is best for your business.
U.S. Small Business Administration still accepting applications for COVID-19 EIDL funds
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020.
To date, the SBA has approved $197 billion in low-interest loans which provides working capital funds to small businesses, non-profits and agricultural businesses make it through this challenging time.
“Following the President’s declaration of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the SBA has approved over 3.6 million loans through our Economic Injury Disaster Loan program nationwide,” Administrator Jovita Carranza said. “The EIDL program has assisted millions of small businesses, including non-profit organizations, sole proprietors and independent contractors, from a wide array of industries and business sectors, to survive this very difficult economic environment.”
EIDL loan applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, pending the availability of funds. Loans are offered at very affordable terms, with a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% interest rate for nonprofit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. Every eligible small business and nonprofit are encouraged to apply to get the resources they need.
WASHINGTON — July 15th is the IRS tax filing extension date. Businesses who have retained jobs may claim an exemption. The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
This program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.
- Up to $25,000
- Fast turnaround
- Will be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan
Find an Express Bridge Loan Lender by connecting with your local SBA District Office.
SBA Debt Relief
The SBA Debt Relief program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. Under this program:
- The SBA will also pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
- The SBA will pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months.
The loans eligible for this relief include those guaranteed by the SBA, such as the SBA Business Loan Program (including the Community Advantage Pilot Program, but excluding PPP Loans) or Title V of the Small Business Investment Act. Loans made by an intermediary to a small business using loans or grants received under the SBA’s Microloan Program are also eligible.
Additional SBA Financing, Exporting and Advising Resources
- SBA Loan Guarantee Program for working capital, microloans, express loans and lines of credit
- Counseling services through the SBA Resource Partner Network to help in creating preparedness plans.
- SBA COVID-19 resources here
Visit this site for guidance on the CARES Act specific to charitable nonprofit organizations. Resources include a CARES Act Loan Options matrix and webinar titled: Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is announcing relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions located throughout the United States that may have been affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). EXIM is offering the relief measures outlined on their fact sheet, including waivers, deadline extensions, streamlined processing, and flexibility, to our customers for an initial period of 30 days (with the possibility of a further extension of the period, at EXIM’s discretion) to enable businesses and financial institutions that participate in our programs to return to their business concerns and EXIM-related obligations at an appropriate time without penalty.
- Federal assistance to help manufacturing companies hurt by imports
United States Government
Comprehensive Official verified and updated Information of all aspects of the Federal Covid-19 Response.
Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19 | USAGov
Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19. Learn about international travel restrictions, how you can prepare for coronavirus, and what the U.S. government is doing in response to the virus.
In this section, the City of Tacoma is providing information especially related to private sector funding, grants and resources to assist small businesses affected by COVID-19. It does not represent an endorsement. Businesses are advised to conduct their own due diligence to determine how this assistance may meet their needs.
Comcast recently announced the next phase of Comcast RISE, a multi-year program with goals and initiatives to support local small businesses owned by people of color and impacted by COVID-19. Grants of up to $10,000 will be distributed early next year alongside consulting and media and technology resources. This will help such U.S.-based small businesses (which must have been operating between three and five years) build long-term success and boost its operations after a tumultuous year.
To learn more and/or apply:
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- Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs Emergency Funding Application Help