King County is Vaccine Verified! Starting October 25, you must show proof of vaccination to go into bars, restaurants, clubs and gyms. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is providing businesses with resources to navigate the new verification process with its Vaccine Verification Toolkit. Learn More!
Economic Relief for Businesses
The Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund supports community-led strategies to reignite the local economy with an intentional focus on promoting racial equity.
Communities Rise is organizing 45-minute remote legal consultations for Washington State entrepreneurs, small businesses, community organizations, and nonprofits.
The US Small Business Administration is providing federal Coronavirus relief in the form of economic relief tools, consultations, information and resources.
For additional resources regarding small business support following the global pandemic, please visit www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19#smallbusinessnonprofitsupport
Small Business Specific
The City of Seattle has developed this interactive map that can help residents living in King, Pierce, or Snohomish County find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. You can access that map here. If you are a business owner who wants to be added to this map, contact email@example.com.
Effective immediately, the City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for businesses that have annual taxable incomes of $5 million or less and that pay city taxes quarterly. For more info, please call 206-684-8484 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in using space on the sidewalk or street in front of your business to add a temporary café or additional retail space, you will need a Street Use Permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). These temporary permits are FREE.
GSBA is providing help to both GSBA members and non-members by answering questions about eligibility for the state’s assistance grants, how to fill out an application, or other forms of assistance. Learn more about GSBA Small Business Emergency Resources here.
Tabor 100 recently launched their Black Business Equity Fund (BBEF) to provide cash grants, training, technical assistance, and other support for the Greater Seattle area Black-owned businesses. Learn more about this fund and how to apply here: tabor100.org/bbef.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses remain open. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Learn more about this program here.
The Business Resiliency Guide is a tool to help small business owners assess risks and make contingency plans that will enable businesses to recover from the immediate threat of COVID-19 as well as the disruptions that could continue over weeks or months.
Small businesses who need assistance in applying for PPP, PPP Forgiveness, EIDL, or the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants may contact the Seattle Office of Economic Development for FREE technical assistance by calling 206-684-8090 or by emailing email@example.com.
For tools to help you with terms and consistency when writing and talking about COVID-19, refer to this guide.
For more information about WA State Covid-19 response guidelines, resources, and vaccination sites, please visit coronavirus.wa.gov/
Public Health from King County
Free Testing: www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19/covid-19-testing
Free Vaccinations: kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/distribution.aspx
Free Telehealth Services: www.peoplesfreetelehealth.org/
Restroom, Shower and Hygiene Map: www.seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/addressing-homelessness#hygiene
WorkSource is the “one-stop” system in Washington state that offers employment and training services. No fees are charged for any of the services offered. WorkSource has highlighted opportunities here for people looking for immediate work.
The United Way of King County is tracking job opportunities for essential businesses and other local companies, among other resources at their COVID-19 Resources page here.
The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help workers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. To apply, you must first create an online SecureAccess Washington account here.
The King County Rental Assistance Program is starting the next round of the Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP). The tenant-focused program helps people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who are at risk of housing instability or homelessness.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is administering the Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in response to the COVID-19 emergency. You can apply by calling 877-501-2233, (where operators have access to interpreters) or by applying online.
4Culture Art Projects Funds provide financial support for artists and artist groups all over King County. In 2020, 4Culture awarded $705,0000 to 123 Art Projects applicants. To learn more about this fund and to apply, please visit: 4culture.org/grants/art-projects.
Artists Up is partnering with the Seattle Office of Film and Music, King County, and Mentorly (an online arts mentorship platform) to provide free, online consultations to members of the Washington State arts sector to help them connect with pandemic resources and navigate processes and forms for income assistance, unemployment, emergency services, housing, finance, taxes, healthcare, and more. To learn more, visit: artistsup.org/covid-19.