Working Washington Grants: Round 5

Working Washington Grants: Round 5

The Washington State Legislature has allocated a new round of grant funding for small businesses affected by the pandemic. $70 million was appropriated by the legislature for the next round of Working Washington Grants: Round 5. In this round of grants, portions of the available funds are set aside for specific targeted groups or sectors:

  • 60% is identified for the arts, heritage, and science sectors, including those that operate live entertainment venues
  • 40% is identified for most other sectors, including hospitality, fitness and personal services

The grant will open this summer. Learn more below and at commercegrants.com.

About this grant

This grant serves small businesses and organizations affected by the pandemic. The Department of Commerce manages the grant as part of the Working Washington Grants: Round 5 program. ArtsWA strongly encourages for-profit and non-profit businesses, including sole proprietors and independent artists, to apply.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria. More details will come in the weeks ahead.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are in the arts, heritage, or science sectors, including live entertainment venues
  • are an active for-profit or non-profit business or organization
  • have a UBI or EIN number
  • are physically located in Washington State
  • can show financial hardship because of the pandemic
  • have been in operation prior to January 1, 2021
  • did not report more than $5,000,000 in income in 2019
  • had revenue of at least $10,000 in 2019 or 2020
  • generate at least 51% of your revenue in Washington State
  • have necessary business costs/expenses that are not government fees or taxes. These same costs/expenses cannot be paid for by another private business or government program
  • have not permanently closed, or do not intend to permanently close in 2022
  • follow all COVID-19 health requirements

You can only apply for one business or organization. If you have more than one, apply for your largest or most impacted business or organization.

The grant will open this summer.

Important notice to grant applicants

The federal government recently changed its requirements for businesses and organizations receiving federal funds in the form of grants. It no longer uses the DUNS (Data Universal Number System) and has shifted to a new system known as the UEI (Unique Entity Identifier).

As of April 2022, recipients of grants using federal funds are required to have a UEI, which replaces the DUNS Number. If you don’t have one yet, you may want to apply now. You may apply for grants without one, but cannot receive funds until you have an UEI. Click here to apply now.

Disclaimer

This project was supported by an award from the US Dept. of Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Dept. of Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Washington State Department of Commerce.