Working Washington Small Business Grant Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible for the grants?
A: Pacific County small businesses with 20 or less employees, and Pacific County nonprofit organizations financially impacted by COVID-19, who provide services to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in Pacific County. Commerce requires the business to have 20 or less full-time employees, been impacted by COVID-19, allowed to do business in Washington State, and who are not Federally debarred.
Q: What are the applicant requirements?
A: Applicants must be authorized to conduct business in Washington, have been established for at least 6 months prior to March 1, 2020, and:
- Applicants must self-attest to any funding they have received during the COVID-19 2020 emergency.
- Applicants must document funding they have applied for, and expect to be awarded, during the period of March 1, 2020 – November 15, 2020.
- Verify that the business has not been debarred by the Federal Government.
- Verify that the business is licensed in Washington State, has an active UBI number and is active without issues with the Dept. of Labor & Industries. (For Tribal Businesses without a UBI number, a letter or certification from the Tribe recognizing them as a business is sufficient.)
- Applications must answer a question whether the business has received a Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG.)
- Applicants must answer questions regarding OMWBE certifications, Veteran or Minority Owned, along with an area for the business to optionally identify their race and/or ethnicity.
- If a business has received WWSBEG funds greater than $5,000 they are not eligible for this funding. If they received $5,000 or less, they are eligible for this round of funding.
- Applicants must list the number of employees. Businesses must have 20 or fewer full-time employees who have been impacted by COVID-19 to apply.
Q: What is the grant amount available to Pacific County businesses?
A: Up to $10,000. PCEDC plans to assist as many businesses as possible, and will award all available funds to eligible applicants.
Grants will typically be awarded in increments of $2500, $5000, or $10,000 (Maximum) to cover allowable business losses incurred due to COVID-19 between the dates of March 1, 2020 and October 1, 2020.
Total grant funding is $126,814.
Q: Can you tell me more about how the application review and selection process will work? How will PCEDC review applications?
A: As the State’s designated Associate Development Organization (ADO) for Pacific County, PCEDC convened an application review committee made up of representatives from a diverse group of business-focused leaders in the county. The committee will evaluate the merit of each application and recommend a top selection for award. As we are working through a few layers of review, it is PCEDC’s intent to follow up with applicants within 4 weeks if selected. The volume of applications will determine how quickly we can process applications. PCEDC plans to ensure equitable distribution of grant awards geographically.
Q: Are there any special considerations for this award process?
A: CARES ACT federal funding requires that consideration of veteran’s status, women owned business status, Tribal status and minority owned business status be considered as part of the review process.
Q: I received funding from another source – am I still eligible?
A: Businesses who received $5000, or more in the previous round of Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants are ineligible to apply.
Q: I submitted an application to PCEDC. How do I check my application status?
A: PCEDC along with a committee of community partners in business will review the applications we receive from across Pacific County. We expect to identify the finalists of the grant within 2-4 weeks of the application closing date as we work through the review process. Please note that we are unable to provide specific information about individual applications in progress. You will hear from our team if you are selected to receive a grant.
Q: Can I apply directly to Commerce?
A: While businesses can access information about the Working in Washington Small Business high level guidelines and the application form the Washington State Department of Commerce website, they will be directed to their local Associate Development Organization (ADO)- Pacific County Economic Development Council, to apply for funding. Commerce will only accept applications submitted by ADOs.
Q: I missed the deadline to submit to PCEDC, what can I do?
A: There is a limited amount of granting capacity that will be awarded in Pacific County among selected grantees. PCEDC will be accepting applications until October 2, 2020. A committee of community partners will perform a preliminary screening of applications. Should there continue to be future grant fund availability after receiving and reviewing this round of applications, we will open additional grant application windows until there are no longer funds available. Please keep checking the PCEDC website and/or official Facebook page for the latest updates.
Q: Will I have to submit receipts to PCEDC on how the funds are spent?
A: The application will ask for an attestation, which means assurance, that the grantee will comply with grant requirements and keep copies of documents. PCEDC plans to track submissions internally and ensure equitable distribution of grant awards geographically.
Q: How would you determine 20 FTE employees?
A: Companies with up to 20 individual employees will be eligible. This is NOT based upon FTE. A sole proprietor can be considered an employee.
Q: Would businesses that have had to close take precedence?
A: Yes, businesses who have been affected by the mandatory closure orders will be given priority.
Q: Will access to federal assistance through SBA’s EIDL program be a factor for a company’s eligibility?
A: We encourage companies to apply for other funding options in parallel to WWBEG. We understand the size of this grant may not be sufficient for the company to survive this crisis. An active SBA application or intent to apply for SBA funding will not disqualify applicants.
Q: Are there any business sectors that would not qualify?
A: All business sectors qualify as long as the applicant meets the basic requirements. This program does not prioritize applicants based on sector.
Q: Can non-profits apply for this grant?
A: Yes- but only nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, who serve Pacific County economic development as their purpose are eligible and encouraged to apply (i.e. Chambers of Commerce). Nonprofit organizations who serve the community in other ways are not eligible for this funding, but we will keep the public posted on opportunities for other nonprofits as they arise.