Small Business and Grant Resources

$2 million COVID relief grant now open for nonprofits.  With a focus on organizations led by and serving communities of color seeks to address disproportionate pandemic impact:

How to apply
Grant applications from eligible 501c3 organizations are due by Nov. 6, 2020. Find all information and application materials here.
Free technical assistance is being provided by 20 culturally specific partner organizations to help with the application process, including access to help in different languages.
Two online information sessions will be held in English via Zoom this week:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10 - 11 a.m. PDT
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 - 8 p.m. PDT
The Zoom conference line is
Zoom meeting ID: 898 8060 1482
Via phone: 1-253-215-8782

ArtsWA The Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington Arts Commission have partnered to provided federal CARES Act funding to art and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. Grants are available up to $10,000 each, no funding match is required. 

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources page has great information for small businesses trying to access the Families First Coronavirus Response Act sick, medical, and family leave and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act programs. They have also included a list of services that are available in the Burlington area, where you can access free Wi-Fi, public restrooms, parks, golf courses, and restaurants providing take out. offers small business guidance during the Coronavirus outbreak, from information on loans to what qualifies as an essential business.

Candid Learning is resource to find emergency financial resources to help with COVID-19 hardships, for nonprofits, individuals, artists (all disciplines), and small businesses.

Childcare Providers: Skagit County is working with the Northwest Center for Child Care Retention and Expansion, a division of the Opportunity Council, to administer the grant program. To qualify, a childcare provider must be licensed in the State of Washington, located in Skagit County, provide less than 50 slots for kids, and be currently open and operational. Providers must also be able to prove businesses losses (revenue) and business interruption (lower enrollment) due to COVID-19. The grant will award up to $15,000 to any one provider, based on a number of criteria. Detailed application information can be found in English here and Spanish here.

Choose Washington has great resources for financing small businesses and their growth.  Check out their page to learn about Startup Wisdom, Washington Small Business Initiative, the Export Voucher Program and more.

The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County has created the EDASC COVID-19 Resource Guide for businesses and workers.  They provide information on utilities, small business and worker support, and even help finding employment. Click on their link to find out more information about Disaster Loan Assistance, Lender Match, financial resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19, and more.

Financial Help for Shellfish Growers Washington state is the leading U.S. producer of farmed oysters and clams. Declining exports and restaurant sales due to COVID-19 have hit growers hard. The state departments of Commerce and Agriculture have partnered to provide $300,000 in emergency grants for seeds and larvae.  

Grant Station has current funding opportunities for those affected by COVID-19.  Just a note on filtering the Grant Station grant opportunities, do not use too many filters.  Stick with North America and USA to see what you can use.  If you narrow it down to Washington or more, it will be too specific, and won't return any grant opportunities.  

Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans is coming soon from the James Beard Foundation.

Pacific Mountain WorkForce Development Council (PACMTN) A nonprofit organization that is the recognized convener of regional workforce development efforts. Their staff are dedicated to the development of a workforce system that supports business, industry, and all levels of employers and job seekers.

ReferenceUSA  A telephone and business directory useful for marketing, business research, and job searching.
This database is provided courtesy of the Port of Skagit.

Resources for Women-Owned Businesses and Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses curated by Start Up Washington.

Technical assistance for minority and non-English speaking business owners Non-English speaking and other multi-ethnic small business owners are closing at disproportionately higher rates due to COVID-19. These business owners now have more places to seek help. Commerce has partnered with 20 organizations across the state to providing targeted technical assistance to help with access to funding and other help. Click on their link to see if there is an organization near you that can help.

Washington Small Business Development Center has their own COVID-19 Survival Guide and webinars in their Business Resiliency ToolkitPlus, FREE virtual advising and business plan resources.