Gathering of information & resources for local businesses in King County
Evictions for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak
Evictions of small business and nonprofit tenants in the City of Seattle for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted. This is effective immediately and will last for 60 days from March 18 or until Seattle’s coronavirus emergency ends, pending the council’s approval. For more information, you can visit the Mayor’s blog post here.
Restaurants can request a loading zone near their establishment
by emailing 684-Road@seattle.govor calling (206) 684-ROAD – be sure to provide business address and contact information
List of several restaurant locations where SDOT plans to install signs soon,
click the following link: https://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2020/03/17/take-out-pick-up-zones-coming-today/
City of Seattle B&O Tax Deferment Information
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. This will allow small business owners increased flexibility during a period of financial duress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have questions, please call (206) 684-8484 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DoorDash Subsidized Delivery for Nonprofits
DoorDash is offering subsidized delivery services (priced only to recuperate their costs, such as paying couriers) for nonprofit organizations and local agencies looking to transport food and other necessities from distribution hubs to residents. Interested organizations can start by completing this brief form, and DoorDash will contact you within two business days.
King County Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
King County has committed $2.2 million to provide child care, free of charge, for essential workers who live or work in the County. The funding will pay for a slot at select child care providers across the county through at least June. We need your help to get the word out about this resource to your clients, employees, and communities!
To apply for this free child care, families should call the Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center at 1-800-446-1114 and complete an intake with our Resource Specialists. Translation into several languages available free of charge
COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund [ArtsFund; for organizations only]
Federal Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Small businesses, private nonprofit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises in Seattle and King County are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in low‑interest Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to offset economic losses caused by the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) will be offering technical assistance and launching resources to help small businesses apply for SBA loans.
Applicants for the federal SBA may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 (interpretation provided) or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations Impacted by COVID-19 Hosted by The Seattle Foundation
The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. To learn more about and to donate to the fund, go here: seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund
Historic South Downtown RFP for Nonprofits and Small Businesses in Pioneer Square and CID
On March 26, 2020, the organization Historic South Downtown (HSD) released a Request for Proposals for emergency support for nonprofit and small businesses in the Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District (CID) neighborhoods
Their Community Review Panel will review each application on a rolling basis and make funding decisions within three weeks. The closing date is no sooner than June 26, 2020.
King County COVID-19 Community Response Fund
King County Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) is able to provide grants of up to $25,000 to community-based organizations and other stakeholders serving impacted communities. OESJ will prioritize funding to partners working with communities at the highest risk of immediate and long-term negative health, social, and economic impacts, with an emphasis on communities located near isolation, quarantine, and recovery sites. To apply for funding, visit: kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx
Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund for Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits in SoDo, Pioneer Square and CID
The Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund is aimed primarily at supporting individuals (shift workers and service providers), nonprofits, and small businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field “that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to the current public health crisis.” These neighborhoods include SoDo, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown – International District (CID). To learn more and to donate to the fund, visit: secure.givelively.org/donate/rave-foundation/seattle-sounders-fc-relief-fund
Social Justice Fund Northwest COVID-19 Crisis Fund
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Social Justice Fund is launching an emergency fund to support Social Justice Fund grantees working to respond to the crisis. Grants are $3,000 and can support a variety of strategies to meet community needs and support mutual aid. Applicant organizations must be a previous grantee of Social Justice Fund, with priority for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-led grantees. To apply, visit socialjusticefund.org/covid-19-crisis-fund
State Benefits for Employers
The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. More information for workers and businesses here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19
United Way of King County Resources for Unemployed Workers
The United Way of King County has put together a list of resources for workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This list includes links to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and other free and reduced programs in and around King County. Go to the United Way of King County’s page for more information.
To mitigate barriers to capital for Seattle’s most vulnerable businesses
the City of Seattle will commit approximately $1.5 million in one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses.
The COVID-19 Community Response Fund overview and criteria and application for the fund at the Equity and Social Justice website. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. The fund has resources specifically for organizations and businesses in UKC, among other criteria.
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