A second round of funding for the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to be available soon.

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. (GGHI) has nearly completed the distribution of the local funds from the first round of the Governor’s Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. This effort is part of a statewide initiative to provide emergency grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and has already saved over 5,500 jobs across the state.

In total, 30 Grays Harbor businesses received a combined $184,299 during the initial funding round, with an average grant award of $6,143.30. Funds can be used to cover costs including rent, utilities, supplies, inventory, and other operating expenses.

“All the businesses who received these funds were so grateful and appreciative,” said Candie Gleason, GGHI’s CFO. “It has been a rewarding experience to be able to help local businesses during these trying times.”
A map of all statewide recipients is available on the Department of Commerce website.

“As we continue to limit interactions in our fight against COVID-19 and plan for safe reopening of our economy, businesses are working hard to adjust to a ‘new normal’ and we need to be there for them,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “These grants are helping our smallest Main Street businesses keep their doors open and paychecks coming to their employees.”

Brown said another round of Working Washington grants is on the way very soon, funded with a portion of the state’s Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds being administrated through Commerce and local partners, such as GGHI.

Launched in April, applications for the Working Washington grants exceeded available funding by about 10 fold. The first grants were funded with $5 million from the Governor’s Working Washington economic development strategic reserve fund and $5 million from the state’s $200 million COVID-19 emergency response package approved by the legislature in March.

About Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.
Greater Grays Harbor is a Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council that partners with local businesses, community groups, and government at the local, regional, state and national levels to encourage economic development, business growth, and professional development.