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$2,500 grants available for Walla Walla County businesses with up to 20 employees to support COVID-related response and recovery

(Walla Walla, WA) – The Port of Walla Walla will be accepting applications for the Working Washington Small Business Grants 2.0 beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, September 22nd. The program is intended to support For-Profit Businesses and Non-Profit Business Service Organizations with less than 20 employees that have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency and to help prevent the closure of their business or service organization. Funding for Working Washington 2.0 is passed down from the Federal Coronavirus Assistance, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to the Washington State Department of Commerce. The Port of Walla Walla, in its role as the Associate Economic Development Organization (ADO) for Walla Walla County, will receive the money from the Washington State Dept. of Commerce to administer the local small business grants. In Walla Walla County, the program will dedicate approximately $175,000 in grants to small for-profit businesses with a maximum grant amount of $2,500 per business. An additional $10,000 will be allocated to support non-profit business service organizations (i.e. Chambers, Direct Marketing Organizations, Tourism Bureaus, etc) for grants of up to $2,500. Grant money can be used to assist with a variety of expenses related to the impact of COVID-19. Eligible applicants must have businesses located in Walla Walla County, have 2-20 employees, be established prior to January 1, 2020, and be in compliance with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries laws. Businesses who already received the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant earlier this year are not eligible for this program. Applications for the program can be found on the Port of Walla Walla’s website beginning September 22nd at 9 am. To be considered in the first round, applications must be returned either electronically or to the Port Office drop box by 4 pm on Tuesday, September 29th. Applications will be accepted for possible future rounds until funds are exhausted. To learn more and apply, visit www.portwallawalla.com.