Multiple Whatcom County public agencies pool additional resources to help businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19
Starting September 25, 2020 at 8:00am applications are being accepted for another competitive grant program – called Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants (WWSBEG) 2.0 – which are designed to continue to provide financial support and relief to small businesses and economic development nonprofits throughout Whatcom County.
Through the Port of Bellingham, Whatcom County’s associate development organization, WWSBEG 2.0 will issue approximately $200,000 in general grants to small businesses, who are eligible to apply to grants of up to $10,000 each. This round of funding is targeted to reach those businesses who have not applied for previous local grant programs.
In addition to small business grants and in recognition the importance of nonprofits to our economy and community, the Port of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and the City of Bellingham intend to pool an additional $270,000 in grants to nonprofits that focus on economic development within Whatcom County.
“We recognize the vital work of nonprofits which provide support to our businesses and local economy in many ways. These grants are intended to reduce the financial pressure that has so affected them during COVID-19 so they can again focus on their primary objectives,” said County Executive Satpal Sidhu. “I am very pleased that we are able to partner again with the Port and City of Bellingham to effectively and collaboratively implement this grant program.”
The purpose of this program is to collaborate in support of local businesses and nonprofits who are continuing to experience economic injury due to COVID-19 and drive economic recovery. More information, including eligibility guidelines, criteria, and applications can be found on the WWSBEG 2.0 webpage on the Port of Bellingham website.
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