Communications Program Manager
KIRKLAND, Wash. – During the month of October, the City of Kirkland will begin distributing $5,000 grants through the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund.
Grants will be provided to small businesses and nonprofits that were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020 (April 1 to June 30). The City received over 280 applications in August and September. Though the program was originally designed to provide funding for 150 small businesses, the City is utilizing a second allocation from Washington State to strive to fund all applicants that met the eligibility requirements.
The City is currently in the process of finalizing grant agreements with some businesses and contacting others who need to provide additional information.
“These grants are an important investment in our Kirkland economy, and the City Council is pleased that we could allocate additional funding toward supporting our local businesses,” said Mayor Penny Sweet “The grant program is another step in a series of actions to address immediate financial challenges our small businesses are facing during this pandemic. City staff are committed to working hard to get this money out to our small businesses quickly while completing all the necessary due diligence to ensure that we’re being responsible stewards of taxpayer funds.”
Grants will be issued on an ongoing basis as applications are thoroughly vetted and contracts are signed. Please direct questions about this grant to the City of Kirkland at firstname.lastname@example.org.