The City of Kirkland has taken several actions to help local businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, including:
- Providing grants to small businesses and nonprofits: Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund.
- Establishing an "Evenings on Park Lane" application for Sidewalk Cafés: Temporary Park Lane Street Use Permit Application Form (PDF-149k)
- Designating temporary pick-up/take-out parking stalls: Temporary Pick-up/Take-out Parking Stalls Application (PDF-132k).
- Establishing a "2020 Outdoor Café Permit Application Form" and waiving fees for Outdoor Café Permit renewal: 2020 Sidewalk Café Application and Checklist (PDF-255k).
- Establishing a "Temporary 'Parklet' Street Use" application for Kirkland restaurants to expand outdoor seating into adjoining on-street parking stalls: Temporary "Parklet" Street Use Permit Application Form (PDF-206k).
- Establishing a notification process for Kirkland businesses to temporarily use adjoining private parking stalls for expanded outdoor café seating or outdoor retail space: Private Parking Conversion Notice (PDF-98k).
- Enacting a moratorium on commercial evictions for small businesses and nonprofits.
- Launching the (re)STARTUP425 Business Response Team to provide free, one-on-one assistance to small businesses and nonprofits in navigating relief funding opportunities.
- Spearheading the Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund, a grant program created through a collaboration between the City, Google, the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and Banner Bank. The initial seed funding of $250,000 from Google.org benefited 250 qualifying small businesses in Kirkland. The application process for round 2 opened on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9 a.m. and closed on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Small Business Relief Fund page on the Chamber website.
- Allowing for the temporary deferral and suspension of utility charges.
- Easing Sign Code regulations that restrict the use of temporary signs to help essential businesses communicate with their customers.
- Temporarily suspending time limitations for downtown parking and implementing free parking at City-owned lots to help with curb-side pickup of carry out food. As of July 17, parking is being enforced throughout downtown, at the Lakeshore Parking Lot near Marina Park, and at the Lake and Central Lot. For more information about parking in the City of Kirkland, visit our parking webpage.
- Implementing a Human Services Stabilization Initiative to support our human services providers.
- Producing and mailing a COVID-19 resource packet to all licensed Kirkland businesses.
We will continue to update this webpage with additional information and resources available to Kirkland businesses and nonprofits.
This information is being provided to you by the City of Kirkland for informational purposes only. The City makes no specific representations or endorsements with respect to these programs and services.