Applications accepted April 1 to April 7.
Google, the City of Kirkland, the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and Banner Bank announced the creation of a Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund (Relief Fund), a new program intended to provide immediate grants to qualifying small businesses and small nonprofits in Kirkland impacted by COVID-19. The Relief Fund is open to all qualifying applicants; applicants do not need to be Chamber members to apply. The Relief Fund received initial seed funding of $250,000 from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, and is open to additional contributions.
The Chamber will act as the fiscal agent for the Relief Fund and will manage all contributions. A committee comprised of members from the Chamber and Banner Bank will review all applications and make all decisions regarding dispersal of grant funding. For more information, including application details and information on contributing to the fund, please visit the Chamber’s website.
Informational Workshops. The Washington Small Business Development Center has several free webinars coming up on business resiliency. View upcoming webinars.
The City of Kirkland is also exploring virtual workshops, webinars, and other platforms to provide information, answer questions, and learn from our business community. If you are interested in participating in these workshops, please sign up here .
Resource Packet. The City of Kirkland created a COVID-19 Resource Packet for Kirkland Businesses and sent one to each registered Kirkland business. Download the packet (English).
The City of Kirkland has compiled the following resources for businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.
Last updated April 3, 2020. Please check back for updates as more resources are identified.
Small Business Administration
CARES Act Information
Business and Workplace Health Recommendations
Tips for Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity
Resources for Employers and Workers
- Washington State Employment Security Department: COVID-19 Assistance
- Guidance and Resources for COVID-19 Topics Related to Labor & Industries (L&I)
- Help for businesses wanting to keep employee health coverage: The State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has let all health insurers know they have flexibility in defining who is eligible for coverage under the employer-sponsored health plan. If an employer would like to try to keep their employees covered or have other questions, they should reach out directly to their health insurer. Visit the Coronavirus and Health Insurance webpage for more information.
Additional Business Resources
Moratorium on small business and nonprofit evictions
At its March 31 virtual meeting, the City Council passed Resolution 5414 (PDF), ratifying the City Manager’s emergency directive dated March 31, 2020 to create a moratorium on small business and nonprofit organization evictions in Kirkland due to nonpayment of rent or the expiration of leases during the COVID-19 proclamation of emergency or 60 days after today’s directive, which ever happens sooner. The moratorium can be extended beyond 60 days with ratification of the City Council.
Through a series of actions taken by Governor Jay Inslee to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the state, most notably including the order to close all non-essential businesses and projects, numerous businesses and residents of the state and Kirkland have suffered and will continue to suffer significant financial damages, including loss of business income, layoffs and reduced hours for a significant percentage of the workforce. This moratorium on evictions is intended to provide small businesses and nonprofit organizations support during this unprecedented public health emergency.
FAQ for "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order
On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued an executive order directing all Washington residents and business owners to stay home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business, government services or public infrastructure.
Under this “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order Washington residents and business owners are directed to stay home and limit all non-essential activities and interactions with others outside the home. This FAQ is intended to give a better idea of what is considered an essential business as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Q: Which sectors have been designated “essential” by the governor?
A: Broadly, the following sectors have been designated essential:
- Healthcare and Public Health, Emergency Services, Food and Agriculture, Energy, Water and Wastewater, Transportation and Logistics, communications and IT, other community-based government operations, critical manufacturing, hazardous materials, financial services, chemical and defense industrial base.
- Not all activities within these broad sectors have been deemed essential. Please follow this link for a more detailed list of specific permitted sectors and activities.
Q: Is there an exemption process for a non-listed essential activity?
A: Yes, to clarify or certify status, or to petition to be added to this list, please visit this website.
Q: Does an essential business need to register with the city or state to continue to operate?
Q: Are restaurants and bars an essential function and able to operate?
A: Yes, however, restaurants and bars are prohibited from offering dine-in options, and are limited to curbside pick-up, delivery, take out, or drive thru services.
Q: Are construction projects allowed to continue?
A: It depends. Construction of essential facilities (such as medical, transportation, or telecommunications infrastructure) is generally allowed to continue. The specific circumstances can be found in Washington State’s detailed guidelines.
Q: Are retail operations allowed to operate?
A: Food retail establishments, big-box stores that sell groceries and essentials, and commercial retail stores, that supply essential sectors are still allowable. Please follow this link for a list of sectors.
Q: Are auto dealers an essential business and allowed to open?
A: No: Auto dealers should be practicing safe social distancing operations by directing most business online. Employees should have the ability and resources provided to them to continue working from home using technology.
Q: Are auto, motorcycle, bicycle and motorized wheelchair repair shops an essential business and allowed to operate?
A: Yes, transportation-related repair shops maintain safe and essential operations for residents and keep essential businesses going. Transportation repair shops include auto repair shops, bike shops, and other similar facilities.
Q: Are indoor construction, electrical, plumbing contractors an essential business and allowed to operate?
A: Yes: Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses are considered essential by the order.
Q: Are insurance companies an essential business and allowed to open?
A: No: Insurance companies should be practicing safe social distancing operations by directing most business online. Employees should have the ability and resources provided to them to continue working from home using technology.
Q: Are real estate agents an essential business and allowed to operate?
A: No: Real estate agents should be practicing safe social distancing operations by directing most business online. Employees should have the ability and resources provided to them to continue working from home using technology.
Q: Are pet groomers an essential business and allowed to operate?
A: No: At this time pet grooming is not an essential function and should not be operating until further notice to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Q: Are marijuana retailers an essential business and allowed to open?
A: Yes: Most marijuana retailers offer medicinal options for their customers, making the business essential. Delivery or online purchase is not an option.
Q: Who should violators be reported to?
A: Violations of the Governor’s order can be reported to King County Public Health at 206-477-3977. Residents should not call 911 to report violations of the order as phone lines must be kept clear for emergencies.
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.