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Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund as of 5 p.m. on September 16, 2020. 

Please read this release from the City of Kirkland for a status update on the program. 

Program Information

The Kirkland City Council is providing one-time small business grants of $5,000 each. The grants are made possible by Kirkland's Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act per capita award (approximately $2.6 million) from the State of Washington.

The grants provide support for 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 will accept applications from Wednesday, August 26 through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16. If the City receives more than 150 qualified applications, the awardees will be randomly selected through a lottery. The City will announce awards as applicants are confirmed.

Small business for-profit and nonprofit eligibility 

  • Must be located in Kirkland (including home based businesses) with a current and active Unified Business Identification Number (UBI) and City of Kirkland business license endorsement;
  • Must have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees as of April 1, 2020;
  • Must demonstrate a minimum 25 percent reduction in gross revenues (including a reduction of at least $5,000) due to negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020 (April 1 to June 30);
  • Must demonstrate a minimum of $5,000 of normal operating costs and expenses (as specified as eligible under the grant agreement) during the qualified period (second quarter of 2020, April 1 to June 30); and
  • Must not be involved in the production, processing, promotion, distribution, or sale (wholesale or retail) of marijuana and cannabinoid products, concentrates, or extracts; and
  • Must meet all other eligibility requirements specified in the grant agreement and Federal terms and conditions.

Expense eligibility
Grant funds help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue thereby helping to pay for expenses such as:

  • Payroll;
  • Mortgage (for home offices, the method of calculating the eligible percent of home mortgage expense is based on the percentage of your home devoted to business use);
  • Rent;
  • Business utilities such as electric, natural gas, water/sewer, garbage, internet, and phone; and 
  • Other as specified in the grant agreement and Federal terms and conditions.

Ineligible expenses and restrictions on use of grant funds include the following examples:

  • Expenses which are not deductible, or expenses not considered ordinary and necessary business expenses, for the entity's federal income tax return, such as items which are personal, lavish, entertainment or capital in nature;
  • Contributions to a politician or political party;
  • Bonuses to owners or employees;
  • Contributions to charities, gifts, or parties; and 
  • Other as specified in the grant agreement and Federal terms and conditions.

Grant funds may not be used for expenses that have been or will be reimbursed by federal, state, or other grantors.

Application process
Before starting the application, please make sure you have your Universal Business ID (UBI) and your:

  • W-9
  • Washington State Department of Revenue tax reports or other accounting records for Q2 2019 and Q2 2020
  • Copies of eligible outstanding or paid invoice(s) or bill(s) incurred in Quarter 2 of 2020 totaling at least $5,000



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123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

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