Help Now Available for Small Businesses

Published on October 05, 2021

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City of Kirkland Expands COVID-19 Relief Program

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland has rolled out additional phases of its COVID-19 relief program to provide immediate financial assistance for small businesses, thanks to funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act. A limited number of $1,000 to $10,000 grants are now available for small Kirkland-based businesses behind on rent for the commercial properties they lease. To start the application process, businesses should go to to complete and submit the intake form between October 5 - October 19, 2021. Program funds may only be used as a payment against a small business tenant’s past-due rent due to COVID-19 economic hardship experienced between March 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021. Note that the application process requires the cooperation of tenants and landlords and payments will be made to the landlord.

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“The pandemic has had a profound impact on many of our businesses, making it difficult for some to keep up with rent and stay in their current locations,” said Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold. “Our hope is that by passing federal relief funding directly to businesses and landlords that these businesses can get the foothold they need to thrive in our Kirkland community.”

In September, the City began offering financial assistance for residents struggling to pay for their rent, mortgage or City of Kirkland utilities due to COVID-19.  Language and cultural navigators are available to help access the program. In addition, the City is assisting those needing financial relief for City of Kirkland utilities only.

The City of Kirkland has invested federal stimulus received through the American Rescue Plan Act to support equitable recovery from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 and bolster resiliency against future pandemics. City Council’s framework and guiding principles ensures the funds are spent as intended and provides the most support to those in need in the Kirkland community.

More information about all of these programs as well as other assistance provided by the City’s partners can be found at For questions about the small business rent relief grant program, contact  (425) 587-3266 or the City’s Business Response Team at (206) 686-3424. For questions about the residential rent, mortgage and utility relief program, email  or call 425-587-3326. This project is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLT-4378 awarded to City of Kirkland, Washington by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


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