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King County has launched a number of grant programs to assist with the health and economic recovery of the community in response to COVID-19. These programs are managed by various King County departments. 

Strengthening and Expanding Existing Emergency Food Provider Infrastructure

King County provided one-time grants ranging from $50,000-$250,000 to food banks, meal programs, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and other non-profits to support food security efforts in King County. Priority was given to organizations serving the highest risk populations in areas of the county with limited food resource supports, that could enhance their services quickly, and would prioritize purchasing local and culturally appropriate foods. 

 

Grant Programs for Farm Businesses

King County has committed nearly $1.4 million in emergency relief funding to assist King County farmers and farmers markets comply with state and County safe operating requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to overcome losses attributable to COVID-19. In addition to supporting farm businesses and farmers markets, the grants program for farm businesses will ensure continued access to fresh, local farm products by income-challenged residents of King County.

K-12 Digital Equity

On September 15, 2020, King County awarded $1 million to the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) for a K-12 digital equity program to support equitable access to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide technology, internet connectivity, and technical assistance to K-12 students disadvantaged by socio-economic circumstances, including historical racial inequities amplified by COVID-19. As appropriate, the program will be extended to caregivers of K-12 students identified for this program and childcare providers supporting remote learning and schoolwork of school-aged children.


PSESD has distributed $344,000 to seven school districts, including the Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Tukwila, and Seattle. The school districts will use this funding to provide internet connectivity, devices, accessories, and digital literacy support to K-12 students experiencing need. In addition, PSESD has partnered with the Equity in Education Coalition (EEC), which will oversee delivery by its community-based organizations (CBO) partners of $538,000 in digital literacy training and technical assistance.  All communication about the services and resources made available through this program and delivered by PSESD, school districts, and CBOs, including childcare providers serving school-aged children, will be done in the language and form most appropriate given the specific circumstances of students and their caregivers/parents targeted under this program. 


Vulnerable Adults Digital Equity

The Vulnerable Adults Digital Equity program aims to reduce barriers to accessing online resources and digital services at a time when there is an increased reliance on the Internet to access public services and economic relief resources. The program provides the technology, internet connection, and digital literacy to enable beneficiaries to access web-based platforms and applications for housing, economic, health, or other basic benefits, needs, or information necessitated by COVID-19. Through a competitive process, King County partnered with community-based organizations that currently serve seniors, limited-English proficiency, unemployed, and/or homeless adults to carry out this program.  

Grant Recipients - $1.2 million

Organization

Grant

African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry

$51,000

African Community Housing & Development

$77,000

Chinese Information and Service Center

$47,500

Debes Eritrean Organization

$44,500

Downtown Emergency Services Center

$80,000

East African Community Services

$25,000

Ethiopian Community in Seattle

$70,000

Helping Link

$40,540

Interim Community Development Association

$35,500

King County Library System Foundation

$46,000

Local Connectivity Lab

$49,315

Open Doors for Multicultural Families

$80,000

Para Los Ninos

$49,500

People of Color Against AIDS Network

$52,000

Pioneer Human Services

$71,000

Puget Sound Training Center

$43,000

Refugee Women's Alliance

$57,000

Seattle Goodwill

$85,000

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

$72,500

Urban League

$60,000

West African Community Council

$80,000

Small Business Support

King County issued grants to 23 chambers of commerce and CBOs located in incorporated King County to provide marketing, technical assistance, and other related support to small businesses to support safe reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is part of King County’s economic relief and recovery efforts to counter the adverse impacts of COVID-19 on the local economy and small businesses. The grants were distributed to organizations with five or fewer employees.

 

Grant Recipients - $495,000 

 

Organization 

Grant

Ballard Chamber of Commerce dba Ballard Alliance

$24,999

Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area

$15,000

Covington Chamber of Commerce

$24,999

Duvall Chamber of Commerce

$10,000

Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest

$15,000

Fremont Chamber of Commerce

$24,999

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce

$24,999

Greater Maple Valley/Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce

$15,000

Greater Renton Chamber of Commerce

$24,999

Kent Chamber of Commerce

$24,999

Kent Downtown Partnership

$24,999

Magnolia Chamber of Commerce

$24,999

Main Street Renton dba Renton Downtown Partnership

$15,000

OneRedmond

$24,999

Rainier Chamber Foundation

$24,999

Seattle Business Education Hub

$24,999

Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

$15,000

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce

$15,000

SLU Chamber

$24,999

Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce

$24,999

SODO Business Improvement Area

$24,999

Southwest King County Chamber D.B.A. Seattle Southside Chamber

$24,999

U District Partnership

$20,000

 

Unincorporated King County Small Business Program

As the local government agency for unincorporated King County, Local Services established a grant program to help small businesses in the unincorporated area maintain viability through the COVID-19 emergency. To date more than 626 businesses have been approved for grants.

 

Economic Development Relief for Cities

Economic relief and recovery grants for cities are intended to help alleviate the significant adverse economic impact of COVID-19 on incorporated municipalities of King County. The funds were distributed to 38 cities in King County (except for the City of Seattle) based on per capita population with a minimum grant of $10,000. Thirty-three cities have accepted the grant funding. Most cities are using the funds for outreach materials about safe reopening, as well as broader marketing and promotion of the cities. Twelve of the cities are using the funds to extend passthrough grants to small businesses.

 

Grant Recipients - $1.9 million

 

City 

Grant

Auburn (part)

$109,565

Bellevue

$221,909

Black Diamond

$10,000

Bothell (part)

$43,633

Burien

$79,417

Carnation

$10,000

Clyde Hill

$10,000

Covington

$30,973

Des Moines

$48,230

Duvall

$11,974

Enumclaw (part)

$18,632

Federal Way

$149,426

Issaquah

$57,409

Kenmore

$35,615

Kent

$198,237

Kirkland

$135,833

Lake Forest Park

$20,236

Maple Valley

$39,983

Mercer Island

$37,372

Milton (part)

$10,000

Newcastle

$19,014

Normandy Park

$10,095

North Bend

$10,637

Pacific (part)

$10,500

Redmond

$100,584

Renton

$159,903

Sammamish

$98,370

SeaTac

$44,565

Shoreline

$86,091

Skykomish

$10,000

Snoqualmie

$20,877

Tukwila

$31,965

Woodinville

$18,953

 

Relief Grants for Chambers of Commerce and Community-Based Organizations

King County awarded $5,000 grants to 60 chambers of commerce and community-based organizations (CBO) located in incorporated King County whose primary mission is to provide marketing, technical assistance and other related support to small businesses. Examples of CBOs included business improvement areas, downtown partnerships, community development associations, merchant associations, and community business coalitions. The grants were designed to support organizations with 15 or fewer employees.

 

Grant Recipients - $300,000 ($5,000 each)

 

Organization 

African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest

Alliance for Pioneer Square

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce

Ballard Alliance (Formerly called Ballard Chamber of Commerce)

Beacon Business Alliance

Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Bellevue Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Bellevue Downtown Association

BizDiversity

Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce

Build Lake City Together/Children's Home Society of Washington

Carnation Chamber of Commerce

Central Area Collaborative

Chinatown International District BIA

Council for Historic Downtown Issaquah (DBA Downtown Issaquah Association)

Covington Chamber of Commerce

Discover Burien

Downtown Issaquah Association

Enumclaw Area Chamber of Commerce

Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest

Fremont Chamber of Commerce

Friends of Little Saigon

Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce

Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce

Greater Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce

Greater Seattle Business Association

Green Lake Chamber of Commerce

Highlands Council

HomeSight/Columbia City Business Association

HomeSight/MLK Business Association

Kent Chamber of Commerce

Kent Downtown Partnership

Kirkland Downtown Association

Korean American Chamber of Commerce WA State

Magnolia Chamber of Commerce

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce

North Bend Downtown Foundation

OneRedmond

Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce

Rainier Avenue Business Coalition/Beacon Business Alliance

Rainier Beach Action Coalition (Rainier Beach Merchants Association)

Rainier Chamber of Commerce

Renton Chamber of Commerce

Renton Downtown Partnership

Sammamish Chamber of Commerce

Seattle Business Education Hub d/b/a SBEHUB

Seattle Good Business Network

Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Seattle Southside Chamber

Snoqualmie Historic District Merchants Association

Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce

SODO BIA

South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce

SouthEast Effective Development

Tabor 100

U District Partnership

Visit Issaquah

West Seattle Junction Association

Woodinville Chamber of Commerce


Support to Chambers and Community Based Organizations in Unincorporated King County

King County Local Services has funding available to provide to local business chambers and community-based organizations that are directly helping small businesses impacted by COVID-19. These awards are intended to reimburse organizations for the expenses they have incurred assisting small businesses affected by COVID-19.

To ease the economic burden on the tourism industry, King County provided one-time grants to independent live music venues; science organizations that promote tourism; and arts, culture, and science organizations that provide educational programs. Unexpected, mandatory closures due to COVID-19 have had severe adverse economic impacts on these organizations, which rely heavily on tourism. The grant program is designed to serve as economic support during this difficult time and facilitate compliance with the public health safety measures as these organizations begin to reopen, when allowed to do so, with the ultimate objective of supporting the county’s economic recovery, attracting tourists, and enhancing the quality of life for all King County residents.


Grant Recipients - $2.5 million

 

Organization

Grant

Arts Organizations

206 Zulu

$10,000

ACT Theatre

$10,000

ADEFUA Cultural Education Workshop

$10,000

American Asian Performing Arts Theater (AAPAT)

$10,000

ArtsWest

$10,000

Bellevue Art Museum

$15,000

Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra

$15,000

Black Fret Seattle

$10,000

Book-It Repertory Theatre

$10,000

Burke Museum Association

$10,000

Center for Wooden Boats

$10,000

Centro Cultural Mexicano

$15,000

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association

$10,000

Eastside Heritage Center

$10,000

Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle

$10,000

Experience Learning Community dba The Museum of Pop Culture

$10,000

Fractured Atlas

$10,000

Friends of Asian Art

$10,000

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park

$10,000

Frye Art Museum

$10,000

GreenStage

$10,000

Henry Art Gallery

$10,000

Highline Heritage Museum

$15,000

Historical Society of Seattle & King County dba Museum of History & Industry

$10,000

Holocaust Center for Humanity

$10,000

Jazz Night School

$10,000

KidsQuest Children’s Museum

$15,000

Kirkland Arts Center

$10,000

Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra

$10,000

LIVING VOICES

$10,000

National Nordic Museum

$10,000

Northwest African American Museum

$10,000

Northwest Film Forum

$10,000

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE

$10,000

Northwest Perennial Alliance

$10,000

On the Boards

$10,000

Pacific NW Ballet

$10,000

Pacific Sámi Searvi

$10,000

Robert Lang Studios Academy

$10,000

School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA)

$10,000

Sea-King Media Group

$10,000

Seattle Architecture Foundation

$10,000

Seattle Art Museum

$10,000

Seattle Chamber Music Society

$10,000

Seattle Children’s Museum

$10,000

Seattle Children’s Theatre

$10,000

Seattle Latino Film Festival

$10,000

Seattle Opera

$10,000

Seattle Rep.

$10,000

Seattle Shakespeare Company

$10,000

Seattle Symphony

$10,000

Seattle Theater Group

$10,000

SIFF

$10,000

Sound Theatre Company

$10,000

Spectrum Dance Theater

$10,000

The 5th Avenue Theatre Association

$10,000

The Talented Youth (dba NFFTY)

$15,000

The Vera Project

$10,000

Theatre33

$10,000

Town Hall Seattle

$10,000

Unexpected Productions Improv

$10,000

Unified Outreach

$10,000

Vashon Allied Arts, Inc. dba Vashon Center for the Arts

$10,000

Velocity Dance Center

$10,000

Village Theatre

$15,000

Wa Na Wari

$10,000

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

$10,000

Youth Theatre Northwest

$15,000

SUBTOTAL - ART ORGANIZATIONS:

$720,000

Live Music Venues

Barboza

$19,500

Central Saloon

$19,500

Century Ballroom

$40,000

Cherrybomb Nightclub LLC Dba KREMWERK

$19,500

Clock-Out Lounge

$19,500

Conor Byrne Pub

$19,500

Darrells Tavern

$19,500

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

$40,000

EL CORAZON / FUNHOUSE

$40,000

Fremont Abbey Arts Center

$10,000

High Dive

$19,500

Jazz Clubs North West

$10,000

Monkey Loft Lounge

$10,000

Nectar Lounge

$19,500

Neptune Theatre

$19,500

Neumos

$19,500

Red Lounge

$40,000

Screwdriver Bar/Belltown Yacht Club

$10,000

Sea Monster Lounge

$40,000

Skylark Cafe and Club

$19,500

SUBSTATION

$19,500

Sunset Tavern

$19,500

Supernova

$10,000

The Crocodile

$40,000

The Culinarium at Nordo

$10,000

The Factory Luxe

$10,000

The Highline

$10,000

The JewelBox theater

$19,500

The Royal Room

$19,500

The Triple Door

$40,000

The Vera Project

$19,500

TIM’S TAVERN

$19,500

Tractor Tavern

$19,500

Trinity Night Club

$19,500

Vermillion

$19,500

SUBTOTAL - LIVE MUSIC VENUES:

$750,000

Science Organizations

21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living

$7,500

Cougar Mountain Zoo

$230,000

Museum of Flight

$150,000

Pacific Science Center Foundation

$265,350

Seattle Aquarium Society

$205,990

Woodland Park Zoological Society

$141,160

SUBTOTAL - SCIENCE ORGANIZATIONS:

$1,000,000

King County committed $8 million for the development of a comprehensive tourism campaign to stabilize economic losses related to the impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism industry. The goal of these tourism campaigns is to encourage residents and visitors to safely and mindfully support King County businesses, in turn driving overnight stays to revitalize and stabilize the lodging tax. Additionally, reinforcing King County’s robust reputation around prioritizing public healthy safety is a top priority of the campaign.


To implement this program, King County contracted with Visit Seattle ($6M) and Seattle Southside ($2M). Visit Seattle will support countywide recovery efforts and Seattle Southside will focus on South King County. Both Visit Seattle and Seattle Southside will collaborate and coordinate with Visit Bellevue, Visit Issaquah, and the Woodinville Chamber, among others, to ensure all corners of the county are represented and see the benefits from this effort.

To maximize 2020 Census participation, King County executed a one-time grant program for organizations to complete 2020 Census outreach and community engagement work in SeaTac and Tukwila, which have low Census response rates. Historically undercounted communities face several barriers to Census participation in 2020, including a digital divide, politicization of the decennial count, lack of access to information in culturally competent formats, and general distrust of government. King County has prioritized funding and working with organizations serving hard-to-reach communities so that communities in King County get access to their fair share of federal resources.

 

Grant Recipients - $50,000 

 

Organization 

Grant

Entre Hermanos

$10,000

Eritrean Association

$10,000

Refugee Women's Alliance

$10,000

Somali Health Board

$10,000

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

$10,000