Small Business Assistance Program
For businesses in unincorporated King County
About this program
Has your business been hurt by COVID-19?
King County has help for small businesses in unincorporated King County—including grant money, language support, and coaching to help you apply for other funds and services.
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Coaching & technical assistance Now open
If your business is in unincorporated King County, you can get help from a U.S. Treasury-certified community development financial institution. Technical assistance coaches can help you with…
- Information about the latest (federal, state, and local) funding and loan resources
- Utility bill assistance
- Filling out grant or funding application forms
- Coaching to help your business survive the impacts of Covid-19 closures
- Other advice and assistance
How to get help
Provide your contact information in one of the ways listed below. A technical services coach will call you back within two business days. If you need an interpreter, please also tell us what language you speak. The technical assistance coach will call back with an interpreter.
- Call 206-331-3275 (Relay 711) and leave a voice mail with your contact information.
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- Fill out and submit our Technical Assistance/Coaching Request Form (below).
Is my business in unincorporated King County?
Here are two ways to find out.
Contact Local Services
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- Technical assistance coaching and language support now available (Local Services news release)—6/11/2020
- Local Services news release—5/15/2020
- King County Council news release—5/12/2020
Grants Now open
King County will accept applications for small business grant awards from Friday, June 26 through Friday, July 10. Businesses that receive awards will be reimbursed for up to $5,000 in expenses such as rent, utility payments, or payroll.
To apply, fill out and submit the application form (see below).
If you would like help filling out your application from a technical assistance coach and/or a language interpreter, either fill out the online form in the Coaching section above or call 206-331-3275 and leave your contact information and the name of the language you would like to speak, and ask for help filling out your grant application. A technical assistance coach will call you back within two business days with an interpreter on the line (if needed). To have your application considered, you must request assistance no later than July 10.
Not all businesses are eligible to apply for this grant program. Applicants must comply with general provisions of the CARES Act. Also, they must:
- Have lost revenue due to a COVID-19 closure or interruption.
- Not have received any federal aid for any of the eligible expenses. This includes funding through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program.
- Be active and licensed in the state of Washington.
- Have their physical business address in unincorporated King County.
- Have been in operation for at least three years.
- Have gross revenues of less than $1.5 million per year.
- Not be currently in bankruptcy.
- Expect to continue operating after COVID 19-related local and state emergency guidelines are removed.
- Have no current unpaid code enforcement liens or violation of any state, federal, or local laws.
- Not be involved with the production, processing, promotion, distribution, or sale (wholesale or retail) of marijuana and cannabinoid products, concentrates, or extracts.
- Have no owner, officer, partner, or principal actor of the business involved with financial mismanagement. This includes the business owner(s) with any conviction(s) for financial crimes within the last three years, with “business owner” defined as managing members or officers.
- Have no owner, officer, partner, or principal actor of the business who is currently employed by King County or who is an immediate family member of a current King County employee.
Several specific provisions may also apply to your unique circumstance:
- Commercial agricultural or forestry businesses must expect to deliver product in 2020.
This program was created specifically to address the needs of businesses in unincorporated areas. The county reviewed recent financial aid programs offered by federal, state, and local governments. We found that small businesses in the unincorporated areas were underrepresented. This was particularly true for businesses in areas that have been historically disadvantaged or that are owned by members of historically disadvantaged populations.
The program has $3.5 million for emergency grants to eligible small businesses. The maximum grant to any one business will be $5,000.
If you plan to fill out this form with help from a technical assistance coach and/or interpreter, please wait until the coach and/or interpreter is on the phone with you before you begin.
This form will take about 30-45 minutes to complete.
When you are filling out the form, do not use your browser’s back button, refresh the page, or close your browser before you have answered all questions and submitted the form. These actions will clear the form. Any information you have already entered will be lost, and you will have to start again at the beginning.
Have the following information ready when you begin filling out the form:
- 2019 business financial information or tax return
- Washington State Unified Business Identifier Number (UBI #)
- North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)/Business Activity code (this can be found on your business tax return)
See Grant application resources on this page to download and print a paper copy of the application form or download a list of places where you can pick up a printed application form.
Fill out and submit the application—postmarked no later than Friday, July 10—via U.S. Mail, FedEx, or UPS to the following address:
Small Business Assistance Program
King County Local Services
201 S Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
As an alternative to mailing, you may scan your completed paper application and send it by email—no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 10—to firstname.lastname@example.org.