Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants

Apply for up to $10,000 in emergency funding

NOTE: Only Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Lincoln, Pierce, Spokane, Wahkiakum and Yakima counties are still accepting applications. All applications will close at 5 p.m., Apr. 17.

Governor Inslee is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $5 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce. The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000. Due to statutory limitations, non-profits are not eligible for this grant program.


  • Small businesses that qualify for the grant program will submit applications through their local county/regional economic development organizations.
  • Emails for submitting completed applications to these economic development organizations are listed to the right.
  • County/regional economic development organizations will prioritize applications based on the severity of the impact the business is facing due to COVID-19, including from being forced to close by the government-mandated closures, social distancing measures or illness.
  • Recommended awards will be sent to the Department of Commerce for review and vetting.
  • Qualifying applications will be forwarded to the Governor for review and signature.
  • Your local ADO will administer approved awards to the successful company.
  • Awards will be approved on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on the availability of funds. The objective is to support businesses through the crisis and enable them to retain as many employees as possible.


  • Applicants should have been in business for at least one year.
  • Businesses with up to 10 full-time employees (FTEs) may apply for a one-time grant of up to $10,000.
  • Funding is not meant to help launch a business, but to support existing businesses who are specifically affected by the COVID-19 crisis and are vital members of their local community.
  • Grant recipients are eligible to receive one Working Washington Grant award during the current budget cycle, which ends on 06/30/2021.

Grant Awards

  • County/regional economic development organizations will be asked to verify the size of candidate companies prior to submission.
  • For each award, local economic/development organizations are encouraged to be judicious in discerning an appropriate and proportional amount based on necessity to the business and the business’ importance to the local community so as to ensure that this emergency resource can be utilized by companies across communities in Washington.

Application Workflow


Fill out application.



Email it to your county ADO (listed on right).



ADO reviews application.



Commerce vets recommended applications.



Governor approves and signs awards.



Funds are sent to ADO for disbursement to successful applicant.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be accepted or denied on a rolling basis. Please contact your county/regional economic development organization to assess your company’s viability and to complete an application.

Commerce will not review applications directly submitted to Commerce staff. Applications must be submitted through the local ADO.

Due to anticipated volumes, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing and disbursement of grants.

Approved grant expenditures:

  • Grant funds can used for operational expenses including rent, supplies/inventory, utility bills, etc. as well as consulting, marketing, and training.
  • Applications must include a list of proposed expenses grants will be spent on.  Applications without a list of proposed expenses will be considered incomplete. This reimbursement-based grant can assist with outstanding invoices dated March 1 and beyond.

Note that payroll cannot be reimbursed via Working Washington grant program. Please direct all payroll needs to Employment Security Department.

The following expenses are not eligible: capitalized equipment, travel, office equipment, and computer software.



  1. To apply, download the application via the link below.
  2. Save it to your computer.
  3. Fill it out as completely as you can.
  4. Save the completed form and make sure the data has been properly recorded in it.
  5. Email the completed form to the appropriate economic development organization in your county (links on the right (desktop) or below (mobile).

If you have a question about the grant program, please use the corresponding email for your county to submit it.

Need Technical Assistance?

Inland Northwest Business Alliance (regional LGBTQ+ business chamber)

La Casa Hogar (Yakima, Espanol)

Seattle Chinese International District Preservation and Development Authority
(In partnership with Friends of Little Saigon and China Int’l District Business Improvement Area)
Cantonese * Mandarin * Vietnamese

The Tacoma Urban League (African American and People of Color)

Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Si necesita ayuda, por favor llamenos al (509) 542-0933

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (Vancouver area)
Si necesita ayuda

Ventures Nonprofit – (206) 352-1945
En Espanol

Tabor Business HUB (African American & Community at large)

AHANA (Multi-Ethnic /Multi-Cultural; Spokane area)

Sister Sky Inc.

Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance (SIMBA)
Serving Eastern and Central WA underserved values-driven businesses