(SPOKANE, Wash.) –Spokane County has allocated $10 million of CARES Act dollars to fund a grant program to support small and non-profit businesses with 20 and fewer employees to help offset safety and operating costs, rent and other allowable expenses. The application and administration process will be handled by the County’s Associate Development Organization (ADO), Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI).
Small and non-profit businesses with 20 and fewer employees can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to assist with operating costs and to help them reopen and stay open safely and in compliance with state and local guidance regarding precautions such as masking, sanitation and other associated employee and customer safety costs.
Chair of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners, Al French stated, “The success of our economy is directly tied to the success of small businesses in our County. Our hope is that these funds will help small businesses stay afloat during these difficult times.”
“There continues to be great need for our small businesses to be able to reopen,” GSI CEO Alisha Benson said. “We are thankful the County understands our small and non-profit businesses are the lifeblood of our community and is investing CARES Act funds to assist them.”
The application, parameters and fulfillment process are being finalized. The application period is expected to begin mid-July and will be announced publicly at that time.
*At the time this was issued, eligibility was for businesses with 20 and fewer employees. The County has agreed to increase eligibility to businesses with 49 and fewer employees in a subsequent meeting.
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About Greater Spokane Inc.
Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) is the Spokane region’s business development organization. GSI creates the place where organizations come together to advocate for the region, drive strategic economic growth, and champion a talented workforce. GSI is funded through a combination of private and public investment, including nearly 900 private-sector members; Spokane County; Washington State Department of Commerce; and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Liberty Lake, Airway Heights, Medical Lake, Millwood, Newport, and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. For more information visit GreaterSpokane.org.