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Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant 2.0

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) is initiating a Request for Proposals (RFP) from agencies and organizations to administer components of an economic support funding program to address COVID-19 impacts in Spokane County.

In partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce via the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant 2.0, this funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury through the CARES Act to assist small businesses and non-profit economic development organizations. This funding is for costs incurred due to COVID-19 during the period of March 1, 2020, through November 15, 2020. The funding is intended to assist planned economic development and recovery activities for Spokane County, or reimburse past services.

To be sure that this is a competitive application pool, and to ensure a fair and equitable distribution process, we have initiated this RFP for COVID-19-related economic development programs. Your organization must meet all the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Organization must have been formed as a 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6) non-profit entity with the Washington State Secretary of State and United States Internal Revenue Service.
  • Organization is actively working with Spokane County small businesses (defined as those with fewer than 10 employees) to increase opportunities for economic assistance and navigate impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Organization has been impacted by COVID-19 and has not received any CARES Act funding to date.
  • Organization will allocate awarded dollars to expenses connected to the COVID-19 emergency, “necessary” to continue business operations. The organization agrees that any awarded dollars will not fill a shortfall in government revenues (i.e. taxes, licenses, state, county, federal and/or city fees).

The total amount available through this funding process is $150,000 and no individual grant award will exceed $50,000. The selection process is designed to ensure that grant applications submitted for funding under this RFP are evaluated based on a fair, equitable, transparent, bias-free, and timely process. 

All applications shall be submitted electronically, prepared using the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant 2.0 RFP, provided October 5, 2020 on GSI’s website

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact GSI at with questions or for technical assistance.

Alisha Benson
Chief Executive Officer

Gary Ballew
VP Economic Development


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The application period for the OPENTogether Small Business & Non-profit grant is now closed. 

  1. All small businesses and non-profits that applied by 11:59 pm on Monday, Aug. 10 will receive an email updating them on the status of their application by the close of business Friday, Sept. 4.
  2. Small businesses and non-profits that applied between Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 5 pm and Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 pm will receive email notification by Wednesday, Sept. 30.
  3. Grant checks will be mailed beginning Friday, September 4 and will continue for at least two weeks. Those that applied between Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 5 pm and Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 pm will begin to receive checks starting Monday, Oct. 5.  
  4. For priority response to questions/inquiries, send an email to
    • You may leave a message at 509-624-1393, however, we anticipate a high volume of calls. Responses to voicemail may be significantly delayed



Be Safe. Be Open.

Prepare now to open and know the requirements and guidelines for your business.

Spokane Regional Health District Guidance for Return to Work

Statewide Mask Mandate

Employer Contact Tracing Guide 

AWB List of Businesses Eligible to Open Thus Far 

Safe Start Plans and Guidance For ReOpening

Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) Baseline Return to Work Recommendations

Washington Safe Start Checklist

Washington State Coronavirus Response

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) General Requirements and Prevention Ideas for Workplaces and General Workplace Requirements, a Summary

Back-to-Work Toolkit - Joint project led by Madrona Venture group alongside the Seattle Venture Community, Leading Tech,
Retail and Aerospace Companies in the Region and the Seattle Metropolitan and Bellevue Chambers of Commerce.

AWB Small Business Toolkit

PPE Training Videos: Handwashing, Gloves, Masks, Hand Sanitizer 

Which Mask for Which Task   

L&I Workplace Guidelines 

CDC Reopening Guidance

Where do I get PPE and supplies?

These local companies are supplying PPE and supplies for your business.
If you are a local business providing PPE or supplies, contact us to add your business.

Mountain Dog Sign Company - Counter shields, face shields, floor stickers

Proforma - Personal protective equipment, sanitation supplies, gloves, shoe covers, disposable gowns, floor/distancing dots and signage, touchless thermometers

Mojo Print Solutions - Digital thermometers, hand sanitizer, variety of masks and other PPE supplies

Encore Vision - Masks, face shields (shipped orders or local pickup at 7826 N. Market St., Spokane)

Zome Design - Disposable and reusable masks, face shields, neck gaiters, counter shields/splash guards, touchless thermometers, floor decals, signage, gloves, sanitizers 

Inland PPE - Masks, disposable coveralls, face shields, goggles

PPEUSA - Masks, hand sanitizer and a variety of other PPE

Spokane Sunscreen - Counter shields, floor and business entrance decals

AWB Marketplace 
Have PPE or other related supplies to sell? 
Click here to be added as a resource and sell your products statewide!

 FEMA PPE Exchange

Bess International

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