Funding Resources

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applications OPENS April 8

National informational webinar to review application process on March 30

COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Small Businesses  OPENS March 29

Working Washington Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures.

Priorities for funding are:

  • Businesses required to close.
  • Businesses with lost revenue as a result of closure.
  • Businesses with added expenses to maintain safe operations.
  • Equitable distribution of grant funds across the state and to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.


Third Places Fund through the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP)

The grants are designed to support the rehabilitation of historic properties and foster economic development in rural
communities by funding capital preservation projects for historic sites used as Third Places.

Properties must be a “Third Place” which is defined as Physical locations which strengthen social connections, build community, promote informal gathering, and contribute to the local economic “ecosystem.” This includes but is not limited to historic theaters, community centers, churches, libraries, museums, retail establishments, cafes/restaurants, bars, salons/barber shops, etc.

  • Properties must be rurally located, which is defined as a population of less than 50,000.
  • Properties must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places—either individually or as part of a district—or become listed by the conclusion of the grant project.
  • Eligible applicants include private property owners, non-profits, tribal governments, and local governments.


The 2021 AARP Community Challenge Application Due APRIL 14

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.


Ready for Business Fund Applications will open on Monday, March 15, 2021, and close on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 4:00 PM (PST).

GSBA and Comcast Washington co-created the Ready for Business Fund in 2020 to support small businesses. We are now entering our second round of the Ready for Business recovery grant cycle and are fundraising for our initial goal of $150,000 to support small businesses with a focus on LGBTQ-, BIPOC-, and women-owned businesses. With increased support, we are extending eligibility to these small businesses across Washington State, and also focusing on supporting small businesses located in rural areas of Washington that often have less access to resources.


Small and/or New Events Micro-Grant

The Kittitas County Lodging Tax Committee is pleased to announce the availability of micro-grants for 2020. Grants are available for nonprofit organizations with plans to coordinate and produce an event within Kittitas County. Organizations applying should support projects with the goal of increasing non-resident visitor expenditures coming from 50 miles or further outside the county.
Potential uses for these funds include advertising through print, electronic, and web advertising, publications, and/or marketing collateral. Funding may also be considered for event operations upon approval of the Kittitas County Lodging Tax Committee. The Micro-Grants are funded through Kittitas County lodging tax funds and are administered through the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.
Completed applications should be sent to the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin at [email protected] or the Director of Tourism and Events Madison Ford at [email protected]