Emergency Assistance Programs & Resources
New Grant Opportunity! – HartBeat of Main Street Grant
Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded to support brick-and-mortar small businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country. Applications are now open. They will continue to be accepted until 11:59pm PT Sunday, August 23 or until 500 applications have been submitted, whichever is sooner. We will hold subsequent grant rounds to accept additional applications later this summer. Learn more about small business eligibility requirements and eligible grant expenses on our website. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Businesses in Washington State must now require face coverings for both employees and customers. Learn more here.
The governor is deploying $163M in CARES funding to Commerce to be used for rental assistance, nonprofits, and small businesses (story here).
“Second Wave” planner to help businesses prepare for ongoing pandemic impact (learn more)
Technical assistance for small business owners from culturally and historically disadvantage communities (learn more)
Jefferson County COVID-19 “Safe Start” Updates
Starting on June 1, 2020, in Jefferson County, Restaurant sit-down service and in-store Retail are officially allowed to open with conditions under Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan and Jefferson County’s Phase 2 variance application approved by the State. June 1st is when restaurants and retail enter Phase 2 in both Clallam and Kitsap Counties, which is the trigger for Jefferson County (Kitsap is open as of 5/28, but Clallam is open as of 6/1).
Local officials recognize there has been widespread confusion about this, given news coverage that both Kitsap and Clallam have received State approval for Phase 2. Accordingly, Jefferson County will not be initiating any enforcement complaints or actions against restaurants or retail establishments that open under Phase 2 before June 1 (but after Washington State approved both Clallam’s and Kitsap’s variance applications).
The important thing is that any in-restaurant dining or in-store retail that opens, even a few days “early,” be fully compliant with the State COVID-19 safety guidance (click on link), as well as the Jefferson County Health Officer’s Directive on masking (click on link).
Jefferson County in Phase 2 of “Safe Start” Reopening Plan
On May 23, 2020, Jefferson County received approval to move into Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” phased approach for resuming recreational, social, and business activities, subject to conditions. Every phase will still require social distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment in a number of workplaces. Use of a cloth face covering is required by a Jefferson County Health Officer directive on masks. Guidance and safety criteria for reopening can be found on the “Safe Start” webpage. Indoor retail sales and restaurant sit-down service in Jefferson County officially enters Phase 2 opening on June 1. Camping remains prohibited until Clallam County also opens for camping.
Jefferson County Emergency Management (DEM) has published a list of local suppliers of masks, hand cleaner, and other PPE and sanitizing supplies needed to safely operate businesses in Jefferson County. Please visit the COVID-19 PPE and Supplies Locator at https://arcg.is/1ymXrC to find what you need. Be aware that while these local businesses are doing their best to stock essential items for sale, supplies can be hard to source at present. The Locator will be updated and will remain available until finding PPE is no longer challenging.
Here is a list of local and non-local PPE Suppliers
EPA guidance on disinfectants for COVID-19: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19
CDC guidance small businesses: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/guidance-small-business.pdf
Employee screening guidance: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/Employervisitorscreeningguidance.pdf
Business Toolkit w/ signage and info: https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/business/business-signage-toolkit
Jefferson County Masking Directive signage: https://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1429/COVID-19
Port Townsend Open Streets Initiative
As part of the Open Streets Initiative, the City of Port Townsend desires to help businesses
impacted by the COVID crisis re-open safely. The program recognizes that a fundamental
requirement for safe business operations is the need for adequate – and likely additional –
space for safe physical distancing. To help ensure such space, this program to assist in
implementing the State’s reopening guidelines for each sector and utilizes the public right of
way to help expand the physical space of business. The program intended to attract residents
and visitors to enjoy Port Townsend as a safe place to experience retail, restaurants, and
recreation in our beautiful city.
Click Here for more information or to download a permit.
PPP Loan Forgiveness – the NFIB has a lot of webinars to help you with your PPP loan needs.
COVID-19 Business Insurance Info – here is a list of frequently asked questions from the Office of Insurance Commissioner.
Main Street Forward – Main Street Forward features a wide range of free resources for Main Street leaders, including recovery planning tools, guidance as it relates to Four Point activities, research, advocacy efforts, and best practices and examples from around the Network.
Need help setting up a website or need a website refresh?
The effects of COVID-19 have had an enormous impact on our business community. Having a website for an online presence is an essential part of customer service in these challenging times.
The Port Townsend Main Street Program is collaborating with the
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce to present a 1-hour workshop with Jill Andrews on setting up an easy “drag and drop” Wix website for your business. This free website workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 at 2:30 PM.
This workshop is for businesses that have old websites that need to be replaced or no website at all, this web design webinar is for beginners with no experience in web design. Using Wix web design templates, you will be able to create a simple 3 – 5 page website with relative ease. We are using Wix in this tutorial because it seems to be the easiest for drag and drop web design. No code writing! Wix templates are well designed and ready for you to insert your business information, photos, and personalized touches. (90 min webinar with time for questions)
There is no fee to attend, and membership is not required. Please reach out to email@example.com to register for this session. A passcode will be needed for meeting access and there are limited spots open for this meeting.
Small Business Relief Fund – The GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund is part of the Small Business Relief Initiative: a program supported by GoFundMe and our partners. The Small Business Relief Initiative will supply financial assistance and support to businesses across the country by providing grants, tools, and resources to help during the crisis.
Save Small Business Fund Grants by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation – The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and it’ s territories. Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the program is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers across the country as possible. Grant applications will go live at noon on Monday, April 20, 2o2o.
ArtsWa Relief Grants – ArtsWA is pleased to provide rapid-response funding to non-profit and fiscally sponsored arts groups and organizations that are facing financial hardship due to economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, in the form of grants, is provided by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Arts
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund – The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). This Fund is operated by the NRAEF, whose mission is to attract, empower, and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers.
- The Governor’s Office has a resource list for impacted businesses and employers, including filing extensions and tax assistance through DOR
- Governor Inslee’s list of “Essential Business”
- Relief for businesses and renters
- Emergency Assistance Programs & Resources
- OlyCap Relief Fund
- Washington Health Plan Finder- Special Enrollment period
- Small Business Administration Resources
- Washington State Department of Commerce Grant
- Give Jefferson COVID-19 Emergency Funding
- Kiva is an alternative source for (zero interest) loans of up to $15,000
- Economic Development Counsil – Team Jefferson: Resources for Businesses during COVID-19
- RFP for Jefferson Community Foundation Emergency Funds
- Jeffco Mutual Aid Fund -mutual aid fund for Jefferson County to support folks who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. The fund raised $1,525 in four days. All the funds are on their way to dads, moms, families, small business owners, and employees who are unable to work or lost work due to COVID-19 closures.
- COVID-19 Relief Funding options
- Expanded Unemployment Benefits & Information
Loan Programs:Port Townsend Main Street Program 2020 LENT (Light at the End of the Tunnel) MICROLOAN FUND
LENT Low Interest Loan Program for
Port Townsend Commercial Historic Districts
Upcoming Quarterly Application Dates
July 15, 2020• October 15, 2020
**Emergency applications will be reviewed in a time sensitive manner.
Purpose of LENT Funds: LENT Low-Interest Microloan Funds are a tool to offset some of the financial impacts businesses endure from emergency situations, though business development proposals will be considered. Funds are made available through the Port Townsend Main Street Program and in part through First Federal. Upon your re-payment of the loan funds, the money will be returned to the Port Townsend Main Street Program for recirculating as part of future LENT Fund microloans. For more information about the LENT Loan program, please contact us.
LION Announces COVID-19 Recovery Loan Program
LION has established a loan program for Jefferson County businesses and non-profits needing funding to deal with COVID-19 recovery. A fast track process has been established to handle the applications.
Download the LION COVID-19 Recovery Loan Application. Submit the application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LION is a network that connects business and non-profits seeking financing with over 60 local investors. Since 2006 LION members have invested in over 75 Jefferson County businesses and non-profits. LION members opted to initiate a new application route to provide emergency loans to as many non-profits and businesses as their members can afford.
LION welcomes inquiries from people who would like to become a member and increase the resiliency of our local community. Information is available here. LION is affiliated with Local 20/20 and EDC Team Jefferson.
Further information about the LION COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program can be obtained from Brian Kuh, email@example.com, (360) 379-4693.
7 Things You Can Do to Support Local Businesses by Sustainable Connections
Employment Security Department’s Scenarios and benefits infographic
Washington Retail Association has a dedicated COVID-19 resource page that includes information for employers and retailer-specific guidance.
Congressman Derek Kilmer Resources for COVID-19 relief
Department of Commerce has information about SBA loans and small business tools.