KIRKLAND, WA — Beginning this week, the city of Kirkland is making more funding availble to small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The grants, funded by the federal CARES Act, are available for businesses negatively affected during the second quarter of the year, between April 1 and June 30, and that meet the following qualifications:
- Small business must be located in Kirkland (including home-based businesses) with a current and active Unified Business Identification Number (UBI) and City of Kirkland business license endorsement.
- Small businesses must have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees as of April 1, 2020.
- Small businesses must demonstrate a minimum 25% reduction in gross revenues (including a reduction of at least $5,000) due to negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020 (April 1 to June 30).
- Small businesses must demonstrate a minimum of $5,000 of normal operating costs and expenses (as specified as eligible under the grant agreement) during the qualifying period (second quarter of 2020, April 1 to June 30).
- Small businesses must not be involved in the production, processing, promotion, distribution, or sale (wholesale or retail) of marijuana and cannabinoid products, concentrates, or extracts.
- Small businesses must meet all other eligibility requirements specified in the grant agreement.
“We know that across our nation, thousands of businesses are shuttering their doors permanently,” Councilmember Amy Falcone said. “The City Council is dedicated to taking meaningful steps to help out community survive. This grant program is another step in a series of actions to address immediate financial challenges our small businesses are facing during this pandemic.”
The application window is open until Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. According to city officials, if more than 150 qualified businesses apply, grants will be awarded randomly through a lottery system. Funds may be used for rent, utility bills, operating costs and other business expenses.
Apply for a grant online or find more business support via the city of Kirkland website.