COVID-19 Grants and Business Resources
The Port of Columbia continues to facilitate grant programs for Columbia County businesses that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working Washington 4.0 Small Business Grant Program
The Washington State Department of Commerce sent out a press release today announcing the new Working Washington 4.0 small business grant program. The application portal will be open for 12 days starting Monday, March 29 and closing Friday, April 9th. Applications will be handled by the Department of Commerce through an online portal.
Port staff will be available to help answer questions regarding eligibility, the grant process, information needed for the application form, etc. Please call Melody at 509-382-2577 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. We have a direct line to the Department of Commerce that we can use to seek answers to your questions.
Award priority will be given in this order:
A Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal will open on April 8th. This grant program will be targeted to live venue operators and promoters, theatrical producers, performing arts organization operators, motion picture theater operators, museum operators and talent representatives who were impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying applicants who applied for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, can also apply for this grant, with the eligible award being reduced by the amount of the PPP loan.
- WA State Dept of Commerce has many COVID-19 small business resources and other helpful information.
- The WA Small Business Resources Mobilization Campaign has helpful links for small businesses.
- Working Washington 4.0 small business grant program go to WA State Dept of Commerce for more information. Click for the link to grant application portal and eligibility info is here.
- For specific information for both businesses and workers go to Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)
- Unemployment Information: Not only can laid off employees apply, but so can self-employed business
owners. You can apply online and as of now it should go through without an issue, however if it isn’t
working or it shows you as denied, call again! Persistence will be important as these programs sort
themselves out. Apply here: ESD link.
- If you have 150 or fewer employees and one of your employees takes approved Paid Family and Medical Leave, you may be eligible for a grant. Click for more information.
- The Governor’s Office has a COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers impacted, as well as guidelines organized by business sector.
- Washington State Department of Revenue is offering tax collection relief information.
- WA State Department of Financial Institutions has a page dedicated to financial resources for
Washington residents impacted by COVID-19.
- Washington Retail Association has a dedicated COVID-19 resource page that includes information for
employers and retailers.
- Washington State Department of Commerce has StartUp Washington, a page dedicated to resources for small businesses
impacted by COVID-19.
- Washington State Small Business Guidance, has a dedicated resource page for small
businesses that have been effected by COVID-19.
- Washington State Arts Commission has provided an entire page of resources for those running small
businesses all the way to self-employed artists and Washington State residents.
- Washington State Department of Agriculture offers COVID-19 resources to those in the
- The Secretary of State website contains a multitude of useful information and aid in relation to COVID-19.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers information for veterans affected during this time due to
- The Emergency Management Division of the State of Washington has a Business Re-entry Program for
businesses that need to access an area that has been declared a disaster. This is a voluntary program
that allows a business to sign up or register to be listed on a state database that can then be accessed
by local emergency management organizations making decision on granting access to impacted areas.
Visit Washington State Emergency Management Division website for detailed information and to
Columbia County Public Health is providing free masks to anyone who asks for them via either a
phone call or a walk-in. Additionally, they have provided several links to some great information and
resources on COVID-19 in our community and beyond:
- COVID-19 Resources
- Resources for Home from the CDC
- WA Department of Health
- Columbia County COVID-19 updates and additional info
Help for Individuals:
- Project Timothy provides assistance with rent, utilities, and food. Do not hesitate
to call and ask for help and share with anyone you know who may need help right now. The number is 509-382-2943.
- Columbia County Food Bank: Drive thru pick up at the old AgLink building at 207 N 3rd St, Tuesdays from 2 – 4 pm.
- Housing & Utility Relief in the Walla Walla Valley info PDF
- IDEAS FOR MAIN STREET: Dayton is part of the Main Street America/Main Street Forward which shared these resources for business owners.
- The Institute for Sustainable Development shared this document with resources for
businesses and for those of us trying to help our communities.
- JOURNALIST RHONDA ABRAMS offers 10 a.m. daily (M-F) live small business updates on her Facebook