Economic Recovery Initiative

Information for Workers and Employers in Thurston County

The Thurston Regional Economic Recovery Task Force* is developing and coordinating a multi-faceted response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its specific impacts to and throughout our broader Thurston County Community.

This is a difficult period for our community, and we want you to know, you’re not alone. Local partners are coming together in an effort to figure out how we can reduce impacts today and position ourselves for a quick and effective recovery in the months ahead.

We will endeavor to provide local businesses and impacted workers relevant information through this resource site and other means as events unfold. We’re working fast to bring you information as we learn about it, so please forgive any errors or omissions and be sure to share with us any resources or solutions you think could help others.

Together, we will make it through this.

The following grants have been paused as all funding has been exhausted:
  • PPE Resources
  • Childcare Stabilization Grant
  • Nonprofit Grant
  • Restaurant-Retail Grant
Thurston Strong is processing all applications received through October 30. Grant administrators will contact all applicants regarding results. Although the current round of grant funds have been 100% allocated, we will continue to monitor other funding opportunities and announce new grants here and via email if/when available.

* The Task Force is represented by a growing number of partners, including the City of Lacey, City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, City of Yelm, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Experience Olympia & Beyond, Olympia Downtown Alliance, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Port of Olympia, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County, Thurston Economic Development Council and local Tribal Nations.



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9:30 am-3:30 pm

Washington State Pursuing Federal Lost Wages Assistance for Workers

Governor Inslee has announced that the Employment Security Department (ESD) will apply for the Lost Wages Assistance program through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) by Friday, Aug. 21. The Lost Wages Assistance program is a temporary emergency measure to provide additional unemployment benefits to eligible claimants

Upon approval, this will allow ESD to provide an additional $300 per week for three weeks to those who have lost work due to the COVID-19 crisis and are receiving unemployment benefits.

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Local Business Resiliency Videos Now Posted at New “Thurston Stories” Site

Wondering how local enterprises are getting through this difficult time?  Take a look at some stories from around Thurston County at: Or visit the YouTube channel at:

Featured businesses include Gabbi’s Cards and Comics, the Port restaurant, Orca Books and more.

Many thanks to Experience Olympia and Beyond for organizing this effort and sharing these inspirations stories of support and resiliency.

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