COVID-19

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:
  • Micro-Business Standup Grant
  • PPE Resources
  • Nonprofit Grant
  • Restaurant-Retail Grant
  • Childcare Stabilization Fund
  • Agriculture Business Grant Fund
Thurston Strong is processing all applications received to date. 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.

BUSINESS HOTLINE

1-888-821-6652

Hotline Hours: Monday-Friday,
9:30 am-3:30 pm

Washington State Business Grants Available Soon

This week, the Governor signed legislation that includes direct financial assistance for small businesses. The Early Action grant program will be administered by the Department of Commerce, not Thurston Strong. For information, visit www.commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants. The application portal is expected to open sometime in March. Please note, there are a number of restrictions that may impact your eligibility, so visit the site early to ensure you qualify and have the proper information ready. Funding will go quickly.

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Small Business Administration Tweaks Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

Adjustments to the PPP in the most current round of funding provided greater access to those most in need. A greater share of funding is now available exclusively for businesses with fewer than 10 employees, those located in rural areas and others who bank through Community Development Financial Institutions that capitalize small and minority-owned businesses. Other changes have reduced application paperwork requirements for small businesses and nonprofits and increased the amount of eligible funding for sole proprietors and independent contractors. Businesses that fall under these categories are encouraged to apply for a forgivable PPP loan in early March. For more info, visit https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.

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