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.



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

Working Washington Small Business Grant Portal Now Open

Round 3 small business grant applications are now being accepted. For businesses with less than $5M annual revenue. Grants up to $20,000. Emphasis on businesses most impacted by recent restrictions (e.g. restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, music and events venues, etc.). Visit Washington State Department of Commerce link below for details. These grants are NOT administered through Thurston Strong.

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Working Washington Grant Application Update

Up to $20,000 in emergency funding is available to Washington State eligible small businesses in Round 3 of Working Washington Small Business Grants. These grants are prioritized for businesses in sectors most impacted by the recent public health measures as well as businesses that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. Learn more about Working Washington Small Business Grants in this Washington SBDC webinar facilitated by Steve Burke, SBDC Certified Business Advisor.

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New Working Washington Business Grant and Loan Funding Announcement

This is an update to help businesses prepare for the Working Washington business grant application process that will open early next week. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced an additional $70 million for business grants. $50 million of that is for a new round of Working Washington business grants. The remainder will go toward funding all qualified businesses that applied in earlier rounds of our resiliency grant program. (NOTE: Businesses who applied for resiliency grant will not need to take any action).

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