COVID-19 Micro-Business Standup Grant Program



The Thurston Strong Micro-Business Standup Grant is offered as a helping hand to small businesses attempting to reopen or remain open under Governor Inslee’s Safe Start program. There is simply not enough funding available to “save” every business impacted by COVID-19. On the other hand, we believe small cash infusions to many employers can help small businesses gain traction as they take on the task of starting over or finding ways to operate in a new environment.

All Thurston County businesses meeting eligibility requirements will be considered. The Thurston Economic Development Council will administer the program on behalf of Thurston Strong partners. The majority of funding support has been provided by local jurisdictions (Thurston County, Cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater) through a dedicated portion of their individual CARES Act allocations. For technical assistance, contact our Business Hotline at 888-821-6652.


Expedite the safe and successful reopening of for-profit micro-businesses impacted by COVID-19.


Businesses with 25 or fewer employees (or FTE equivalent) that serve the public and require additional capital to safely reopen or fully reopen. Eligible businesses must have a physical location in Thurston County and a registered Unified Business Identification (UBI) Number.

Businesses owned by an employee, manager, officer, or elected official of any of the participating jurisdictions, or the Thurston Economic Development Council are ineligible. Businesses that have received funding through the City of Lacey or Working Washington Grant will only be considered after other eligible businesses have been awarded funds, if additional funding remains to be awarded.


Up to $1,500 per business establishment.

*Funding may NOT be used for expenses that have been or will be reimbursed by other federal funding programs (e.g. Economic Disaster Injury Loan or Payroll Protection Program).


  • Anything not associated with reopening or adapting a business that existed prior to March 1, 2020


None. But please be sure to let us know about any success stories so we can start sharing some good news with our broader community.


Applications received and reviewed on a rolling basis from inception until funding has been exhausted. Successful recipients will be notified by email or telephone as soon as possible.

To complete an online application, visit:


The following table outlines the appeal process under different scenarios where a business has been selected for a funding award.

Reason for Rejection Appeal Process or Remedy
Declined due to business being of an ineligible type for SBA funding Applicant may seek reconsideration by providing proof that business is engaged in an eligible type of business. Reconsideration to be made by EDC.
Declined due to incomplete submission of necessary documents Applicant can seek reconsideration by providing required complete documents. If documents are not available, applicant may work with EDC to determine if alternative documents are available. Reconsideration to be made by EDC.
Declined due to EDC’s evaluation the grant request does not meet the grant criteria Applicant may seek reconsideration by the EDC by providing proof that business does meet the grant criteria.
Declined due to lack of available grant funding Applicant will be placed on a wait list pending the arrival of additional recovery funding (not guaranteed).