Recent Updates

It’s Easier Than Ever to Get Vaccinated in Thurston County

The sooner we achieve herd immunity, the sooner we can return to doing the things we love. You can find your own personal vaccine solution by visiting the “Vaccine Locator” page. Try the Olympia example or enter your own zip code. https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/locations/98501

Also, the Washington Department of Health has extended approved use of the Pfizer Vaccine for children ages 12-15.

Upcoming THURSTON COUNTY Drive-Through Clinics:

Pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit, and motorcycles are welcome. No appointment required.

  • Friday, May 14 – 8am-12pm Pfizer clinic for age 16 and older. Drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey.
  • Saturday, May 15 – 8am-5pm Moderna clinic for age 18 and older. Drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey.
  • Sunday, May 16 – 8am-2pm Pfizer clinic for age 16 and older. Drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey.

*The Washington Department of Health still has to review/authorize Pfizer vaccines for children aged 12-15. At this time, they are ineligible for a vaccine. We will post here when information is updated.

Federal Grants Now Accepting Applications

In case you missed our earlier announcements, these federal grant programs are now accepting applications. For technical support, contact our business hotline at 1-888-821-6652.

*Childcare provider and Ag/Farmer portals are not open. We will post here when new info available.

Community Foundation 2021 Resilience Grant Now Open

The Resilience Fund was established to further address the impacts of COVID-19, strengthen our region’s long-term efforts to rebuild, respond to emerging opportunities, help nonprofits adapt, and support creative new approaches and partnerships. The Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to listen, respond, fill gaps, support those in our communities who may otherwise be left out, and fund solutions that do not fit neatly into government categories.

To support these goals, they have adopted a rolling application process and a grantmaking framework that balances the need to learn and adapt with the need to act quickly. Contact Director of Community Programs, Daisha Versaw, at daisha@thecommunityfoundation.com or (360) 705-3340 if you have questions, wish to provide feedback, or would like individual support.

Program Details per Community Foundation:

  • Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Most grant awards will range from $2,500 – $30,000.
  • Larger requests (over $10,000) may be required to submit additional narrative or budget information after initial review.
  • Applicants should expect a response from Community Foundation within three-months.
  • The Resilience Fund has raised $900,000 to date. We expect to award total funds raised over the three calendar years (2021-2023), beginning with $275,000 from May-December 2021.

Full guidelines at: https://www.thecommunityfoundation.com/resilience-fund-grants

Pfizer Vaccines Available THIS WEEK

Folks, if you know anyone who’s had a hard time securing their vaccine, here’s an opportunity: Thurston County has 800 does of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that need to be used by Thursday.

There are two remaining open clinics this week. Click the links below to schedule an appointment:

  • Wednesday, May 5: This is a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic at South Puget Sound Community College from 5pm-8pm. Pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit, and motorcycles are welcome, too!
  • Thursday, May 6: This is a walk-up vaccination clinic at the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Building, 412 Lilly Road NE, Olympia from 8:30am-12pm.

Please help us get the word out. Anyone aged 16 and older is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. The sooner we increase immunity, the sooner we can reopen the economy. On the other hand, if infection rates continue to grow, we may see further restrictions or rollbacks that impact local businesses.

New Information Posted About SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

The RRF grant will provide funding to restaurants, breweries and other eligible on-site food and beverage sales establishments to offset COVID losses and help keep doors open. Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries/microbreweries (onsite sales comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed premises of alcohol producers where public may taste, sample, or purchase products

Visit the link below to learn more about the program and sign up for updates. Registration is not yet open, but you can get a head start on collecting required info.

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund
(Spanish) www.sba.gov/restaurantes

New State Grant for Licensed Childcare Providers – Coming Soon

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) today announced an upcoming grant for eligible licensed Childcare Providers, with prioritization for providers in Communities of Concern and Child Care Deserts. Grant awards will be allocated as shown below:

Provider Type Number of children a site can serve based on licensed capacity Grant Amount
Providers who serve families accessing subsidy* 65 or less $6,500
66 or more $100 x licensed capacity ($20,000 maximum grant)
Private pay providers N/A $6,500

The portal is expected to open later this week. Please visit the link below for additional information.
https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/coronavirus-covid-19/early-learning/covid19-grant-spring21

State Nonprofit Grants Coming in May

A targeted grant fund will be offered for nonprofits by Washington State starting in May. Details and the link portal will be posted here when available.