Resources for Businesses and Workers impacted by Coronavirus epidemic



  • On March 27, the CARES Act was officially signed into law, providing the largest emergency aid package in history. Benefits available to businesses include:
    • Loans and loan forgiveness for small travel businesses
    • Federally backed financial assistance for impacted businesses
    • Tax relief to mitigate losses and spur recovery
    • Grants for impacted tourism businesses and airports


More guidance on these programs and how to apply is expected from the U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. Small Business Administration in the coming days.


  • Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund: Up to $5 million will be made available as small grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. The state Department of Commerce will coordinate an application process. More details to come.


  • Business Impact NW provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, it has compiled an outstanding set of COVID-19 resources.
  • Craft3 provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions.
  • The Governor has responded swiftly with expanded benefits programs and a resource list. These include programs such as SharedWork, which provides partial wage replacement to avoid layoffs, and standby, which suspends the job-search requirement for workers to collect unemployment benefits if an employer must make temporary layoffs. You can see a chart of available benefits for various COVID-19 scenarios here.

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  • Amazon has established a Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund, which will provide assistance for businesses with a physical presence near Amazon’s buildings in South Lake Union or downtown Bellevue. 
  • Facebook has established a Small Business Grants Program to assist businesses in addressing the impacts of COVID-19. These grants will include both cash grants and ad credits.


  • The City of Seattle announced a small business relief package that includes deferred business taxes and a stabilization fund.
  • City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities, and Seattle City Light are rolling out initiatives to assist those affected by COVID-19. Together they are:
    • Offering deferred utility payments for customers impacted by COVID-19; 
    • Implementing a temporary moratorium on residential, small business, and nonprofit evictions to provide relief for working people financially impacted by COVID-19;  
    • Creating a new Arts Recovery Package to provide immediate financial relief to artists and cultural organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19;
    • Providing rent relief to tenants of City-owned facilities. 
  • Review additional programs and services for residents and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 on their comprehensive resource page.


  • All In Seattle has raised over $30 million in funds focused on supporting the following causes in our region:
    • Food security, communities and workers, small businesses, housing assistance, families and children.
  • Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund
    • Currently at $15 million to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, especially those in high-risk populations. The list of grantees to date will be made available on Monday, March 30. 
  • Keep Workers Healthy & Safe Fund
    • Seattle Metro Chamber has set up a fund to help small businesses (under 200 employees) meet immediate cash-flow needs. Businesses can apply for reimbursement for the costs associated with providing healthcare to employees or protecting their employees from coronavirus.

Resources for Organizations and Artists

Funds for Organizations and Artists 

  • 4Culture has established some new tools and guidelines for its grantees. If your arts or cultural organization receives sustained support from 4Culture, you may be able to invoice early.
  • 4Culture  started a Cultural Relief Fund with $1 million to be distributed over the coming months.
  • The City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture is supporting two artist relief funds.
  • ArtsFund has started a relief fund enabling arts organizations to retain the core functions and staff they need to reopen when possible.
  • Artist Trust also has a relief fund that provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists.


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