Federal CARES Act Small Business Emergency Grant Program

The Seattle Metro Chamber, which serves as the King County Associate Development organization, is working to ensure that $580,000 in federal funding reaches king County small businesses.  This is part of the $10 million that Washington state received for small business support from the federal CARES Act.
  • Awards of $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 are available to small businesses within King County

    • If your business is outside King County, check with your County's Associate Development Organization

  • Enough funds are available to award 60-115 businesses/organizations within King County

  • This grant award is taxable income

  • This grant is open to small businesses and 501 (c)(6) non-profit business service organizations (i.e. chambers of commerce, direct marketing organizations, tourism bureaus)

  • Priority will be given to applications that fall within these categories: 


Your business ​is eligible to apply if you meet all the following requirements

Your business is within King County and has (20) or fewer full-time-employees OR you are a

non-profit business service organization that is a 501 (c)(6) and your within King County.  If you are a non-profit business service organization, you may have over 20 full-time-employees and still be eligible

Your business has (20) or fewer full-time employees (if you are a 501-c-6 non-profit business service organization, you may have over 20 full-time employees and still be eligible)


Your business has been in operation for over a year starting from March 1, 2019


Your business has not been debarred by the federal government

Your business is licensed in Washington State, has an active UBI number and is active without issues with the Department of Labor & Industries. For tribal businesses without a UBI number, a letter or certification from the tribe recognizing you as a business is sufficient.

You have received $5,000 or less from the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG). Businesses that received funds greater than $5,000 from the WWSBEG are not eligible.​​

You can provide documentation in case of a federal audit that your requested funds of either $5,000, $7,500, or $10,000 meet the following requirements

  • The expense is connected to the COVID-19 emergency

  • The expense was incurred March 1, 2020 through November 15, 2020

  • The expense is “necessary” to continue business operations

  • The expense is not filling a short fall in government revenues. (i.e. you are not using the grant to pay  taxes, licenses, state, county, federal and/or city fees)

  • The expense is not funded by any other funder, whether private, state or federal. Your company may not be reimbursed by multiple funders for the same cost (double-dipping), and this principle also applies to any recipients of CARES funding: No duplicate payments or supplanting of other costs are allowed.  In other words, if you have already received funding to cover JUST your April rent, you may not count your April rent as an expense towards this program, but you may use this funding to cover rent other months between March and November of 2020, that were not already covered.

  • Your business wouldn’t be requesting assistance with expenses if it had not been impacted by COVID-19.


  • MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14 at 8:00am Pacific time : Application process will open.

  • MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28 at 5:00pm Pacific time : Application process will close.

  • TUESDAY OCTOBER 6 : Grant recipients will be notified via email.