Q: Do I need to submit documentation (receipts, invoices, etc)?
A: Documentation is not required for this application process, but grant recipients could be subject to a Federal audit. You must be able to supply documentation for the amount requested if audited.
As a granting entity, we reserve the right to request documentation of the invoices, bills, etc. you were reimbursed for with these funds. As the granting entity, it is our responsibility to ensure to our federal partners the payments made with these grant funds have not been paid with other grant dollars from other funding entities.
Q: Is there an eligible expense list?
A: Your expenses need to pass the Cost Eligibility Test:
The expense is connected to the COVID-19 emergency.
The expense is “necessary” to continue business operations.
The expense is not filling a shortfall in government revenues. (i.e. You are not using this grant to pay taxes, licenses, state, county, federal and/or city fees)
Your company will self–attest that the expense is not funded by any other funder, whether private, state or federal.
Your business would not be requesting assistance with expenses if not for the impact of COVID-19.
The expense was incurred March 1, 2020 through November 15, 2020
Q: What if I don’t have enough expenses to reach the minimum $5,000?
A: You are subject to a federal audit for any grant funds awarded. If you do not have enough expenses that pass the Cost Eligibility Test above to meet the $5,000, you should not apply for this grant.
Q: What does “double-dipping” refer to?
A: Your company may not be reimbursed by multiple funders for the same cost, 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.
Q: Will my business need to pay tax on this grant?
A: Yes, it is taxable income.
Q: How can I find out if my company’s Department of Labor & Industries account is current?
A: You can look it up online here https://secure.lni.wa.gov/verify/
Q: What if I don’t know my UBI (Unified Business Identifier) Number?
A: You can look it up online here https://secure.dor.wa.gov/gteunauth/_/#4
ELIGIBILITY AND PAST GRANTS
Q: Can sole proprietors apply?
A: Yes. Please note, if you have no employees, when asked if your Dept of Labor & Industries is account current, please check “yes”.
Q: If I already received a PPP or EIDL loan, am I eligible for this funding?
Q: If I already received a grant from the first round of Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) am I eligible for this funding?
A: Yes, if that first round of funding was $5,000 or less. If it was $5,001 or more, you are not eligible for this grant.
Please note that the total amount received from both grants may not exceed $10,000.
If you received $2,500 already from WWSBEG and are requesting $7,500 this time, you are eligible ($2,500 prior + $7,500 this request = $10,000).
If you received $2,000 already from WWSBEG and are requesting $10,000 this time, you are not eligible, as the total is more than $10,000 ($2,000 prior + $10,000 this request = $12,000).
Q: Is the same program as Round 2 of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant?
A: Yes, the Washington State Dept. of Commerce/StartUP Washington have referred to it as such. Because the application process and eligibility parameters have changed from the first round of funding, we have renamed it for clarity.
Q: If I applied to the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG), must I reapply to this to be considered?
A: Yes, the application process is separate. Your application for WWSBEG does not carry over into this grant funding.
Q: How will I know if I am granted funding?
A: You will receive an email notification.
Q: How long will it take to receive a check?
A: If granted funds, you will receive a contract from the Seattle Metro Chamber/King County ADO. Once that contract is fully executed, it will take approximately two weeks to receive payment.
Q: How will grant money be issued? (check, ACH, etc).
A: You will receive a physical check that is sent from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (King County ADO). When the check is mailed, you will receive an email notification from firstname.lastname@example.org.