Round 3 application process for Working Washington Small Business Grants opens next week

A total of $50 million wil be available to small businesses in Round 3 of the Working Washington Small Business grants, the Washington State Department of Commerce announced.

When the application process opens early next week, a link to the application and additional information will be posted at

These grants are prioritized for:

  • Small businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 and businesses in the sectors that are most impacted by the recent public health measures, as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. Examples include full-service restaurants, fitness centers, bowling alleys, and music and event venues.
  • Certain nonprofits may also be eligible if they have a primary business activity that falls into a similar category as noted above. Example – a nonprofit full-service restaurant or nonprofit music venue.
  • If the commerce department is able to fund all the eligible applicants from the priority pool, and funds remain, it may be able to provide grants to additional businesses or nonprofits from other sectors or who have annual revenues larger than $5 million.

The maximum award grant will be up to $20,000, and the grant can only cover expenses or costs incurred due to COVID-19 and that were necessary to continue business operations.

The online application portal will open the week of Nov. 30. The portal link will be available at Additional information about eligibility and prioritization will also be posted there. Priority will be given to applications received by Dec. 10. If the dommerce department can fund all the applicants who submit by that time, it may be able to consider applicants who submit after Dec. 10.

Here is a checklist of the information you’ll need to have ready:

  • Applicant W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number
  • Copy of valid government-issued photo I.D.
  • For tribal-member owned businesses: license or certification if business activity is conducted outside the tribal jurisdiction; letter or certification from the tribe recognizing you as a business if business activity is within the tribal jurisdiction.
  • Copy of 2019 Tax Return or other confirmation of Business Gross Revenues for 2019.
  • For businesses with a physical location, evidence of that location, such as lease, tax statement, utility bill, etc.
  • NAICS code or clear description of your primary business activity. A NAICS code is helpful, but not necessary. If you have never used a NAICS code, you can learn more here: What is a NAICS Code? and explore NAICS codesto see which one fits your business.

8 Replies to “Round 3 application process for Working Washington Small Business Grants opens next week”

  1. I wish to file for a Covid related business grant however I did not find a portal mentioned.
    I also do not have a scanner, but could fax any needed information.

    Thank you for your help.

    Gary Taylor
    Taylor Music


    1. Hi Gary — it looks like the portal for this application has not yet been implemented so I would continue to check back on the website listed. We will also let folks know if we receive word about it going live.


    2. Hi Gary, I just wanted to add that there are free apps that can use your phone to turn a picture into a PDF. Adobe PDF seems to be a great one.

      Also similar free apps can be used to send a PDF straight to a Fax machine, which is a much faster and easier way to send a fax.

      Cheers and good luck


      1. Here’s the latest, from the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC):

        We have been told by Commerce that the online portal for Working Washington Round Three grant applications is scheduled to go live Wednesday, Dec. 2, and funding will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with no county-by-county quotas. Working Washington grants are for businesses that made less than $5M in revenue in 2019.

        Highest priority will go to businesses that have been closed because of COVID-19 restrictions or are operating under capacity restrictions, including restaurants, entertainment venues or gyms.

        Details are still being worked out, but if you have questions about whether or not your business qualifies for this latest round of funding, please go to the Working Washington website, or contact your SBDC advisor for assistance.

        Again, we are told this money will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis, and that the application process will be straightforward and relatively simple.

        If you think your business could benefit from this program, please do not wait. Find out more today, either by going to the Working Washington website or contacting your SBDC advisor.


        1. It says in my email regarding the Working Washinton 3 Grant “this grant is NOT on a first-come-first-serve basis. All applicants who apply prior to December 11th, 2020 will receive the same opportunity for funding.”


  2. The portal is up now!
    If anyone needs any assistance, I am an independent bookkeeper and taking a limited number of new clients to assist with grant assistance.
    Best of luck everyone, hang in there!


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