City Launches Round 2 of Small Business Rapid Relief Program
Posted on 10/13/2020

The City of Newcastle is committed to supporting its small business community and facilitating a successful recovery from the impacts inflicted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. That’s why the City has established the Newcastle Small Business Rapid Relief Program, providing emergency grants to assist small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19.

The City distributed $70,000 worth of grants to our community during the first round. With additional funding now available, the City is re-opening the application process to new businesses. Businesses who received funding in the first round do not need to re-apply. They will still be considered for additional funding. This emergency program will provide working capital grants – in amounts generally limited to about $5,000 – to small, locally-owned businesses that meet specific criteria as detailed below.

To apply, businesses must meet the following criteria:

• Must be a current Newcastle business with a valid Newcastle business license and a brick-and-mortar storefront

• Locally owned and managed from the greater Puget Sound area with local decision-making authority

• Must have no more than 25 full-time employees

• Ability to demonstrate loss of income due to COVID-19

• Must be a business in good standing (for example, have current Newcastle business license; City taxes and fees paid; current on all State and regulatory requirements; not facing pending litigation or legal action, including Newcastle code enforcement)

To learn more about the program and submit your application, please go to newcastlewa.gov/grants.

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