Small Business Emergency Grant Program

MAY 2, 2020 UPDATE: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

About the Program 

Fourth Plain Forward is launching a Small Business Emergency Grant Program to help Fourth Plain Boulevard businesses through the immediate impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This program is funded by Community Foundation of Southwest Washington’s COVID Response Fund.

The program will provide $175,000 in grants to eligible small businesses located on Fourth Plain Boulevard between I-5 and Andresen, and adjacent commercial corridors. Home-based businesses operated by residents who live in neighborhoods along the corridor – like house cleaning, childcare and landscaping – are also eligible for funding (see map below). Funding will prioritize small businesses in sectors directly impacted by COVID-19-related public health requirements and are owned by historically underrepresented groups, including Black, Indigenous, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino, and all People of Color and/or women. Funding will also prioritize business owners that are unable to access other sources of local/state/federal aid, and businesses at risk of being displaced from commercial locations on the corridor. Grant funds can be used to cover expenses like rent and lease payments, payroll, working capital, and inventory. Businesses can request up to $10,000 in grant funding.

Need assistance filling out the application? Contact us at 360-947-7669.

Businesses must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Physically located on the Fourth Plain Corridor or owned by residents that live in neighborhoods adjacent to the corridor
  • Adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
  • Submit complete application materials

National franchises and non-profit organizations are not eligible to receive this grant

In addition to the eligibility requirements, the selection committee will prioritize businesses:

    • Owned or operated by historically underrepresented groups, including Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, and all People of Color and/or women ineligible for other federal, state or local aid
    • At-risk commercial renters

Applications are available for download in both English and Spanish. 

Fourth Plain Forward will assist applicants in filling out forms April 25-May 1.

Applications due by 11:59 p.m. on May 1 to 4thplainforward@gmail.com.

The Review Committee will meet to review applications on May 4. 

Decisions will be announced and disbursements made within 2-3 days. 

Language assistance can be provided by contacting Fourth Plain Forward at 360-947-7669 or 4thplainforward@gmail.

The review and selection process will be administered by Fourth Plain Forward. All applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of Fourth Plain Forward board members and staff, Fourth Plain residents, and representatives from Fourth Plain Coalition partners. Decisions will be made by May 4 and distributions made within 2-3 days. 

To be considered, please submit all required materials:

  1. Application form
  2. One month budget prior to COVID-19 impact

FAQ

Is my business in the target area?

  • Look at this map:

Can I get help filling out the application?

Yes, staff are available to answer questions and help applicants navigate the application process. Businesses with questions should contact Sydney Johnson, Fourth Plain Forward’s District Program Coordinator at 4thplainforward@gmail.com.

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