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The grant application period is now CLOSED. 
King County expects to notify applicants by August 14th of award status.

King County is providing one-time grants as economic support to certain types of organizations in King County experiencing business interruption caused by the required closures of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This program is tailored for organizations that draw tourists and are facing unexpected interruption due to the COVID-19 closures. Through these grants, King County seeks to ease the economic burden on three types of organizations resulting from the second-order economic impacts associated with the COVID-19 required closures : science organizations; arts, culture, and science organizations that provide educational programs; and, independent live music venues . This program is designed to facilitate compliance with public health safety measures so that organizations are positioned to safely resume activities when allowed to do so. 

Providing grant funds will help facilitate compliance with the public health safety measures by these organizations as they reopen in support the county’s economic recovery, attract tourists, and enhance the quality of life for all King County residents.

The application window begins on July 10 and will remain open until July 27 at 5 PM. Apply at any time within that time frame. A panel will review applications starting on July 28. King County will notify you within 10 business days after the application period ends about the status of your application. 

Grant sizes will vary. Funding will be determined based on the number of applications received, the number of organizations that meet of selection criteria, and availability of funds.

Grants may be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption for expenditures incurred from March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 such as payroll, rent, mortgage payments (excluding property taxes), healthcare insurance for employees, and utility expenses necessary to sustain the business during and after the public health emergency. The grants may also be used to facilitate compliance with public health safety measures for expenses that are necessary for the organization to prepare for safe reopening, including items such as purchase and installation of plastic barriers and floor markings, or public outreach and education materials designed to communicate safe reopening practices and information.

Grant funds may not be used for any expenditures already covered by any grant, subsidized loan, insurance policies of any type of coverage, or any reimbursement or relief program related to or administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).

Need help filling out this application?


To get help filling out this application or if you have other questions about these grants please call (206) 296-1608 . An operator will help you or you can leave a voicemail with your name and phone number. If you need an interpreter, please also tell us what language you speak. The technical assistant will call back with an interpreter within two business days.

Application Instructions:

  1. Complete application below. Use additional pages if needed; should not exceed 10 pages.
  2. Email completed applications to: COVID19.Tourism.Support.Grants@kingcounty.gov 
  3. Email questions to address above.

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Science organizations that draw visitors to the area


  • Experiencing business interruption caused by the required closures of the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Nonprofit science organizations located in King County
  • Provide science and nature exhibits, events, and conservation programs
  • Draw visitors to the area
  • Serves or is located in historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by inequities and discrimination

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Application





Deadline:
5:00 PM
July 27, 2020

 

Arts, culture or science organizations that provide education programs and draw tourists to the area


  • Experiencing business interruption caused by the required closures of the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Nonprofit organizations located in King County
  • Support students through: art and/or culture programs or courses; science education, science programs and/or extension courses
  • Draw visitors to the area
  • Serves or is located in historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by inequities, discrimination, and COVID-19


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Application





Deadline:
5:00 PM
July 27, 2020

 

Music Venues that draw visitors to the area


  • Experiencing business interruption due to the COVID-19 related closures
  • Independently owned or nonprofit live music venues located in King County
  • Under 1,000 person capacity
  • Have live music performances at least an average of 3 /week, including DJs who compose sets
  • Draws visitors to the area
  • Serves or is located in historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by inequities, discrimination, and COVID-19


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Application





Deadline:
5:00 PM
July 27, 2020


Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes. Check the box to indicate which grant categories the application is being submitted for consideration. Organizations can use the same application for science and arts, culture, or science education categories or submit additional applications. 

Please submit a separate music venue grant application if your organization is applying for funds from that category.

Science organizations: $1 million

Arts, culture, or science organizations that provide education programs: $250,000

Independent music venues: $750,000


A panel will score applications and recommend funding levels to the Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget who is responsible for the grant process and awards.


Information that demonstrates the organization or business meets the criteria outlined in the application materials.


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