The Metropolis of Sequim and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce are once more partnering to make obtainable the COVID-19 Small Enterprise Speedy Aid Program (CSBRRP), metropolis officers introduced final week.
Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s Nov. 15 announcement of latest restrictions to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolis of Sequim will present $200,000 from reserve funds to supply assist to native companies.
Administered by the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, this system permits a most funding per enterprise of $15,000.
The applying window for the grant program kicked off Monday, Nov. 23, and runs by means of the tip of the enterprise day on Friday, Dec. 11.
Utility and tips can be found on the Chamber of Commerce web site at sequimchamber.com.
Town offered $310,000 in funding earlier within the yr to assist the CSBRRP.
“With the pandemic worsening and no further federal stimulus cash, we really feel that it’s vital for the Metropolis of Sequim to step up and assist companies most closely impacted by the current further restrictions imposed by the State,” Sequim Metropolis Supervisor Charlie Bush stated.
“We tremendously respect the partnership with the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce. They did a implausible job with our preliminary spherical of grants and we’re very blissful to have the chance to work with them once more.”
The grant program is meant to supply funding to assist the brick-and-mortar prices related to operating a small enterprise. Certified companies should: have lower than 50 workers; have a bodily location contained in the Sequim metropolis limits; a Sequim enterprise license as of Nov. 1; have been in enterprise for one full calendar yr, and be in compliance with all state licensing and different regulatory necessities.
Precedence, metropolis officers stated, will likely be given for companies impacted by the brand new COVID-19 associated restrictions introduced on Nov. 15, those that have registered with the Small Enterprise Improvement Council, Middle for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, SCORE or different authorized enterprise advisor, and people who have a longtime marketing strategy.
Funds could also be used to pay for program operational wants, direct companies, capital or tools prices, metropolis officers stated.
Payroll or different employee-associated prices, nevertheless, will not be lined below this grant.
Sure companies will not be eligible for this grant, together with: franchises; nationwide chains; any companies owned or partially owned by a person or instant member of the family who’s a member, supervisor or director of the chamber’s govt committee, and people companies owned by a Sequim metropolis councilor or worker.
“Chamber membership is just not required to be eligible for this grant, although we proceed to supply a courtesy membership to all freed from cost to assist collaboration and connection amongst all of the laborious working entrepreneurs, retailers and small companies in our area,” stated Anji Scalf, Government Director of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“Our mission is to assist, inform and advocate for you.”
Utility course of
Following the appliance interval, a committee comprised of the Chamber of Commerce Government Committee and one member from the Sequim Metropolis Council will evaluation the purposes and rating them with established standards.
Applicant interviews, choices and awards will likely be made inside two weeks after the appliance window has closed.
The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce is streamlining the appliance course of and would require a brand new, simplified software for this spherical of funding, program representatives stated.
For extra info or these needing help with making use of for this grant are inspired to contact Scalf at email@example.com.