Q: Who can apply for the Round One grant from the Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund?
A: Small businesses and small nonprofits who fit the following criteria are eligible to apply for Round One:
- “Brick and Mortar” commercial businesses or small nonprofits serving customers and constituents in a premise that is open to the general public.
- Current business license number with the City of Kirkland
- Demonstrated negative financial impact from COVID-19
- 25 or fewer FTE (full time equivalent) employees
Q: How much money is available?
A: $250,000 seeded by Google.org is available for funding Round One. The fund hopes to have successive funding rounds as money is contributed. Contributions are actively solicited.
Q: Do you need to be a current Kirkland Chamber member in order to qualify for a grant from this fund?
A: No. Kirkland Chamber membership is not a requirement to qualify.
Q: Do you need to have a current Kirkland business license to qualify for a grant from this fund?
A: Yes. You must have a current Kirkland business license to qualify.
Q: Are the grants awarded on a first-come first-served basis?
A: No. You may apply anytime during the application window of April 1-April 7, 2020. The timing of your submission during this window will not affect your ability to be awarded a grant.
Q: How many grants will be given out?
A: Round One grant recipients will be capped at 250.
Q: What is the dollar amount of each grant?
A: Minimum grant award = $1,000
A: Maximum grant award = $5,000
A: Equal distribution of funds among recipients
Q: What can the money be used for?
A: Grants are unrestricted and are intended as a stop-gap relief to help support rent, employee salaries, and operating costs, pending the release and distribution of anticipated federal and state aid.
Q: How will grant decisions be made?
A: The Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund aims to provide immediate financial assistance to Kirkland’s hardest hit small businesses and small nonprofits, and those suffering especially from social distancing and stay home, stay healthy directives. A committee of impartial evaluators will review applications and balance quantitative and qualitative information.
Q: I have another question. How can I contact you?
A: You can phone 971-278-1559 and leave a voicemail with your question. Questions will be answered in the order they are received.