Gov. Inslee announced a ban on indoor gatherings and dining on Sunday and mentioned at the time that an economic relief package was in the works.
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Originally, Inslee said $50 million was set aside in relief for businesses, but on Friday the governor said the state was able to more than double that in a package of $135 million in economic support for businesses and families impacted by COVID-19.
The breakout is as follows:
$70 million in business support grants.
$30 million for the recovery loan program.
$20 million for rental assistance, including for landlords.
$15 million for energy bills for low-income households.
Inslee thanked the Legislature for assisting in the relief package and explained that within the $70 million grants is $50 million for a new round of Working Washington grants slated for the hardest-hit industries. The remaining funds will go to the historically disadvantaged businesses that applied for earlier grants.
“This is a significant relief effort,” Inslee said. “We can’t say it will help every business in the state of Washington but we can say we’re not done with this.”
You can find more information on business assistance here.
Lisa Brown, director of the Washington Department of Commerce, says funding will be available to businesses very soon.
“We know that the uncertainty and the hardship that has been caused by the pandemic and the public health measures have put thousands of business owners and their employees in challenging times,” Brown said.
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