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Apply Before Dec. 11 For State Business Relief Grants

Since announcing a new round of restrictions last month, Governor Inslee authorized the Department of Commerce to administer federal coronavirus aid and support funding to highly impacted businesses. The deadline to apply for these grants is Dec. 11

Hospitality industry operations with specific North American Industry Classification System code (NAICS) have been identified as “highly impacted”. Details and the portal link can be found here. Note: The Department of Commerce website has experienced high traffic and difficulties. We are working with them to help try and alleviate these issues.

Because relief is granted on a first-come-first-serve basis (as long as all other criteria are met), it is imperative restaurant operators take advantage of this opportunity as soon as possible.

Please review the list of items you need to apply below and prepare in advance of submitting your application. The application deadline is Dec. 11.

Here is a checklist of the information you’ll need to have ready:

· Applicant W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number

· Copy of valid government-issued photo I.D.

· For tribal-member owned businesses: license or certification if business activity is conducted outside the tribal jurisdiction; letter or certification from the tribe recognizing you as a business if business activity is within the tribal jurisdiction.

· Copy of 2019 Tax Return or other confirmation of Business Gross Revenues for 2019.

· For businesses with a physical location, evidence of that location, such as lease, tax statement, utility bill, etc.

· NAICS code or clear description of your primary business activity. A NAICS code is helpful, but not necessary. If you have never used a NAICS code, you can learn more here: What is a NAICS Code? and explore NAICS codes to see which one fits your business.

Qualifying expenses include rent, mortgage payments, utilities, third-party delivery fees, to-go equipment, PPE, etc. If granted, these federal relief dollars are likely taxable. Please consult your tax professional.

You can find the Department of Commerce’s web portal for the grants here.

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