Downtown Kirkland. Staff photo/Blake Peterson

Downtown Kirkland. Staff photo/Blake Peterson

COVID-19 relief grants available for small Kirkland businesses

The application will be available until Sept. 16.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 4:56pm
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Kirkland is distributing more CARES grants to small business impacted by COVID-19.

The grants are for small businesses and nonprofits that were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020, April 1 to June 30.

The grants provided through the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund do not need to be repaid and can be used for rent, utilities and normal operating costs and expenses.

Applications are now available at this link and due by Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.

“The vibrancy and diversity of Kirkland’s small businesses are vital to our city’s sense of community and its long-term economic health,” Councilmember Amy Falcone stated in a press release. “We know that across our nation, thousands of businesses are shuttering their doors permanently. The city council is dedicated to taking meaningful steps to help our small business community survive. This grant program is another step in a series of actions to address immediate financial challenges our small businesses are facing during this pandemic.”

To receive a grant, for-profit or nonprofit businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Small business must be located in Kirkland (including home-based businesses) with a current and active Unified Business Identification Number and City of Kirkland business license endorsement.
  2. Small businesses must have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees as of April 1, 2020.
  3. Small businesses must demonstrate a minimum 25% reduction in gross revenues, including a reduction of at least $5,000, due to negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020.
  4. Small businesses must demonstrate a minimum of $5,000 of normal operating costs and expenses during the qualified period, second quarter of 2020.
  5. Small businesses must not be involved in the production, processing, promotion, distribution, or sale of marijuana and cannabinoid products, concentrates, or extracts.
  6. Small businesses must meet all other eligibility requirements specified in the grant agreement.

More information on eligible expenses, ineligible expenses and restrictions on use of grant funds is located on the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund page on the city’s website.

The city will accept applications from Wednesday, Aug. 26 to Wednesday, Sept. 16. If the city receives more than 150 qualified applications, the awardees will be randomly selected through a lottery. Kirkland will announce awards as applicants are confirmed.

Questions about the grant process should be directed to, according to the city.

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