The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie received $50,000 in relief funding. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Railway Museum

The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie received $50,000 in relief funding. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Railway Museum

Snoqualmie, North Bend divvy up CARES funding

The two cities received hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of which will go to local businesses.

Snoqualmie is allocating $435,000 in funding to local businesses and organizations to assist them trough the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding is part of the COVID-19 Snoqualmie Rapid Relief Program. Of the funding, $410,000 will be reimbursed to the city from the federal CARES Act. The remainder of the money is coming from King County, including $5,000 directly from King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert’s office.

The city is paying out funding to 76 organizations beginning the week of July 13.

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson said the city decided to give all of its share of the CARES funding to small businesses and nonprofits. Many of the community organizations provide food, senior services and children services.

“Those agencies provide services that, as a small city, we are unable to provide,” Larson said in a statement. “We are grateful for the additional funding from King County and Councilmember Lambert.”

The Northwest Railway Museum received the most funding at $50,000. The historic museum has reopened its bookstore with a limited capacity. But much of the museum remains closed until the county reaches Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen the state’s economy.

Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, Trail Youth and Helping Hands Backpack Program will receive $10,000. Several restaurants will receive $9,000 payments and the Mt. Si Senior Center will receive $7,500.

Other grants have been or will be awarded. Applications for King County grants are being accepted through July 17. Businesses will be reimbursed for up to $5,000 in rent, utility payments or payroll expenses.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is additionally accepting grant applications specifically for child care facilities. Awards could reach $100,000 per grant. The first round of applications was due July 13, but a second round is expected in August and September.

The pandemic has been hard on local businesses. Larson estimated the city is expecting to see a 75 percent drop in sales tax revenue for small businesses in the city.

North Bend

North Bend also received CARES Act and county funding. The city will provide $183,600 to 50 businesses. Like Snoqualmie, North Bend could have used all of the funding on government agencies.

The city received $208,000 from the CARES funding, and an additional $10,600 from King County. It accepted the funding on June 2.

“Our local businesses and organizations have suffered extreme financial hardships over the past several months and are struggling to stay afloat. The success of our economy is largely dependent upon their success,” North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland said in a statement.

The city will send its funding out within the next two weeks.

Other cities that will receive funding include Carnation, which was given $66,600. King County received some $260 million.

Transit agencies in the region got a slice of the pie. Agencies in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties will be receiving a portion of $538 million set aside in CARES funding. But much more will likely be necessary to fully fund regional transit.

King County Metro alone is facing a roughly $400,000 revenue shortfall over the next three years due to the pandemic.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Business

Stock photo
Grocery store workers have right to wear Black Lives Matter buttons

National Labor Relations Board ruling against ban by Kroger-owned QFC, Fred Meyer

Sno-Valley Chamber CEO Kelly Coughlin; Lucas Haines, Volition Brewing owner and current President of the North Bend Downtown Foundation; North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland; Rob and Laurie Wesorick; Celeste Coxen; Wendy and Chris Stone. For information on this new venue, contact Chris Stone at
Pearl and Stone Wine Company opens tasting room

Pearl and Stone Wine Company’s new tasting room held its grand opening… Continue reading

Big Island Poke in Renton (courtesy of The Intentionalist Facebook page)
Small-business advocacy group wants you to try minority-owned businesses and put it on their tab

The Intentionalist is opening up $400 tabs for folks to use this weekend at select businesses.

Wells Fargo opened a new bank branch July 29 at 250 Bendigo Blvd. S. in North Bend. Pictured left to right: SnoValley Chamber Executive Director Kelly Coughlin; Wells Fargo employees David Vu, Zuleyka Corro, Chris Hansen (back row), Roselyn Osuagwu and Jacob McBride; North Bend Councilmember Mary Miller and North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record
Wells Fargo opens new branch in North Bend

Wells Fargo opened a new bank branch July 29 at 250 Bendigo… Continue reading

Here’s how Buckshot Honey got its name

Snoqualmie business celebrates first anniversary after opening during pandemic.

Eastside King County restaurant owners discuss challenges with U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene at Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond. (Photo credit: Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)
Restaurant owners discuss labor difficulties with U.S Rep. Suzan DelBene

Experienced service and kitchen staff are reportedly hard to hire as food service reopens.

Dave and Buster's restaurant and entertainment venue looks to hire 130 people to staff its Bellevue venue, set to open in August. Photo courtesy Dave and Busters.
Dave and Buster’s hiring 130 for August opening in Bellevue

Dave and Buster’s restaurant and entertainment venue opens in downtown Bellevue on… Continue reading

Contributed photo
Katie Podschwit, Dorie Ross, Kristen Schumacher, Heather Dean and Julie Chung, owners of Chickadee Bakeshop, Heirloom Cookshop and Snoqualmie Ice Cream are opening a new location in Snoqualmie this summer.
Three Valley businesses team up for Snoqualmie venture

Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Chickadee Bakeshop and Heirloom Cookshop will soon be opening in Snoqualmie.

Images of dishes from Issaquah’s Umi Cafe posted on the SMORS page. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Ho)
Facebook page promotes minority-owned restaurants across Puget Sound region

Miya Nazzaro used to be a member of Facebook pages that were… Continue reading

Fuzzy Fletcher's Buffalo Bladeworks workshop. Contributed by Fuzzy Fletcher
Former Snoqualmie mayor branches into knife making

Fuzzy Fletcher is no stranger to tools. He’s been a toolmaker and… Continue reading

North Bend’s Taste of Sno-Valley energy bars win award

Sno-Valley’s Cynergy energy bar won the New Product Award from the Specialty… Continue reading

The Moe Vegan food truck serves meals at the city of Kent’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 21, 2020. Sound Publishing file photo
King County fire marshals offer regulatory relief to food trucks

39 fire authorities have reportedly agreed to standardize fire codes and inspections.