A crowd listens to Angela Donaldson, president of the Fall City Community Association, give a speech about the new grant program, outside Aroma Coffee in Fall City.

A crowd listens to Angela Donaldson, president of the Fall City Community Association, give a speech about the new grant program, outside Aroma Coffee in Fall City.

Small business grant program unveiled in Fall City

A new COVID-19 relief initiative, targeting small businesses in unincorporated King County, was announced Wednesday.

County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled the new “Revive and Thrive” initiative during a speech outside Aroma Coffee in Fall City. The initiative directs $4.5 million to small businesses located in unincorporated parts of the county, including Fall City, White Center, parts of Federal Way and others.

“We have great cities, like Fall City, that are ready for economic transportation,” Constantine said in a prepared statement. “Let’s enter an economy that brings prosperity to everyone that calls King County home. I look forward to making that vision a reality.”

Between July 7 and Aug. 4 business owners can apply for grants up to $25,000 to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19. The grants can be used for: rent, utilities, payroll, goods and services and other Covid-19 related expenses.

To be eligible, businesses must be located in an unincorporated part of the county, have 30 or fewer full-time employees and have an annual gross revenue of less than $3 million.

“Without the covid assistance grants, Fall City would not be in the position it is today,” said Angela Donaldson, president of the Fall City Community Association . “We’ll be able to support business [and] we’ll be able to improve our town.”

This is the county’s second grant program provided to small businesses during the pandemic. In 2020, grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 571 businesses, totaling nearly $3 million in aid.

Business owners looking to apply for the grant program can visit: bit.ly/36hZjLd.


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