Ellensburgcares

The City of Ellensburg has received federal CARES funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce to assist small businesses and individuals adversely impacted by the COVID-19. The City Council is dedicated to making as much of this money as possible available to support the businesses and individuals that make us the community that we are. 

ELLENSBURG RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The City of Ellensburg is dedicating $75,000 of CARES funding to support individuals who need rental assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible to receive rental assistance funds, an applicant meets the following criteria:

  • Ability to pay monthly rent was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Resides in the corporate limits of the City of Ellensburg
  • Gross household income is at or below 60% City’s median income level
  • Is responsible for household rent/lease payments
  • Does not reside in federally subsidized housing
  • Has not mispresented income, residency or other facts during the application process

One applicant/application per household. Funds distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and requests for rental assistance may be made for no more than three monthly rental periods per applicant/residential address.

Apply online and the city’s contractor, HopeSource, will help you.

THE CITY OF ELLENSBURG SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS PASSED.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY SMALL BUSINESS QUALIFIES?

To apply, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Locally owned and managed with local decision-making authority.
  • Have a current City of Ellensburg business license at the time of the grant award.
  • Been in business for at least one year from the date of application.
  • Priority is given to businesses with 10 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees.
  • Ability to demonstrate loss of income due to COVID-19.

If you answered YES to all of the above, your business may qualify.

WHAT CAN I USE THE GRANT FOR? You can use the grant funds for extra costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for example:

  • Payment of costs of business interruption caused by required closures
  • Payment of unemployment insurance costs related to the COVID-19 public health emergency if such costs will not be reimbursed by the federal government 
  • Payments for any other COVID-19-related expenses reasonably necessary to the function incurred between March 1, 2020, and October 31, 2020

WHAT THINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED WITH THE GRANT MONEY? The grant funds cannot be used for:

  • Any expense not be considered an eligible business expense by IRS rules
  • Bonuses to owners or employees
  • Expenses unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE GRANT?

If you submitted a Working Washington grant application and were not selected for funding, you need not reapply; though you may want to update your application if conditions have changed (contact Beth at (509) 925-8614 or via email). Your Working Washington application is already in the cue for consideration. If you submitted your Working Washington grant application after the grant deadline, your application, too, is being considered for funding. 

The deadline to receive applications has passed. The announcement of funding decisions is anticipated mid-July 2020.

To provide the public benefit of stabilizing the Ellensburg economy, preserving jobs, and supporting the survival of the City’s economic backbone, the City of Ellensburg is committing up to $325,000 to the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying for-profit small businesses.