Technical Assistance for Nonprofits
Many nonprofits need financial help to shore up budget deficits and cover increasing costs. It can be confusing to know where to apply and how to do it. If you’re located on the Puget Sound’s Eastside, (re)STARTUP425 can help!
(re)STARTUP425 is a collaboration by the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, and Renton to connect Eastside nonprofit leaders, small business owners, and sole proprietors with available business support resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cities have contracted with Business Impact NW to provide free, one-on-one, technical consultations to:
- Help businesses understand resources available to them;
- Prepare businesses to qualify for and access eligible grants and loans;
- Help businesses complete grant and loan applications
Recognizing that business owners may experience language barriers in the existing processes, the Team is available to assist in multiple languages through a phone interpretation service.
In addition to technical help, the website offers a calendar of relevant webinars and other resources, and a map that identifies which Eastside businesses are operating and how.
Technical Assistance from Trusted Community Messengers
Commerce is partnering with 31 trusted community organizations across Washington state to provide culturally and linguistically relevant assistance to historically underserved small nonprofits and businesses managing the impacts of COVID-19.
The pandemic has exposed numerous disparities and inequities that affect the ability of many communities to access everything from health care to worker protections to broadband.
As part of its effort to promote an equitable economic recovery, the Washington State Department of Commerce established the Small Business Resiliency Network last April.
The network’s trusted community organizations provide culturally appropriate outreach, translation, assistance and education to ensure nonprofits and business owners can find the information they need from people they trust.
It has now grown to 31 organizations serving communities in nearly 40 languages. Find an overview sheet here.
Legal Advice and Capacity Building for Nonprofits
Communities RISE helps meet urgent organizational needs and provides tools and trainings that build skills and support an organization’s long-term health. During the COVID-19 crisis, Communities Rise is providing a range of resources and support for nonprofits and small businesses. Here is a sampling:
Legal Advice: Nonprofits and small businesses who have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis can request free legal advice during a 60-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney.
Capacity Building Support: Nonprofits can request additional support for capacity-building needs such as grant writing or fundraising.
Financial Assistance – Loans for Nonprofits
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. President Biden announced program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable. SBA is currently offering PPP loans until 5/31/21.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) provides economic relief to nonprofits and small businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation of health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments. SBA is currently accepting new COVID-19 EIDL applications from all qualified private nonprofits and small businesses.
SBA Debt Relief offers debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19.
Craft3 provides low-interest loans to provides low-interest loans to established nonprofits and growing and start-up businesses – including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.
WAFdBank provides small businesses with help applying for PPP loans and help with PPP loan forgiveness.
Financial Assistance – Grants for Nonprofits
All In Seattle raises money and distributes it to organizations in the greater Puget Sound region impacted by the virus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about getting your organization listed.
All in Washington, managed by the Seattle Foundation, provides grants in three categories: Cause Funds focus on specific areas of need around hunger, youth homelessness, small businesses, undocumented workers and families, and economic recovery. Community Funds, including a new East King County Community Fund, support relief and recovery efforts in specific cities and counties as well as Indigenous and Native, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities. The All In WA Fund is an aggregated fund to address funding gaps across the state.
The ALL IN WA Vaccine Equity Initiative provides grants of $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $35,000 to support equitable distribution of vaccines by streamlining and targeting funds to trusted, community-based organizations that can conduct linguistically and culturally-specific vaccine education and outreach to those most impacted, especially in Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color. Applicants may apply for a grant of $50,000 if the proposed activities include hosting or co-hosting mobile, pop-up, or site-based vaccination efforts. Applications next close on 4/21/21 followed by another round closing on 5/5/21.
GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund provides $500 grants to businesses that raise $500 or more in matching contributions on its platform.
LISC Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund provides grants and flexible loan capital for community organizations and small businesses in historically under-invested communities.
COVID-19 Response Fund provides grants to nonprofits that work with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and its consequences.
Small Business Recovery Fund from OneEastside offers financial support plus business tools.
WA Dept. of Commerce Resources for Homeless Services Grantees provides information about emergency funding and resources for local governments and organizations to fight housing instability and homelessness.
Financial or In-Kind Assistance for Nonprofits
WeLoveMI promotes an organization’s GoFundMe page where community members can directly support organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Ways for Nonprofits to Stay Connected and Informed
Eastside Pathways has been convening calls to provide East King County community stakeholders the opportunity to connect resources and offerings as it relates to children, youth and families. Since March 2021, these meetings are being held every quarter. The next meeting will be on 6/8/21 from 10 to 11:30 am. Read more here.
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance has been convening Statewide COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Stakeholder Calls with a focus on updates from WA Dept. of Commerce, best practices and advocacy opportunities. The last scheduled call is 4/23/21 from 1 to 2:15 pm. Register here.