UPDATED June 15, 2020.
This list is maintained by the Beacon Business Alliance. We continue to update this list of philanthropic, nonprofit, and government aid. Let us know if there is something we’ve missed. And please follow us on social media (@bbabeaconhill) to stay in the loop as we track this quickly-evolving situation.
Warning: Scammers are posing as either lenders or third-party providers offering to assist businesses with funding like their federal Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications. Please report scams to the Washington State Office of Attorney General, by calling 1-800-551-4636 from Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm or by completing an online claim here.
The OED is offering free technical assistance to all businesses looking to apply for an SBA loans, including EIDL, PPP, SBA Express Bridge Loan, and SBA Debt relief. Call OED at (206) 684-8090 from Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm or email OED at email@example.com anytime and receive free assistance. Interpreters available.
Communities Rise is organizing COVID-19 legal clinics for Washington State entrepreneurs, small businesses, community organizations, and nonprofits who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. You will be able to access free legal advice during a 45-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney. Request an appointment for a phone-based or video-call consultation.
Evictions of small business and nonprofit tenants in the City of Seattle for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted until Seattle’s COVID-19 Civil Emergency ends, pending the council’s approval. Seattle commercial tenants must continue making rent payments, to the extent they can, and those struggling should work with their landlords on payment plans.
The Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund supports individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field, “that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to the current public health crisis.” These neighborhoods include SoDo, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown – International District (CID). To apply for funding as an individual or an organization, visit: soundersfc.com/covid-19/relieffund. To donate to the fund, visit this page.
Small businesses, private nonprofit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises in Seattle and King County are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in low‑interest Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to offset economic losses caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Small businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis can sign up on GoFundMe to start a fundraiser for themselves. Then, local community members are able to search small business relief GoFundMe fundraisers to find small businesses they’d like to support. If a small business raises $500 on their GoFundMe and meets eligibility criteria listed below, they may be able to receive a $500 matching grant from the Small Business Relief Fund.
The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. More information for workers and businesses here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.
The City of Seattle has developed this interactive map that can help residents living in King, Pierce, or Snohomish County find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. If you are a business owner who wants to be added to this map, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development is holding weekly calls every Wednesday, from 11:00am – 12:00pm to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. A recording and notes from each webinar will be posted here.
The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit can help small businesses handle disasters.
The City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for businesses that have annual taxable incomes of $5 million or less and that pay city taxes quarterly. If you have questions, please call (206) 684-8484 or email: email@example.com.
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. Find more information about how to manage your mortgage, rent, and personal finances at the link.
The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in the region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and possible benefits.
The Office of Labor Standards has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and FAQs for both workers and employers affected by COVID-19.
The Business Resiliency Guide is a tool to help small business owners assess risks and make contingency plans that will enable businesses to recover from the immediate threat of COVID-19 as well as the disruptions that could continue.
The organization Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets (NFM) has launched this fund to assist NFM vendors only. Go here to apply for funding. To learn more about the fund or to donate to it, please visit: seattlenfm.org/good-farmer-fund.
OED has updated their pages to include COVID-19 information for both small businesses and workers: COVID-19 Business and Worker Resources.
OLS has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and FAQs for both workers and employers affected by COVID-19 at their web page here.
The City of Seattle is warning all residents that scammers are using other people’s social security numbers to fraudulently collect Unemployment Insurance. Learn more from the Washington State Employment Security Department fraud warning page. And here is What to do if your name is used by unemployment fraudsters taking advantage of coronavirus crisis.
The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is offering support to child care providers in Washington under the Child Care Development Block Grant’s CARE Act. This critical support is in the form of a grant to any licensed child care provider in Washington State that is open on the date of the grant release and providing child care. Learn more about the grant and how to apply here.
The Right Now Needs Fund provides immediate support to address the unmet basic needs of any Seattle Public School student and their family. The fund can be used to address basic needs including food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. All 102 SPS schools have a Right Now Needs Fund, and this fund is absolutely still available during this pandemic. For more information on the fund, visit: alliance4ed.org/connect-with-us/right-now-needs-fund.
The South Park-based organization Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) is offering assistance to local households. Go here to learn more about the fund. To apply, please visit: duwamishcleanup.org/ineedhelp.
The recovers.org platform is a free website communities can use to organize disaster relief. These Central District community advocates have launched this Homer Harris Hub recovers.org site to connect individual volunteers and community organizations with local needs. Go here to learn more about support. To apply, please visit: homerharrishub.recovers.org/needs/new.
The national One Fair Wage campaign has launched this emergency fund for service workers experiencing hardship during this COVID-19 pandemic. To donate to the fund or to apply for aid, please visit ofwemergencyfund.org/help.
The Plate Fund (#ThePlateFund) provides immediate, one-time payments of $500 to the most impacted restaurant-industry workers. “For many, these payments can help “bridge the gap” between the time they received their last paychecks and when they can access federal stimulus payments and/or unemployment insurance benefits, which can take weeks or months. For others, this may be the only money they receive.” To learn more and to donate to the fund, visit: theplatefund.com.
The Unemployment Law Project is a legal aid organization that offers advice and free/low-cost legal representation to people whose unemployment benefits claims have been denied or challenged by the employer. They also offer help to workers who need to file, but do not have access to a computer. More information is available at: unemploymentlawproject.org/covid-19.
Community members have started this Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund. They are prioritizing “the people in our community who are ineligible for government assistance, then will focus on those who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and immunocompromised.” To donate to the fund, please visit: gofundme.com/f/seattle-hospitality-emergency-fund. Wellspring Family Services is administering this fund. To apply for aid, please visit wellspringfs.org/shef.
Freelance artists and those interested in supporting the independent artist community can go to this site for regularly updated resources.
The United Way of King County has put together a list of resources for workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This list includes links to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and other free and reduced programs in and around King County.
Both Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance and Washington Initiative 1433 establish local and statewide paid sick leave for hourly employees working in Washington state. In Seattle, the law requires employers to provide all employees with paid sick and safe time. This includes full-time, part-time, temporary, exempt, and nonexempt employees. Please call the Seattle Office of Labor Standards at (206) 256-5297 or visit the Office of Labor Standards.
The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help workers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. Workers can check their eligibility here. And now, $600 will be automatically added to weekly Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim payments this week, and people who were self-employed, including gig-workers and Uber and Lyft drivers can apply for UI. To apply, you must first create an online SecureAccess Washington account here.
WorkSource is the “one-stop” system in Washington state that offers employment and training services. No fees are charged for any of the services offered. You can learn more about how each WorkSource office has adapted to delivering services to jobseekers. WorkSource has also highlighted opportunities here for people looking for immediate work.
Arts & Culture has developed this additional resource list for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19.
The national coalition Artist Relief has created “an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.” They are distributing $5,000 grants to artists. To learn more about this fund, visit: artistrelief.org. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, visit: artistrelief.submittable.com/submit.
This fund provides rapid response grants supporting the critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19, and the City of Seattle invested $50,000 in this fund. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, visit: artisttrust.submittable.com/submit.
Pike Place Market busker Jeannie Rak has started this fund to support the street performers of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. All of the funds raised will be distributed to Pike Place artists in need. To learn more about or to donate to the fund, please visit: freefunder.com/campaign/busker-relief-fund.
The Office of Economic Development has updated their pages to include COVID-19 information for both businesses and workers.
The Office of Labor Standards has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and FAQs for both workers and employers affected by COVID-19.
The City of Seattle, King County, and UW Medicine are now offering free COVID-19 testing for people who live, work, or regularly visit Seattle. Drive-through testing is available. You must first register online or over the phone. While testing is free, if you have medical insurance, please bring your insurance card or proof of insurance. Language interpretation is available. To learn more about these sites, please visit the City of Seattle COVID-19 Free Testing page.
Public Health – Seattle & King County is regularly updating their list of free testing sites located all over King County, which also includes community health centers and UW Mobile Clinics. Language and mobility access varies by location. Learn more at Public Health – Seattle King County’s website.
Free walk-up COVID-19 testing is now available at the Rainier Beach Atlantic City Boat Ramp (located across from Rainier Beach High School) every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. No appointments are necessary, and registration will be on-site. The site has the capacity to test 100 people per day. You will not be asked for your citizenship or immigration status.
Stay informed on the COVID-19 outbreak. Sign up for free email alerts to learn when significant information has been posted to the site.
The City of Seattle has conducted an extensive accounting of every City-funded hygiene resource available. As of May 20, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, The Seattle Public Library, and city-sponsored day centers account for more than 165 locations where hygiene resources are available, including 89 24/7 hygiene facilities that include toilets. Human Services Department’s hygiene mapincludes all locations that are open and will be updated weekly.
Seattle and King County announced a Health Directive for all workers and residents to wear cloth face coverings in all indoor public settings and outdoor public spaces where maintaining social distancing could be difficult. You can learn more about how you can access free or low-cost masks here.
Help prevent the spread of infectious diseases with CNAs Handwashing guide on the proper steps for handwashing (website provides a range of information and training materials for Certified Nursing Assistants nationally).
Crisis Connections runs a toll-free, 24-hour helpline at 1-866-427-4747 to connect people in physical, emotional, and financial crisis to services that will be of assistance. They help to reduce immediate emotional distress and defuse crises for individuals, families, and community members and reduce the immediate risk of violence to one’s self and others. The helpline also increases access for mental and emotional support services.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Seattle operates a mental health referral and information helpline (call 206-783-9264 or text 206-207-7765) to connect callers to the support and resources that they need. NOTE: This helpline is not a crisis line, as they are not equipped to assist you with crisis intervention. More information about their helpline and list of resources here.
Run by the organization Crisis Connection, the WA Warm Line is a confidential peer support line for those experiencing anxiety, loneliness, etc. They are available: Mondays – Fridays from 5 – 9pm and weekends from 12:30 – 9pm.
In response to the impacts of COVID-19, the Washington State Department of Commerce is providing free temporary, emergency internet access for Washington residents who do not have broadband service in their homes. The free community Wi-Fi is accessible at hotspot sites across the state. You can find the nearest hospot site near you at the Washington State Drive-In WiFi Hotspots Location Finder.
Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country is available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
The nonprofit technology access organization InterConnection is offering refurbished laptops starting at $109 for low-income residents. You can register and purchase at connectall.org.
Effective Monday, March 16, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.internetessentials.com for more information. Also, $150 refurbished laptops are available to Internet Essentials customers. You must complete an application here by June 30, 2020.
Wave Broadband will offer free internet and WiFi for 60 days to all qualifying low-income households, especially students in low income households, who don’t already subscribe to Wave internet service and who enroll in the new Internet First program. The program is open to new Wave or Wave G customers living in a Wave or Wave G service area. You must complete the application here by May 31, 2020.
Residential evictions for nonpayment of rent have been temporarily halted. For more information, you can access this FAQ.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) , Seattle City Light (SCL), and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) are all waiving late fees and will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle. SPU and SCL customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, regardless of background or immigration status, can request a deferred payment plan. SPU and SCL recommends that customers should as soon as possible call (206) 684-3000 or send an email anytime at seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question.
The Utility Discount Program lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60 percent and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50 percent. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to this site.
The Washington State Department of Commerce is providing up to $1,000 in rental assistance and up to $500 in energy assistance for households that qualify for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This crisis funding will be distributed through Commerce’s statewide network of community action agencies. You can find a list of King County agencies you can apply to for funding here.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to temporarily suspend foreclosures. For details, please see this FHFA release here.
The federal government has waived two months of payments and interest for many student loan borrowers. You must contact your loan servicer to request a waiver and to make sure that your loan is eligible. For details, please see this Department of Education release here.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is administering the Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in response to the COVID-19 emergency. DCAP is designed to provide emergency assistance with natural disasters in mind, like wildfires and flooding and is now available due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DCAP is available for one month, in a 12-month period, to all Washington families and individuals, who meet income and resource rules and who are not eligible other cash programs. You can apply by calling (877) 501-2233, (where operators have access to interpreters) or by applying online at WashingtonConnection.org. More information about DCAP here.
Ask your mortgage lender, auto loan provider, student loan provider, or credit card companies about hardship plans or loan forbearance as soon as possible. This could include waiving certain fees and/or delaying or adjusting payments.
You can also talk with a National Foundation for Consumer Credit certified financial counselor about strategies for reducing mortgage, auto loan, student loan, and other debts at 1-844-359-3834 or by visiting: nfcc.org.
Refugees, Special Immigrant Visa/SIV holders, and Cuban-Haitian Entrants are generally eligible to receive RCA/RMA benefits for a maximum of eight months from their documented date of entry. Asylees, victims of trafficking, and other humanitarian immigrants are generally eligible to receive RCA/RMA benefits for a maximum eight months from the date of the granting of their immigration status. Due to a policy change in response to COVID-19, an eligible person may receive RCA and/or RMA benefits through September 30, 2020. Clients currently on RCA or RMA who continue to meet program eligibility requirements had their benefits automatically extended through September 30, 2020. Other clients may be eligible to reapply and receive benefits through September 30, 2020, if their eligibility date falls between April 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 and continue to meet all other program eligibility requirements. More information here.
The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has launched this fund for undocumented individuals or families with undocumented members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the fund and to apply for aid, please visit: undocuscholars.com.
The Washington Dream Coalition, in partnership with Scholarship Junkies, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network are fundraising through Scholarship Junkie’s 501(c)(3) GoFundMe and other avenues to provide emergency and preventative financial relief to undocumented individuals that are at financial risk. To apply for financial support or to contribute to the fund, visit: scholarshipjunkies.org/relief.
The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, el Comite, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project compiled this new information guide for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services listed on this page: welcoming.seattle.gov/covid19publiccharge.
The national organization Immigrants Rising is regularly updating this list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate this COVID-19 pandemic. You can read through their comprehensive list here.
WAISN has transitioned its immigration enforcement hotline (1-844-724-3737) into a COVID-19 helpline for immigrants. They can help you identify support programs for:
The Seattle Human Resources Department developed this interactive Food Resource Map that shows the locations of food banks, free meals, and student to-go meal pick-ups. You can access the visual map here or an interactive list of food resources. There is also a screen reader accessible version, where you can enter your address or use your device location to search for the food resources near you.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is distributing lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday at 26 school sites throughout the city. These 26 sites will become central locations for family and student resource distribution. Lunch distribution sites can be found on the SPS Student Meals page. Under the Governor’s “Stay Home” order, students are permitted to leave their homes to pick up meals.
SPS is also providing student meals by bus Monday through Friday throughout Seattle. Please refer to this SPS bus route map and schedule to determine the timing of the route or the school closest to your family. The Student Meals by Bus map and schedule can also be found on the SPS Student Meals page. All SPS students can participate in the meal programs.
Families with students at Chief Sealth, Evergreen, Rainier Beach, and Tyee High Schools can request FREE groceries delivered to their homes. All you have to do is fill out an online form with your shopping list, contact information, and when you would like your delivery. Visit FEEST Seattle for more information about this service.
Pandemic-EBT is a new and temporary food benefit to help families buy groceries for their children because schools have been closed due to COVID-19. Any child can receive P-EBT, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The only requirement is a child must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Learn more about this program and how to receive this benefit at the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Seattle Human Services Department’s Aging and Disability Services division funds year-round meals at senior centers and other venues that have been suspended due to COVID-19. However, sack lunches and food boxes are available in many areas. Home-delivered meals (e.g., Meals on Wheels) are an option for individuals age 60+ who are unable to leave their homes. Contact Community Living Connections at 1-844-348-5464 (toll-free) to get connected to services in Seattle and King County.
Seattle area grocery stores have established special shopping hours reserved exclusively for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Shoppers should continue to practice social distancing and Public Health-recommended hygiene practices. The fact-checking website Snopes.com has been tracking these store hours here.
The Emergency Feeding Program provides pre-packaged food in bags for people experiencing food insecurity. They also have a drive-thru pick up program for people ages 55 and older. More information and their application is here: emergencyfeeding.org/fresh-market-form.
Are you in need of food and unable to leave your home? United Way of King County, Food Lifeline, City of Seattle, and Metro Access are offering free home delivery of emergency food boxes across Seattle, North King County, and East King County during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are actively working to expand this program to South King County. To request a food box, fill out this online form, or call us toll-free at (833) 540-0800, Mondays to Fridays from 11 AM – 4 PM.
Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door. There is no need to enter the facility. This is open to anyone of ANY AGE. SODO Community Market is located in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood at 1915 4th Ave S, near the corner of 4th Ave S & S Holgate St. More location and transportation information can be found here.
The grassroots coalition South King County & Eastside COVID-19 Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group is coordinating grocery drop-offs for “survivors, sick & disabled, immunocompromised, undocumented, black, queer, indigenous, and or people of color.” The request form can be found here.
This Google Document, which is labeled as a “Living Document” lists organizations and programs offering free food access is updated daily by a community member.
These organizations are coordinating volunteers who want to help each other during this outbreak:
These links provide more helpful information.