UPDATED January 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 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:
SBA is currently accepting Paycheck Protection Program PPP loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs) and lenders with under $1 billion in assets, which includes approximately 5,000 institutions, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit institutions. Lender Match can help you find a participating lender. The program will open to all lenders on January 19, 2021.
SBA also offers additional Coronavirus relief like:
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.
If you’re interested in using space on the sidewalk or street in front of your business to add a temporary café or additional retail space, or if you are a food truck or vending cart owner who would like to try out new vending locations, you will need a Street Use Permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation. These temporary permits are free.
If you have questions about the different permits available or need help with the application process, call (206) 684-8090 or email email@example.com for free help and technical assistance.
GSBA is Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. They are providing help to both GSBA members and non-members by answering questions about eligibility for the state’s assistance grants, how to fill out an application, or other forms of assistance. Learn more about GSBA Small Business Emergency Resources.
Tabor 100 is a nonprofit community organization that works to achieve economic empowerment and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. They recently launched their Black Business Equity Fund (BBEF) to provide cash grants, training, technical assistance, and other support for the Greater Seattle area Black-owned businesses. Learn more about this fund and how to apply here: tabor100.org/bbef.
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 Washington State Department of Commerce is offering culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19. Twenty partner organizations are available to help small businesses and nonprofits find and apply for resources; access translation assistance; navigate local, state, and federal resources; and more. Learn more.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org anytime and receive free assistance. Interpreters available.
The City of Seattle has partnered with Wellspring Family Services to provide one-time cash assistance to help meet the basic needs of workers in the hospitality industry impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more and to apply.
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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 recovers.org platform is a free website communities can use to organize disaster relief. These West Seattle community advocates have launched this West Seattle recovers.org site to connect individual volunteers and community organizations with local needs. Go here to learn more about support. To apply, please visit: westseattlecovid.recovers.org/needs/new.
The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has a new service: “Your Next Job” that can help you sign-up for unemployment benefits, search for jobs, apply for jobs, and learn new job skills. Through one-on-one appointments via phone, text, or online conferencing, SPL can help job seekers to be successful on career and educational pathways, including job seekers with little or no digital literacy skills and those who have limited English proficiency. SPL can provide one-on-one appointments in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian. You can call (206) 386-4636, email email@example.com, or help someone complete the intake form here at their website.
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.
Caregivers of children or adults with developmental disabilities can access information, services, and other supports by contacting The Arc of King County at (206) 829-7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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. The deadline to apply is November 18. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, visit: artistrelief.submittable.com/submit.
Artists Up is partnering with the Seattle Office of Film and Music, King County, and Mentorly (an online arts mentorship platform) to provide free, online consultations to members of the Washington State arts sector to help them connect with pandemic resources and navigate processes and forms for income assistance, unemployment, emergency services, housing, finance, taxes, healthcare, and more. To learn more, visit: artistsup.org/covid-19.
In response to COVID-19, Artist Trust has created this list of response and recovery resources for artists in Washington state. These online resources will be updated often, as Artist Trust learns more about this crisis and its impact.
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.
Northwest Folklife is committed to supporting our community’s artists and community groups. They are tracking a list of resources for financial assistance, mutual aid and advocacy, and informational support compiled from community efforts.
The publication Billboard has collected a list of resources specifically for musicians impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This long list includes both national and state resources.
This is a very large list of resources and funds organized by creative sector. It is unknown which organization or organizations is updating this list of resources.
Arts & Culture has developed this additional resource list for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19: Resources for Artists and Organizations Amid COVID-19. If you find that this resource is outdated, please check this Art Beat Blog post. They also have this FAQ for other COVID-19-related questions.
Check your COVID-19 vaccine eligibility with the DOH Phase Finder.
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.
The People’s Free Telehealth offers free and confidential care over video chat to underserved, uninsured, and under-insured populations by a team of board-certified and Washington State-licensed medical providers volunteering their time and expertise. Providers are able to speak English, Spanish, Arabic, and Punjabi. Find more information on how to schedule an appointment here.
The City of Seattle has conducted an extensive accounting of every City-funded hygiene resource available. 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 map includes 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.
Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is now allowing undocumented adults to apply for Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) if they need COVID-19 testing. HCA will come out with more changes/information/direction soon. However, in the meantime, individuals can apply online at www.washingtonconnection.org or by completing the Application for Long-Term Care/Aged, Blind, Disabled Coverage (HCA 18-005). This application can be downloaded from the Health Care Authority website.
On March 5, the Washington State Insurance Commissioner announced that they now require insurers to waive co-pays and deductibles for testing for COVID-19.
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.
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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.
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, 2021.
Wave Broadband is offering their Internet First program, up to 35 Mbps for $9.95/month for eligible households. 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.
Residential evictions for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted until Seattle’s COVID-19 Civil Emergency ends, pending the council’s approval. You can find translated versions of a FAQ about this at the Renting in Seattle page. If your landlord is continuing to threaten to evict you, you can file this COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Complaint Form with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. Seattle tenants must continue making rent payments, to the extent they can, and those struggling should work with their landlords on payment plans.
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. Income-eligible residential customers can self-certify to join UDP and access heavily discounted utilities by simply signing a short form that attests to their household income, rather than having to provide income documentation. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to this site.
The Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a page listing resources for homeowners and renters during the COVID-19 national emergency. For details, please see this page here.
The federal government has waived 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. The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that loan repayment begins after January 31, 2021. 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.
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.
The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has been regularly updating this list of community resources for undocumented individuals across the U.S.
This resource from Mutual Aid Medford And Somerville (MAMAS) presents a step-by-step guide on how to build neighborhood “pods” where neighbors are looking out for and checking in on each other, especially our most vulnerable community members.
The Trump administration U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) public charge rule is currently in affect in the state of Washington. However, unlike the USCIS rule, the nationwide injunction against the Department of State’s implementation of its public charge policy still remains in effect and has NOT been limited. We recognize that this is a very complicated issue. Learn more about public charge here.
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:
King County has launched this interactive Local Food Finder map that can help residents in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County find nearby farms to purchse whole food and produce. You can search by desired produce and learn more information about a farm business. You can learn more about this project here.
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.
As part of Seattle’s new #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz campaign, the City of Seattle has relaunched this interactive map that can help residents in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. You can search for open small businesses in your neighborhood and navigate directly to a business’ website or third-party delivery service page. You can access that map here.
You can apply now for a free and reduced price lunch (FRL) from Seattle Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrolling in FRL makes it easier for students and families to receive additional money for groceries that may become available in the new year. Free and reduced price meals are available to students regardless of immigration status, and applying does not impact individual’s ability to apply for a green card. Learn more and apply here.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is distributing lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday at 40 school sites throughout the city. These 40 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.
United Way of King County is partnering with Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and Seattle Public Schools to offer free home delivery of meals for youth who live in specific Seattle neighborhoods. Families living at the High Point, New Holly, and Rainier Vista SHA properties are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch daily, Monday to Friday, through a no-contact delivery. To request home delivery of meals, fill out this online form or call (503) 395-7697.
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.
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 King County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that this service is reserved for people who are unable to access their local food bank in-person and are unable to afford groceries. To request a food box, fill out this online form.
The Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) is offering meals for neighborhood residents who need meals, especially homebound individuals. They are serving 70 bag lunches a day, 5 days a week (and a weekend bag for Fridays). More information about the program and how to volunteer is at hpic1919.org.
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.
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.
These organizations are coordinating volunteers who want to help each other during this outbreak:
These links provide more helpful information.