The City of Snoqualmie allocated $435,000 to local businesses and community organizations to support recovery through its COVID-19 Snoqualmie Rapid Relief Program. Of the $436,000, $410,000 will be reimbursed to the city from the State of Washington using Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) dollars, with the remaining funds coming from King County and King County Councilmember Lambert.
The city received 85 applications of which 81 met specific criteria and will receive checks beginning the week of July 13.
Government agencies that are awarded CARES Act funding have the option to use it for COVID-19 related recovery expenses but are not required to provide it to local businesses.
The City of Snoqualmie chose to allocate one hundred percent of its CARES Act funding to its relief program that supports the local economy rather than governmental expenses.
“This relief funding is critical to helping many of our small businesses and local agencies survive,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “We are fortunate to be in a position to prioritize local economic recovery over sustaining our government operations as many other cities must do. In the long run, our businesses’ recovery supports the services that support our residents.”
“We are also able to grant funding to community organizations that assist residents in need, such as food assistance and programs for children and seniors. Those agencies provide services that, as a small city, we are unable to provide. However, without those agencies, some of our residents would not have the vital services they rely on.”
Mayor Larson continued, “We are grateful for the additional funding from King County and Councilmember Lambert. This is a difficult time for all, but we’re pleased to be able to help our business community and those in need.”
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