Twenty Snoqualmie businesses picked up COVID-19 Snoqualmie Rapid Relief Program checks on July 13 totaling approximately $118,500 for immediate use to help recover from the Washington shutdown and phased reopening. Many more businesses and organizations will receive checks in the coming week with a total distribution of $435,000 from the City of Snoqualmie for economic recovery.
The city will be reimbursed $410,000 from the State of Washington using Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) dollars, with another $25,000 in grants from King County and King County Councilmember Lambert. 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.
“Along with many other cities in the Puget Sound region, relief funding is now being distributed or will be in the coming weeks,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “Our team expedited the process to support our merchants and human services agencies as quickly as possible. We understand that each day impacts their ability to recover. We feel honored to be able to provide the funds. We were also touched by their response.
“While these funds are helpful, they are woefully short of what is needed to help our local businesses survive during the coming months. I implore residents who have not been financially impacted to generously and frequently support local businesses.”
Erica Morin, Provocatrix owner and interior designer, wrote in an email to the city, “I am thrilled to be receiving these funds… to help Provocatrix stay afloat, particularly heading into fall, which is typically a slower retail season. I am doing everything I can to work smarter, pivot the business as necessary, and expand the shop’s outreach.”
See the full list of recipients on the City of Snoqualmie website at www.snoqualmiewa.gov.
Two local businesses also received relief grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program.
The SnoValley Chamber of Commerce partnered with the city to coordinate the application and distribution activities. It serves the communities of Snoqualmie, Fall City, North Bend, Preston, and Snoqualmie Pass.
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