August 28, 2020

Economic Development Board Announces Upcoming Pierce County Grant Program

The Economic Development Board Vitality Grant aims to help Pierce County community organizations and small businesses.


Friday, August 28, 2020

Contact: Sarah Bonds, VP of Recruitment, Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County,, 253.383.4726

New emergency grants available to local small businesses

Up to $5,000 is available for Pierce County businesses with up to 20 employees to support COVID-related response and recovery

(TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY, WA) – The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County  is accepting applications for emergency grants for $5,000 each for businesses with up to 20 employees in Pierce County. Grant money can be used to assist with a variety of expenses related to the impact from COVID-19.

A pool of $490,000 is available only to businesses in Pierce County until funds are exhausted. Applications will close on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 5PM PDT.

To learn more and apply, visit

Funding for the program is from the state’s Working Washington Small Business program including federal Coronavirus Assistance, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to help with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts across Washington State.

“The length and depth of the pandemic have hit small, main street businesses hard,” said Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “In particular, restaurants, hotels and other service industries have not seen the expected number of customers. Small businesses need these resources to stay open as we respond to the public health crisis and help get people back to work.”

Commerce partnered with The Economic-Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and the 34 other local economic development organizations statewide to make a new tranche of $10 million in Working Washington Small Business Emergency grants available. Applications and administration of the new funds are run by the local organizations that serve all 39 counties. The Washington State Department of Commerce is not accepting or reviewing applications, this will be done by the local economic development organizations.  The information for these organizations can be accessed thru their respective website links below.

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