City of Sammamish - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Resources
The grant application is now open through Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Please read the information on this page before applying.
The City of Sammamish is committed to helping its small business community recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Sammamish City Council has dedicated $250,370 in funding, which includes $98,370 from King County, to help local small businesses respond to impacts from the pandemic, begin to reopen, and expand operations.
Application Period: The application will open on 8:00 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2020 and close on 11:59 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2020.
All businesses that meet the minimum eligibility criteria and submit complete applications before the application period closes will be eligible to receive a grant of between $1,000 and $10,000.
Grant funding will be distributed equally to all eligible applicants. If there are more eligible applications than the minimum grant level ($1,000) can support, grants will be awarded through a lottery.
Applicants will be notified of funding by September 8, 2020.
If awarded, grant recipients will be required to enter into a grant agreement with the City of Sammamish and may be required to provide reporting and documentation of how the funds were spent. Grant recipients will also be required to submit a W-9.
Grant funds may be considered taxable income. Please consult with your financial advisor for guidance. A 1099 will be issued to grant recipients as required by the IRS.
Eligible small businesses must meet the following minimum criteria:
Nonprofit organizations are not eligible for this grant funding. Please watch the City’s website for more information on upcoming nonprofit funding opportunities.
Small Business Support Grants may only be used for the following allowable expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020:
Grant recipients may be required to provide reporting and documentation of how these funds were spent.
Small Business Support Grants may not be used for the following unallowable expenses:
Application Period: The application is available at this link from 8:00 am Monday, August 3, 2020 and 11:59 pm Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Get Ready to Apply:
We are here to help! See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below or contact Cassidy Follins, Grant Manager.
This application and any supporting documentation are considered public records and may be subject to public disclosure under Washington’s Public Records Act, chapter 42.56 RCW.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
FAQs will be answered and updated throughout the open application period.
What do I do if my question is not answered here?
Contact Cassidy Follins, Grant Manager.
My business received other COVID-19 federal funding. Are we still eligible for a Small Business Support Grant from the City of Sammamish?
Yes, but funding from these sources cannot be used for the same expense. Please include information about your additional federal funding in your grant application.
How many employees can we have and be eligible for a grant?
Your total number of employees is not counted; however, they may not exceed 15 Full-Time Equivalent employees (FTEs). To calculate FTEs: Add up the average number of hours paid per week for all employees. Divide that number by 40. Round to the nearest tenth. Visit this website for a calculator.
We have a location in Sammamish, but our main office is not in Sammamish. Are we eligible?
Your business must have an active Sammamish business license and no more than 15 FTEs across all of your business locations.
My business is a nonprofit. Can we apply for this funding?
No, this grant program is only open to for-profit businesses. Stay tuned for upcoming nonprofit funding opportunities from the City of Sammamish.
How will a grant lottery work?
Grant funding will be distributed equally to all eligible applicants. If there are more eligible applications than the minimum grant level ($1,000) can support, grants will be awarded through a lottery. For example, if 100 eligible small businesses apply for a grant, each eligible small business will receive a $2,500 grant. If 300 eligible small businesses apply for a grant, 250 eligible small businesses will each be awarded a $1,000 grant based on their selection during a lottery.