Whatcom County Businesses Impacted by November Floods Can Now Apply for Grant Assistance

April 25th, 2022

Grant funding for Whatcom County small businesses impacted by last November’s historic flooding is now available. Funding comes from the Whatcom Community Foundation (Foundation) in partnership with Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Port of Bellingham (Port) and in coordination with the Whatcom Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG).

Qualified businesses can apply at Whatcom Community Foundation Small Business Relief Fund | LiveStories through May 3, 2022 (application will close at 11:59pm). Individual grants will be up to $5,000 per business with funding coming from the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Small Business Disaster Recovery Fund.

The Business Recovery Task Force, a group organized as part of Whatcom County’s flood response and co-led by the SBDC and Port, has provided guidance on developing priorities for these grant funds and related application processes. The Task Force is comprised of representatives from tribal and local government, including the cities hardest hit by the flooding, Washington State Department of Commerce, Federal Emergency Management Administration, the LTRG and others. “Sumas is very thankful that the Business Recovery Fund has been made available to our businesses and, for the hard work of all the individuals that helped make it happen. I encourage any business that has need and is eligible to pursue this offered relief,” said Sumas Mayor and Business Recovery Task Force member Bruce Bosch.

To make a contribution to the Whatcom Small Business Disaster Recovery Fund, click here.

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