COVID-19 Relief Fund

for independent live music venues, science organizations and arts/culture/science education.
– Applications now closed (as of 7/27 at 5pm) –
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NOTE: The application period is now closed. Applications will be reviewed and notification sent to all applicants by Friday, August 7.

King County is providing one-time grants as economic support to certain types of organizations in King County experiencing business interruption caused by the required closures of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This program is tailored for organizations that draw tourists and are facing unexpected interruption due to the COVID-19 closures. 

Through these grants, King County seeks to ease the economic burden on three types of organizations resulting from the second-order economic impacts associated with the COVID-19 required closures: science organizations; arts, culture, and science organizations that provide educational programs; and, music venues.

This program is designed to facilitate compliance with public health safety measures so that organizations are positioned to safely resume activities when allowed to do so.

Providing grant funds will help facilitate compliance with the public health safety measures by these organizations as they reopen in support the county’s economic recovery, attract tourists, and enhance the quality of life for all King County residents.

Program Details

Link to Apply
Application Opens

Friday, July 10 at 3 PM PDT

Application Closed

Monday, July 27 at 5 PM, PDT

Notification

by Friday, August 14

Grant Amounts

variable, depending on number of awardees

Fund Usage

to cover expenses 3/1/20 – 12/31/20 related to business interruption from COVID19, such as payroll, rent, mortgage, healthcare insurance, utilities, and public safety

Questions?

COVID19.Tourism.Support.Grants@kingcounty.gov

ELIGIBLITY

Science Organizations
  • Nonprofit science organizations located in King County
  • Experiencing business interruption caused by the required closures of the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Provide science and nature exhibits, events, and conservation programs
  • Draw visitors to the area
  • Serves or is located in historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by inequities and discrimination

Art, Culture and Science Organizations with Education Programs
  • Nonprofit organizations located in King County
  • Experiencing business interruption caused by the required closures of the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Support students through: art and/or culture programs or courses; science education, science programs and/or extension courses
  • Draw visitors to the area
  • Serves or is located in historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by inequities and discrimination

Music Venues
  • Independently owned or nonprofit live music venues located in King County
  • Experiencing business interruption due to the COVID-19 related closures
  • Under 1,000 person capacity
  • Have live music performances at least an average of 3 /week, including DJs who compose sets
  • Draws visitors to the area
  • Serves or is located in historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by inequities, discrimination, and COVID-19

Details
Application

To apply, visit the program page on kingcounty.gov for further instructions and application download.

Timeline

The application window begins on July 10 and will remain open for two weeks, closing on July 27 at 5 PM. Apply at any time within that time frame. A panel will review applications starting on July 28. King County will notify you within 10 business days after the application period ends about the status of your application. 

Grant Size

Grant sizes will vary. Funding will be determined based on the number of applications received, the number of organizations that meet of selection criteria, and availability of funds.

Contact

Questions? Send an email to: COVID19.Tourism.Support.Grants@kingcounty.gov

Grant Usage

Grants may be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption for expenditures incurred from March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 such as payroll, rent, mortgage payments (excluding property taxes), healthcare insurance for employees, and utility expenses necessary to sustain the business during and after the public health emergency.

The grants may also be used to facilitate compliance with public health safety measures for expenses that are necessary for the organization to prepare for safe reopening, including items such as purchase and installation of plastic barriers and floor markings, or public outreach and education materials designed to communicate safe reopening practices and information. 

Grant funds may not be used for any expenditures already covered any grant, subsidized loan, insurance policies of any type of coverage, or any reimbursement or relief program related to or administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).