Small Business Support Grant
HomeSight Awards $150,000 in Small Business Support Grants
In response to the devastation brought to small business due to COVID-19, we, in partnership with Lucky Seven Foundation, RVCDF, Wells Fargo, Umpqua Bank, and NeighborWorks America has awarded $150,000 in grant money to 30 Southeast Seattle small businesses.
We received over 250 applications from Seattle small businesses. The criteria required to be an awardee included: the location of the business must be in the zip codes 98118, 98144, 98108, business owners with income below 80% AMI, and the business must be Person of Color or woman owned. Our intention was to spread these grant funds across those three criteria as evenly as possibly.
Bang Bang Kitchen
Baol African Imports and Gallery
Boru Family Childcare
Brime Grocery and Halal Meat
Buddha Bruddah LLC
Corte Fino Mexican Cuisine
Fanon Barber Shop & Beauty Salon
Fatou Beauty Braiding Salon
Jacob Willard Home
Kaffa Coffee and Wine Bar
The Comfort Zone
Northwest Tap Connection
Personal Touch Barbershop
Rainier Farmer Market
Reign Concept Salon LLC
VGT LLC Taco Street
Washington Capoeira Center
Yoga on Beacon Hill LLC
Zamzam Family Home Childcare
“These funds are a bloodline for our business and moral for our determination to continue the business in this time,” says Filli Abdulkdra, owner of Amy’s Merkato restaurant. “I do not have the words on how to thank you!”
Grant funds may cover basic business needs, including: marketing strategies, business loan costs, bookkeeping and accounting, advertising, business association membership dues, business planning, legal support resources, business tax preparation, equipment and fixtures, minor repairs, business taxes, permits, and licensing fees, and working capital to get through these unprecedented times.
“What we would really love is to be able to fund all of the applicants,” says Sarah Valenta, Community and Business Development Manager for HomeSight, “That being said, we are extremely grateful to our funding partners that we were able give all of the $150,000 directly to the businesses that are in our community.”
We actively fundraising in hopes of developing second round of this Small Business Grant.