Whatcom ReStart will issue up to $2.6 million in general grants and another $800,000 for licensed childcare operators. For profit and non-profit businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 with 25 employees or less are eligible to apply for general grants of up to $15,000 each. There is no cap on grants to support childcare.
Whatcom County and the cities of Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Sumas, Everson, Nooksack and Blaine have teamed up and combined their federal CARES Act allocations to offer this competitive grant program to assist businesses that have experienced revenue losses and expenses due to COVID-19-related closures or impacts. The purpose of this program is to collaborate in support of local businesses and drive economic recovery.
Funding decisions are anticipated in August and funding is expected to be disbursed in September.