Whatcom Restart

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.

Whatcom Restart Business Assistance Grant 

Applications were available beginning July 16, 2020 and were due by Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:59pm. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Licensed Childcare Provider Grant 

Subvenciones para proveedores de cuidado infantil con licencia

The deadline for licensed childcare providers to apply for a grant was Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:59pm. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.


For more information or questions contact whatcomrestart@cob.org

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