The Thurston Strong Agricultural Recovery Grant is directed to agricultural businesses attempting to recover from economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
Donor Name: Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC)
County: Thurston County (WA)
Type of Grant: Grant
Type of Entity: Businesses
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): Ongoing
Size of the Grant: $30,000
All Thurston County agricultural businesses meeting eligibility requirements will be considered.
The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) and Thurston County WSU Extension will administer the program on behalf of Thurston Strong partners. The majority of funding support has been provided by Thurston County.
This project is supported by funding awarded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Award as provided by the American Rescue Plan Act.
A total of $890,000 is available. Grants will be issued at as follows:
- Farms, Value-Added Food Manufacturers and Processors
- Up to 80 grants at $10,000 max per grant
- Under 7 employees/members/vendors = up to $10,000 max per grant
- 8-50 employees/members/vendors = up to $20,000 max per grant
- Farmers Markets
- Under $2 Million in annual market sales = up to $10,000 max per grant
- Above $2 Million in annual market sales = up to $30,000 max per grant
- Ag businesses with 50 or fewer employees (or FTE equivalent), located in Thurston County, that serve the public and require additional capital to safely recover from economic injury due to COVID
- Food manufacturers/value-added processors, with 50 or fewer employees (or FTE equivalent) who manufacturer food products using ingredients purchased from producers in Thurston County
- Food/farm cooperatives with 50 or fewer members that aid in the purchase and distribution of agricultural products grown in Thurston County
- Must have been in business prior to March 1, 2020, and currently operating or in the process of reopening
- Farmers Markets located in Thurston County
- Must have/provide Washington State UBI#
Applicants are required to submit evidence of COVID-related economic impact. Acceptable forms of proof include, but are not limited to:
- Accounting/tax forms showing a revenue decline of 20% or more annually or in any quarter in FY 2019 and the corresponding quarter in 2020 or 2021.
- Receipts or documentation affirming costs associated with new expenses driven by COVID-related impacts (hiring bonuses, PPE expenditures, goods and services price increases, etc.)
- Receipts affirming costs associated with business operation changes driven by COVID-related impacts (space reconfiguration costs, equipment/tech costs, emergency staffing or consulting fees, etc.)
- Pending rent or utility invoices (not already remedied through other state or federal programs)
- Other proof of COVID-related financial impact (our grant application reviewers will consider other forms of impact proof via direct interaction with applicants)
For more information, visit Thurston Strong Agricultural Business Grant.