Business Resources COVID-19

Grants & Loans

Small Business Flex Fund: (Open) 

City Small Businesses and Non-Profits can apply for a low-interest loan of up to $150,000 to finance expansion and growth as well as recover from the pandemic and subsequent economic slowdown.  

Commercial customers that submit an application and meet eligibility criteria will receive a one-time $250 credit on their water/sewer account until funding is exhausted. Utility credits are not applicable to stormwater and irrigation only accounts.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal (Open)

Businesses who received a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program can now apply for forgiveness through the new streamlined portal launched last month by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small business owners with loans up to $150,000 can apply. Visit the SBA’s PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal for information. Customer service is also available by phone at 877-552-2692.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (Open) 

Small businesses that originally took out an EIDL loan for up to $150,000 for six months can extend that loan for up to 24 months and receive additional funds for a total of $500,000 in relief. Businesses that received an EIDL loan for up to six months and $150,000 need not submit a request to increase their loan amount. Rather, the SBA will reach out via email for details on how businesses can request additional loan funds prior to the April 6 launch date of the extended program

SBA Debt Relief (Open) 

The latest bill extends a provision that pays the principal and interest on behalf of borrowers that have certain SBA loans, such as 7(a) loans. It also provides support for the 7(a) program by increasing the amount of the SBA’s guarantee for lenders.

Small Business Development Centers (Open) 

These centers will help you navigate available SBA loans and provide you with no-cost business consulting.

Export Credit Insurance (Open) 

This program protects you in case your customers overseas are slow on paying receivables or go out of business. It allows you to commit to export sales without fear of loss during the pandemic.

USDA Loan & Grant Resources (Ongoing)

The USDA is are taking a number of steps to help rural communities and agricultural producers through their single-family, multi-family, business-cooperative, and utility service provider programs.

Other Financial Assistance

City of Arlington Grants

Closed. (November 20, 2020) Expanded Arlington Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Grant, Round 4. City Expands Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Grant with Funding from Snohomish County. $117,000 to distribute to qualifying small businesses for grants up to $3,500 to cover rent and expenses related to COVID-19. The grant application closed on November 30.

Closed. (October 30, 2020) Arlington Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Program, Round 3. Funding is possible through the Federal 2020 CARES Act and distributed to Arlington through the WA Department of Commerce. 

Closed.  (October 31, 2020) City of Arlington Utility Customer Support Program.  A one-time utility credit to qualified applicants.  Commercial customers that submit an application and meet eligibility criteria will receive a one-time $250 credit on their water/sewer account until funding is exhausted.  Utility credits are not applicable to stormwater and irrigation only accounts.

Closed. (June 2020) Arlington Business Rent Relief Grant ProgramApplications were accepted through June 29. Arlington Business Rent Relief Program was funded through the Federal 2020 CARES Act and distributed to Arlington through the WA Department of Commerce. The City distributed almost $200,000 to qualifying small businesses.

COVID-19 Updates for Employees and Employers

Reopening Guidance

Washington Ready Plan, replaces Roadmap to Recovery- Safe Start Plan 

(June 2021) On June 30 Washington state has reopened under the Washington Ready plan. All industry sectors previously covered by the Roadmap to Recovery or the Safe Start plan may return to usual capacity and operations.

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Business questions about the Roadmap to Recovery - Safe Start plan?

(Nov 2020) Ask questions about workplace safety, Safe Start phases, relief programs, paid sick leave, unemployment and more. The Washington State Coronavirus Business Response Center is standing by to respond.

Submit your question here.

Arlington Economic Recovery Taskforce Resources

Essential Business Information

City of Arlington Outdoor Dining Areas, Right of Way Permit: Application Questions, email or call 360-403-3551.

Webinars on unemployment insurance, returning to work, business relief, and more: State agencies have partnered to bring monthly webinars presenting information specific to Washington small businesses. Webinars feature brief presentations from state and federal partners and open-mic Q&A time. Topics include unemployment insurance, returning employees to work, Small Business Administration (SBA) relief funding, workplace safety, contracting with the state, paid family and medical leave, and other timely topics. 

Business Impact Survey: The economic impact related to COVID-19 has been felt throughout the greater Seattle region. Nearly 5,000 businesses responded to round one of the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. Survey is now closed.

Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Recovery and Resiliency: Snohomish County created an Advisory Group to identify and develop strategies to reopen our economy. EASC is asking our community to complete the 5-minute Business Needs Assessment to ensure your needs are heard. The Assessment asks businesses how they have been impacted by the economic shutdown, their plans for reopening, and the support they need to reopen successfully

Expanded unemployment benefits for self-employed: Federal pandemic unemployment benefits ended. The week ending Sept. 4th was the last payable week for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). 

Mask Mandate:

WA State Department of Health Mask Information

(Aug 18, 2021) Washington State Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, M.D., MPH, amended Order 20-03 requiring face masks for everyone over five years of age in most public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. These include places like grocery stores, malls, gyms, and community centers. Masks are strongly recommended in crowded outdoor settings like sporting events, fairs, and concerts where physical distancing is not possible. The updated order goes into effect on Monday, Aug. 23.

The order reflects the recommendations of all 35 local health officers in the state of Washington and recent changes to CDC guidance that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public settings, in areas of substantial or high transmission. With the rise of the more infectious Delta variant, every county in Washington is currently categorized as having substantial or high transmission. 

(June 8, 2020) All employees are required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection based on safety and health rules and guidance from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Refer to L&I’s Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details. Employers must also post signage at their place of business strongly encouraging customers to wear cloth facial coverings. Businesses are encouraged to require customers to wear cloth facial coverings, in order to protect employees from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.