Connecting with the Government

Skagit County Small Business Grant Program Skagit County has set aside $1 million in grant funds to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grants may be up to $25,000 depending on number of employees. Applications (click here for Español) will be accepted from July 13 through 5 p.m. July 26. The program is intended for businesses located in Skagit County with 25 or fewer employees. This program is administered by EDASC on behalf of Skagit County.

Fill out the Application for Express Printing for important paper work that needs to be printed. If you are trying to get back to work and need your resume printed, you are trying to get your unemployment benefits, or need immigration paper work printed out, upload your files and we will print these items out and schedule a time for you to pick them up.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) helps combat the workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.
Employee Paid Leave Requirements
Employee Paid Leave Rights
Questions and Answers
Paid Sick Leave & COVID-19 Common Questions

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act (CARES) allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.
CARES ACT Questions and Answers
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Franchise Business Requirements and Opportunities

Update: April 23, 2020 Congress recently approved an additional $310 billion in funding to restore the PPP Program, which had run out of money. PPP is open again for applications as of April 27, 2020.

No-cost assistance is available for Skagit County Nonprofits to apply for PPP loans. EDASC has partnered with a pair of nonprofit organizations to help you pursue the loan and even have your application prioritized. Partners include 501 Commons, a nonprofit focused on sustaining and growing strong nonprofits across the state, and the National Development Council. To get started, please complete the Federal Loan Access Survey. The survey is open to those who want to apply, or who have already applied and have a stalled or rejected loan. For questions, contact ppploans@501commons.org

OnwardWa Matches individuals that have lost their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to desperately needed help. Our intelligent matching system will pair you with job listings and resources that align with your needs.

Emergency Student Loan Forbearance Those with federal student loans can contact their loan servicer and request their accounts be put into an emergency forbearance which will halt payments for at least 60 days. 

Violations or suspected violations of the governor’s orders regarding evictions can be reported. There are only two reasons for evictions during the Governor Inslee’s moratorium.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Announcements 

Washington State Coronavirus Response For daily updates on the Coronavirus statistics, information on applying for unemployment, and COVID-19 resources in multiple languages. Spanish: Nuevo coronavirus, BienestarWA, Chinese 中文, Russian: Pусский, Vietnamese: Vi-rút Corona Mới, Korean: 한국어,  more translations...