Application Opens Feb. 19th for Small Business Grant Program

The City of Yakima has dedicated $266,406 for a second round of assistance for micro-businesses (five or fewer employees) for reimbursement of expenses related to COVID-19. The money is available for low or moderate-income business owners, again with five employees or less, located within the Yakima city limits.

During its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 16th, the City Council formally agreed to have the Yakima County Development Association (YCDA) assist with the application process.

The application will open Friday, February 19th, and can be accessed at When applicants complete the online portion, they will be prompted to schedule a time to meet with YCDA staff to finish the application and provide their documentation.

The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, March 5th. YCDA will contact applicants on Friday, March 19th, to notify them of their status.

The money comes from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a Federal program intended to expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons.

In July 2020, the Yakima City Council set aside $480,000 in CDBG funds to assist micro-businesses with expenses associated with COVID-19. YCDA assisted the City in administering that application process, as well.

Call 575-1140 or visit Yakima County Development Association | Choose Yakima Valley for more about YCDA.

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