Commerce announces $1.8 million to rural counties for COVID-19 pandemic response

Food, rental assistance, small business support, health services among eligible uses of funding to 17 rural Washington counties

March 30, 2020

OLYMPIA, WA — Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown today announced $1.8 million in additional state Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to rural counties to assist people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awarded through the Economic Opportunity Grant program, these funds can be used at the discretion of county authorities to meet a variety of emerging local needs, such as providing food and rental assistance, small business support and health services. Counties provide for these and other urgent needs through partnerships with local service providers.  Funding to the following counties is estimated, pending approval of state and local distribution plans.

CountyService AreaGrant amount
AsotinAsotin$ 46,397
BentonBenton, Franklin$ 79,061
ChelanChelan, Douglas$ 71,990
CowlitzCowlitz, Wahkiakum$ 83,951
GrantGrant, Adams$145,270
Grays HarborGrays Harbor, Pacific$127,912
JeffersonJefferson, Clallam$132,517
KittitasKittitas$100,280
KlickitatKlickitat, Skamania $ 83,819
MasonMason, Lewis $126,878
OkanoganOkanogan $101,585
SkagitSkagit $  77,155
StevensStevens, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille $108,325
Walla WallaWalla Walla, Columbia, Garfield $ 53,821
WatcomWatcom $154,946
WhitmanWhitman$118,927
YakimaYakima$187,165

The state CDBG program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist rural communities to meet local priority needs. Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded over $525 million in grants to over 1,500 locally prioritized community development projects. Larger cities and counties receive CDBG funding directly from HUD, and are not a part of the state CDBG program.   For detailed information about CDBG, please visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov/cdbg. Contact Kaaren Roe, CDBG Section Manager, at (360) 725-3018 for assistance.

Contact Barbara Dunn Commerce Communications, 360-725-2805