Frequently Asked Questions
When is the deadline:
The application period will open Monday, October 16, 2023. The application period will close at 11:59pm on Monday, November 13, 2023. Applications will not be accepted electronically after 11:59 PM PST on 11/13/23. Mail-in applications must have a postmark of November 13, 2023 in order to be considered for this grant program.
What size are awards?
Each grant will be for $5,000.
Is this a first-come-first-served grant program?
No. All applicants who meet eligibility requirements and apply between October 16, 2023, and November 13, 202 at 11:59PM PST, will be entered into the lottery process.
What types of businesses are eligible for support?
Businesses eligible for support through this fund must meet the following criteria:
- Be a for-profit organization.
- Have an active City of Redmond Business License and be in good standing with the City of Redmond and the State of Washington.
- Have a physical location within the city limits of Redmond with the zip code of 98052.
- Have been in operation before March 3, 2021.
- Have at least 1 full-time equivalent but no more than 10 full-time equivalent employees. (For example, 2 part time employes working a total of 40 hours per week would count as 1 full time employee.)
- Have an active Washington State business license and is not in violation of any codes or regulations.
- Have generated business revenue of at least $12,000 in gross revenues from the sale of goods and services in 2019, 2020, or 2021.
- Made less than $4 million in annual gross revenues from the sale of goods and services in 2019, or in 2020 for a business that opened in 2020 or 2021.
- Business generates at least 51% of its revenue in Washington state (i.e., be an “in state” business).
- Business is a for-profit, independently owned and operated (not part of a chain).
- Business has been negatively impacted by the pandemic due to decreased revenue or gross receipts, increased costs, financial hardship, challenges covering payroll, rent or mortgage.
- Business is not seeking a grant as a contractor of a shared-ride company (like Uber/Lyft), third-party delivery driver (like Amazon or DoorDash) or host/operator of a vacation or short-term rental unit (like Airbnb or VRBO).
What is the evaluation and selection process?
Applications will be submitted online. At the end of the application window, all submissions will be assigned unique numbers, and those numbers will be given to an external bookkeeping organization to select recipients based on a randomized selection process. Those businesses who have not received previous covid relief and recovery grants will receive two entries in the lottery process. All others will receive one entry.
Funding decisions will be made within 30 days after the application deadline. If there are remaining funds due to non-acceptance of the grant dollars, a new two-week window will be given for new applications. This will be ongoing until all funds are disbursed.
Where can I find the video of the application walk-through?
OneRedmond hosted a webinar to walk through the application. Please see the recording of this webinar here: Redmond Small Business Grant Overview & Application Walk-Through Video
Where can I find the video about how I can get a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)?
As this grant is funded with federal dollars, a Unique Entity Identifier, or UEI, is required before receiving any grant dollars. OneRedmond worked with our partners at Washington APEX Accelerator to give an overview on how to get this number on the sam.gov website. You can apply and submit this grant without a UEI number. However, you will need this UEI number to submit on the grant portal if/when you are awarded the grant. Please see the recording of this webinar here: Getting a Unique Entity ID (UEI) Video
How do I translate the application portal to a different language?
If you need to translate the application portal to a different language. Please click on the small globe icon. this si located in the upper right-hand corner, beneath the darker red rectangle on the banner. Click here to see the diagram of where the translate icon is located.
What if I need in-person support to fill out this application?
Businesses who need in-person support can sign up for one of the designated workshops that will be held at the Redmond Public Library. To register for spot at one of these workshops, click here.
- Tuesday, Oct 24, 12:30 – 2:00 PM
- Friday, Nov 3, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
- Saturday, Nov 4, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
- Tuesday, Nov 7, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Where does the funding come from?
The $500,000 comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, federal relief funds. The City of Redmond dedicated these funds to this fourth-round of city-distributed funding specifically designed for the small business community.
Will these grants be considered public charge?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security does not consider the one-time receipt of COVID-19-related special-purpose cash benefits when making public charge determinations.
If I am selected in the lottery, what documents will I need to sign?
All grant recipients must submit their UEI number and a W9. Recipients must also sign all of the required documents. You can find the required documents on this page.
Who do I contact for help?
Please contact OneRedmond either by phone or email. Phone: 425-885-4014 x 4 or email at SmallBusinessGrant@oneredmond.org. Email will be the quickest response.
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