Local and National Grants for Seattle's Black Businesses

On the cusp of a new business quarter, Black businesses are being targeted by local and national grants to help build back better.
 
While for some the pandemic has offered the opportunity to start a new entrepreneurial venture, overall, Black business ownership experienced the largest drop of any ethnic group with the onset of COVID, while Black owners received less than 2% of federal recovery funding.
 
If you’re a Black business owner in the Seattle area, put pen to paper and take advantage of these loan-free opportunities to boost your sustainability.
 
Local initiative, Pillar, is targeting and Rainier Valley area businesses (located anywhere between the Central District and Rainier Beach) with grants of $25,000 - $100,000 to help restart or continue operations. Businesses outside of Rainier Valley can register to be notified about future expanded opportunities. The application is available online now.
 
The Coalition to Back Black Businesses, sponsored by American Express and other major corporate donors, plans to boost 400 businesses with $5,000 grants and the possibility of additional $25,000 in future support. Complete the preliminary application by September 22, .
 
Comcast RISE Investment Fund will award 100 small businesses with $10,000 grants in addition to marketing and media consultation. Applications open on October 1.

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