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Fifty local businesses and organizations in North Bend were approved for emergency funding through the City of North Bend Rapid Relief Program (CARES Act). To date the City has delivered checks to 21 grantees, totaling $84,100. As grantees move forward in completing eligibility requirements, additional relief funds will be issued through this program.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in this way, and we recognize the perseverance of our businesses and organizations as they struggle to stay afloat,” said Mayor Rob McFarland. “It is the City’s intention to offer the best assistance we can during these challenging times.”
During the June 2nd City Council meeting, Council authorized City staff to accept grants or donations of any monies for the program, including any grants or donations from the State of Washington, King County or other state or local governments or agencies, and to spend such monies to implement and administer the program. The City partnered with the SnoValley Chamber of Commerce to help administer the process.
Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provides for payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments whose businesses and organizations have experienced economic hardships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The North Bend Rapid Relief Program provides working capital grants for small, locally owned North Bend businesses, community organizations and social service agencies that met specific criteria. To view the application process and criteria, visit www.northbendwa.gov.