This temporary emergency program is to assist small, locally owned Ridgefield-based businesses to survive the COVID-19 crisis, to minimize disruptions to workers and maintain availability of local goods and services in Ridgefield.
The Ridgefield City Council has committed a portion of CARES Act funding to the COVID-19 Ridgefield Small Business Stabilization Grant Fund, an emergency fund that provides small working capital grants to qualifying small businesses to mitigate the direct impacts of business interruption due to operations limits during the initial phases of the COVID-19 response.
The City Council has allocated $50,000 of CARES Act funding for grants. The grant awards will be up to $3,000 per business in compliance with the business and fund use criteria. Grants will be provided on a first come first served basis for eligible expenses incurred between March 1 and October 31, 2020. The program may be terminated on October 31st, or such date as allocated funding has been used, whichever is earlier. Program may be extended in the event additional funding is allocated or the CARES Act grant funding deadlines are extended.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose?
Assist small locally owned Ridgefield businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.
What are the dates of the grant program?
Eligible expenses must be incurred between March 1, 2020 (if not already covered by another grant program) and October 31, 2020.
Application period is Friday, September 25th to Saturday, October 31st.
What is the source of the funding?
The funding is from the CARES Act, a federal grant program to state and local government to assist in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Can the funding be combined with other grant programs such as the payment protection program (PPP)?
Funding cannot cover the same expenses as other grant programs. However, it is eligible to fill in the gaps not covered by other programs such as PPP. View the list of Uses of Program Grant Funds.
What businesses are eligible?
- Business must be a private for-profit business.
- Business and/or any owner cannot be suspended, debarred, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in federal transactions.
- Businesses must have a physical storefront within Ridgefield’s city limits.
- Businesses also must 25 or fewer employees. Preference will be given to businesses with 10 or fewer employees.
- Business must have current Ridgefield city business license and be current on all state and other regulatory requirements.
- Business must have experienced a negative direct impact of business interruption due to operational limitations during the initial phases of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
- Business cannot be a national chain.
What is the amount of the grant?
There is a range of $1,000 to $3,000 depending on need.
How do we show need?
Submit the grant application and include receipts for expenses related to COVID-19. Expenses could be planned expense. If planned, submit a narrative showing future expenses. Actual receipts can be submitted after purchase/expense.
What is the process to apply?
Complete a grant application and submit to the city’s Finance department for processing. Include any receipts or documents that can help in the decision to award a grant.
Submit the Application:
- Email – Complete the Application and submit to Finance@ci.ridgefield.wa.us. Include receipts and documentation as attachments.
- Mail – Complete the Application and mail to City of Ridgefield, PO Box 608, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Include receipts and documentation.
- Drop Box – Complete the Application and submit to the Payment Drop Box at Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer St. Include receipts and documentation in envelope.
How does the city award grants?
The city will award grants to eligible applicants on a first come first serve basis until available funding has been exhausted.
This program was supported by a grant awarded by the US Department of Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the City and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the Local Government Coronavirus Relief Fund through the Washington State Department of Commerce.