On 5/21/2020 Snohomish County announced the creation of the Snohomish County Small Business Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency Program (R3) to support small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Snohomish County Small Business Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency (R3) Program has four main goals:
Through the R3 program, eligible small businesses operating in Snohomish County that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 will have the opportunity to apply for cash assistance to:
Snohomish County anticipates awarding eligible small businesses with a one-time cash grant of up to $25,000 through the grant’s administrative entity, Workforce Snohomish. Small businesses can follow the simple online application process to apply for a grant of $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 or $25,000 based on justifiable need and business resiliency.
These grants are being made possible using Federal and State grants to Snohomish County.
|6/2/2020||Public Question Period Closes||5:00 PM|
|6/3/2020||Application Closes||5:00 PM|
|6/24/2020||Grant Awards Announced||Time TBD|
|7/1/2020||All Awarded Grantee Agreements Executed||N/A|
Eligible R3 applications will be prioritized for award by the following criteria:
To be eligible for R3, a small business must meet the following criteria:
Awarded small businesses will only use grant funds for approved, allowable functions as broken down in the following three categories:
The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples of disallowable functions for grant funds:
Applications will be accepted between 5/21/2020 and 6/3/2020 at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted after 6/3/2020 at 5:00 pm.
The application process should take approximately 30 minutes.
To prepare for the application, Small Businesses should be ready to provide the following information:
All applications will be initially reviewed for basic eligibility and given a priority score by Workforce Snohomish; this score will be based solely on priority answers submitted in the application and defined under section “Award Priority”.
All applications that meet basic eligibility and have been assigned a priority score will be forwarded to the R3 Rating Team (R3RT). The R3RT will receive all applications basic eligibility.
R3RT will recommend awards based on priority scores, application merit, and availability of funding. Snohomish County and Workforce Snohomish reserve the right to grant partial awards.
Applications received by WFS
Applications reviewed for eligibility and priority by WFS
Eligible applications sent to R3 Rating Team (R3RT)
R3RT recommends awards on merit, priority and funding availability
R3RT alerts WFS to the recommended awards
Snohomish County and WFS announce R3 awards
Awards will be made to recommended small businesses applicants by Workforce Snohomish through a simplified Agreement. Awards will be provided in a one-time cash payment. Awarded small businesses will be, through the Agreement, required to report on expenditures and outcomes through a one-time end of program report as described in section “Reporting”.
All awarded small businesses will be required to provide a report to Workforce Snohomish detailing how funding was utilized and the outcomes experienced. Reports will be due to Workforce Snohomish by 12/31/2020. Reporting templates will be created by Workforce Snohomish and will be presented to awarded businesses along with the award Agreement. Reports are not expected to be cumbersome. Expected outcomes to report on will include, but are not limited to:
All businesses are encouraged to work with Workforce Snohomish and the WorkSource Business Solutions team for additional employment-based needs, regardless of the outcome of this granting process.
The WorkSource Business Solutions Team (BST), a free service for all Washington residents, can assist businesses with employment services such as SharedWork, Temporary Layoff, Incumbent Worker Training, Youth Internships, On-the-Job Training, Transitional Jobs, and more.
This solicitation will result in grant award agreements with an anticipated June start date, exact start date TBD.
Cost of Preparing Proposals
Costs for developing an application are solely the responsibility of the applicant. Workforce Snohomish will not provide reimbursement for these costs.
A submitted application may be withdrawn prior to the proposal due date. A written request to withdraw the application must be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workforce Snohomish will not accept clarifications. If an applicant determines the need to change information on an application, a request to withdraw the original application must be made and, after the withdrawal is confirmed, a new application must be submitted before the deadline. Due to the expected number of applications, Workforce Snohomish cannot guarantee withdrawals will be processed in time and highly recommends submitting correct and final information initially. If multiple applications are received by the same business and the clarification procedure has not been followed, Workforce Snohomish will utilize the first submission, and will discard all other submissions.
All personal and business financial information will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.
The award will not be final until Workforce Snohomish and the business have executed an award Agreement. Workforce Snohomish is not responsible for any costs incurred prior to the effective date of the Agreement.
Debarment and Suspension
The business must certify that they are not debarred, suspended, otherwise excluded from, or are ineligible for the participation in Federal Assistance programs under Office of Management and Budget 2 CFR Parts 180 and 215. The business must also certify that it will not contract with a subcontractor that is debarred or suspended.
The RFP does not commit Workforce Snohomish to award an agreement, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this application, or to procure or contract for services or supplies. Workforce Snohomish reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received as a result of this application, to negotiate with all qualified sources, to waive formalities, to postpone award, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this application if it is in the best interest of Workforce Snohomish and/or Snohomish County to do so.
Cancellation of Award
Workforce Snohomish reserves the right to immediately cancel an award if the agreement has not been entered into or if new federal, state, or county regulations or policy make it necessary to change the program purpose or content, discontinue such programs, or impose funding reductions. In those cases where negotiation of contract activities are necessary, Workforce Snohomish reserves the right to limit the period of negotiation to sixty (60) days after which time funds may be de-obligated.
The R3 Program will be implemented in ways consistent with the Workforce Snohomish and Snohomish County’s commitment to State and Federal equal opportunity laws. No person or business shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with R3 funds on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, or political affiliation or belief.
Applicants not selected may appeal the decision with a limitation to procedural errors only, based on the selection process outlined. Appeals will be accepted through email@example.com within seven (7) calendar days of award announcement.
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