Business grant applications due June 7

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The Port of Bellingham is issuing another round of emergency business grants to which local businesses can apply before midnight on June 7.

Through the Small Business Relief Program, the port will be awarding grants as large as $25,000 and no less than $10,000. Applications opened May 31 and will close on 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 7.

To qualify, businesses must be located in Whatcom County; have opened on or before January 1, 2020 and impacted by Covid-19, including revenue loss; be a for-profit business; have no more than 25 full-time employees; and must show proof of expenses that haven’t already been covered by grants. Those looking to apply will need to have their fourth quarter 2019 and fourth quarter 2020 financials and first quarter 2021 profit and loss statements available, as well as a list of previous grants and their amounts, according to the port. Business owners must also list any Covid-19 EDIL and paycheck protection program loans they have received.

The grants must cover expenses made on or before June 30, 2021.

The grant application is available on the port’s website and should be emailed as a PDF to whatcomado@portofbellingham.com.

The port, which works to promote economic development in Whatcom County, has issued several other grants for small businesses since the start of the pandemic.

For more information, visit the Port of Bellingham’s website.

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