April 21

Stronger Together in South Lake Union

Small business and nonprofit relief fund applications are now open.

The South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce is spearheading a small business and nonprofit relief fund, and applications for the first round of funding are now open. Applications for this first round of funding will close on Friday, April 24 at 5pm. Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,500-$7,500 depending on demonstrated need and availability of funds. Businesses and nonprofits only need to submit applications once and it will remain active throughout the duration of the Chamber’s relief fund.

The Chamber’s goal is to raise $250,000 for area businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is meant to address a number of gaps in small-business funds.

To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue; is located in SLU or has a majority client base located in SLU; and is a current member of the SLU Chamber of Commerce. Business can currently join the Chamber for 2020 at no cost.

Donations are also being accepted on the Chamber’s website. The Chamber has raised more than $43,000 so far with the help of organizations and businesses like Vulcan, Kaiser Permanente, 400 Fairview, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

“Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has been actively involved as a Chamber member for several years and has had executives serve on the Board of Directors. We believe it is important to help support a vibrant and prosperous neighborhood surrounding SCCA for not only our staff and patients but also for everyone in our extended community family,” says Aaron Crane, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance executive vice president.

Follow this link to see how else you can help small businesses and nonprofits in South Lake Union.

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