COVID-19 Information and Resources

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Due to the pandemic, Commerce’s Olympia headquarters will remain shuttered through at least June 2021. Team members are available to assist you via phone and email.

The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. We work with local governments, tribes, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.

Economic Recovery Dashboard

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Regional, demographic and industry sector metrics that help state and local leaders chart a path to an equitable economic recovery.
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Summary of Commerce’s COVID response efforts

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Commerce has played a central role in delivering aid and support to businesses, local government, Tribes, nonprofits and struggling households.
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Business Resiliency Network

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Culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for historically underserved business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19.
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Housing/rent assistance

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Emergency housing grants including rent assistance. Assistance is provided through local housing providers in your community.
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News Releases

Commerce and ArtsFund partner to offer $10 million in grants to help nonprofit community organizations

Nonprofit Community Relief grant application portal opens May 10 for eligible Washington state organizations OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with ArtsFund to provide over $10 million in grants to help community organizations across the state that have been impacted by the pandemic. The Nonprofit Community Relief grant program focuses on arts, culture, science and heritage nonprofits, as well as organizations whose primary mission is

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News Releases

Commerce releases new Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard 

Updated standard is required for all affordable housing projects seeking state capital funding OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Commerce today released Version 4.0 of the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS). Compliance with the updated ESDS will be required of all affordable housing projects applying for funds from the state Housing Trust Fund in 2021. Projects that received awards from other funders in 2020, but were not fully

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News Releases

State teams with Premera Blue Cross to invest $2.24 million to increase rural mental health crisis care capacity

Unique public-private partnership funds capital grants that will create more options for people to get multiple levels of crisis stabilization care locally in communities throughout the state OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $2.24 million in capital grants to three behavioral health care providers across the state. Funding is provided through an innovative partnership with Premera Blue Cross – the first of its kind in

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