Strengthening Communities and Growing Washington's Economy

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.

Grants for Dairy Digester Enhancement Program

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Funds available for grants that enhance viability of dairy digester projects. Apply by Jan. 31, 2020.

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Home Energy Assistance Program

LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program

We make energy assistance available through a network of community action agencies and local municipalities in Washington state.

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State task force report recommends options to address lack of access to affordable child care

Washington Child Care Collaborative Task Force launches next phase of work to deliver strategy, timeline and implementation plan to improve access to affordable, high-quality child care for all Washington families, beginning with a complete assessment of child care supply, demand and facility needs due this summer. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce released the initial report from the Washington Child Care Collaborative Task Force and today launched

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A new boiler for rural Washington school district

When the rural school district of Northport experienced a catastrophic boiler failure, district officials were left with few good options. Commerce worked w/ partners to replace it with one that is energy efficient, and better for the environment.

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Commerce awards $1.7 million to help homeless students and families

Five projects will partner with K-12 schools on programs and services for homeless students and families across Washington state OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $1,730,000 in competitive grants from the state’s Homeless Students Stability Program to five projects that will provide services aimed at helping students and families experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied students, in Washington’s K-12 public school system. “Having safe, appropriate, stable housing

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