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.

Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

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This program provides low interest loans and limited grants to local governments, non-profits, tribes, ports and private businesses undertaking clean-up and redevelopment of Brownfield properties that are idle, underutilized or abandoned as a result of contamination. 

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Housing Trust Fund

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Washington state is in great need of additional affordable housing. Our Housing Trust Fund is now accepting applications for new projects to either build affordable housing, acquire existing housing or convert a project to affordable housing. Applications are due by Sept. 18.

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Early Learning Facilities Program Guidelines for Eligible Organizations are now available

The 2019-21 Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program guidelines for eligible organizations is now available on our website. Translated copies of our guidelines will be available soon in Spanish and Somali. Our ELF online grant application will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 1. All applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants and are due to Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. We strongly encourage applicants to carefully read the

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Office of Homeless Youth Grants

Office of Homeless Youth awards $11 million to expand services in 30 Washington counties

Grants strengthen bold initiatives serving vulnerable young people in local communities across the state, including 23 rural counties OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Office of Homeless Youth has awarded $11 million to enable communities across the state to respond to more young people in need of stable housing and support. The grants boost services and resources in 30 counties, 23 of which are rural. Funding was

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Guidebook on civilian-military land use now available to community planners

State produces a technical assistance resource to promote civilian-military coordination in land-use planning OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce today released the Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility, a technical guide to land use planning surrounding military installations. Primary users of the guidebook will be professional planners and municipalities. It also promotes general public awareness and information exchange about the importance of coordinated civilian-military planning

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