Lt. Gov. Denny Heck, Sen. Andy Billig lead delegation showcasing Washington’s growing aerospace, aviation and space sector at Farnborough International Airshow

Lt. Gov. Denny Heck, Sen. Andy Billig lead delegation showcasing Washington’s growing aerospace, aviation and space sector at Farnborough International Airshow

68 business representatives, economic development and trade professionals join record delegation OLYMPIA, WA – Washington state’s largest delegation ever, led by Lt. Governor Denny Heck and State Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, is traveling to the United Kingdom this week for the 2024 Farnborough International Air Show.  The group will share the latest aerospace industry innovations coming out of Washington state under the theme “Leading the Way in Building a…

Innovative tools and state funding help communities plan for low-income and emergency housing

Innovative tools and state funding help communities plan for low-income and emergency housing

Seven community partnerships awarded $220,000 in growth management grants to plan for and accommodate projected housing needs OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is publishing new planning tools and awarding a second round of grant funding to support communities across Washington in planning for the future housing needs of low-income and at-risk families and individuals. The department also today announced a new round of grant awards to…

Paper to Digital grants

Applications are now open for a new Paper to Digital Grant Program. In 2023, SB 5290 amended the Local Project Review Act, RCW 36.70B to consolidate, streamline, and further improve local permit review processes for applicants, customers, planners, builders and designers. This grant program is designed to provide financial support to cities and counties seeking to transition from paper to digital permit review processes in order to address housing shortages in their jurisdictions…

Applications now available – Energy Efficiency Grant Solicitation EE-024

More than $14 million in Energy Efficiency Retrofits grants are available now. Applicants must be public entities in the state of Washington: Local agencies, including any city, town, county, special district, municipal corporation, agency, port district or authority Public higher education institutions K-12 public school districts State agencies Federally-recognized tribe within Washington Key changes from the last round of Energy Efficiency grants: Grant cap increased to $1 million, with minimum…

Study to Evaluate Current and Alternative Methods for Calculating Area Median Income in Washington State

Commerce is soliciting proposals from qualified applicants to conduct a study of current and alternative methods for calculating Area Median Income (AMI) in Washington State. Commerce is seeking a consultant to collaborate with Commerce staff and external stakeholders to evaluate the impact and feasibility of both current and alternative AMI methods, including the use of AMI data by state legislative district. The consultant will conduct a thorough study, apply and…

NW Innovation Resource Center, Mt. Vernon Library Commons redevelopment project among sites visited by Washington Commerce Director Fong today

NW Innovation Resource Center, Mt. Vernon Library Commons redevelopment project among sites visited by Washington Commerce Director Fong today

Clean technology, key community initiatives fill agenda throughout Skagit County as state commerce director continues travels to all 39 Washington counties SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — Washington State Commerce Director Mike Fong today toured the Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Center, the first stop on an agenda in Skagit County that also included Sedron Technologies, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, and Triumph Teen Life Center and the Library Commons…

Climate Commitment Act dollars at work: Commerce funds efforts to bring more community voices to table in growth management planning

Climate Commitment Act dollars at work: Commerce funds efforts to bring more community voices to table in growth management planning

Grants to 26 community-based organizations seek to engage more perspectives in local process for comprehensive plan updates in nine counties statewide OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is awarding $2.2 million to 26 community-based organizations to participate in local planning efforts under the state Growth Management Act. Organizations will use this funding to help engage local policy makers and bring marginalized voices and community perspectives on specific…

Commerce invests $7.3 million to sustain five community-based behavioral health facilities

Commerce invests $7.3 million to sustain five community-based behavioral health facilities

Closure prevention funding will ensure long-term viability of 236 behavioral health beds, maintain outpatient treatment services in King, Kitsap and Yakima counties OLYMPIA, Wash. – Vital behavioral health facilities and services in three counties will receive a needed capital funding infusion from the Washington State Department of Commerce to ensure their availability over the next 10 years. The department today announced $7.3 million in closure prevention grants, responding to urgent…

State Project Improvement (SPI) grants

Request for Applications: SPI-024  $4,850,000 is available for the 2023-25 biennium to state agencies including public higher education institutions. Applications will be reviewed for award on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be accepted as long as funding is available. The period of performance will end June 30, 2025.  Projects may already be under contract or in construction at the time of application, however costs will not be reimbursed retroactively.…

$91 million available to develop affordable housing projects

2024 Multifamily Rental Funding Round accepting applications now through Sept. 18, 2024 Applications may be submitted for multifamily rental projects seeking capital financing from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and the federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) programs. There are two separate Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) open.  Approximately $91.7 million is available across these two notices. Applications are due to the Department of Commerce by…