Accepting applications for the Equitable Access to Credit Grant

The Equitable Access to Credit Program, authorized by HB 1015 (RCW 82.04.449) (PDF), provides a tax preference mechanism that generates funds for grants to qualified lending institutions. These grants, funded through contributions in exchange for B&O tax credits, are dedicated to providing access to credit for historically underserved communities. A minimum of 65% of the value of all grants awarded in any calendar year must be allocated for native Community…

Funding available for civilian-military compatible infrastructure projects near military installations

Commerce is now accepting applications for Defense Community Compatibility Account (DCCA) funding for civilian-military compatible infrastructure projects near military installations in Washington. The purpose of the DCCA is to provide funds for development projects that affect the economy, environment, or quality-of-life opportunities for local communities located near military installations. DEADLINE TO APPLY: SEPT. 13 Example projects may include: land acquisition recovery and protection of endangered species local infrastructure affordable housing…

Apply now for a Consolidated Residential Building Permit Review Grant

The Washington State Department of Commerce is accepting applications for consolidated permit review under the Local Project Review Act. Grants of up to $187,500 will be provided to local governments to aid in streamlining residential building permit review and to help remove barriers to housing development. Applications are due Friday, May 31, 2024, by 5:00 p.m. Funding eligibility All towns, cities and counties are eligible for this program. Funding will…

Community Development Block Grant program opens General Purpose grant requests for low- and moderate-income communities

$2 million in CDBG funding available now The Washington State Department of Commerce, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has $2 million in General Purpose grant funding currently available. We anticipate an additional $11 million in funding later this year. Commerce is accepting applications on an ongoing basis through 2024. Applications submitted for CDBG General Purpose grants will be considered for currently available funding and for the funding expected later…

Apply now for Salmon Recovery Planning Grants

Join the April 18 pre-application workshop to learn more about this opportunity The Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Puget Sound National Estuary Program and the Stormwater and Habitat strategic initiative leads, is offering salmon recovery planning grants to local governments and tribes. These funds aim to advance the Governor’s statewide salmon recovery strategy and align with the Puget Sound National Estuary Partnership’s investment priorities. Funding details Grants are…

Funding Available – Youth Recreational Facilities program grants

The 2025-27 funding application closes May 28, 2024. Commerce is now accepting applications for our 2025-27 Youth Recreational Facilities (YRF) grant program. YRF competitive grants can fund 25% of eligible capital costs, up to $1.2 million, for nonresidential facilities providing recreational opportunities for youth (K-12) as long as they are integrated with social and/or educational services. This grant opportunity is available to tribes, non-profits and community based organizations. Application details…

Community-based organization public participation grants

Are you interested in shaping the future of your community? Do you want to add voices to the conversation about how your community looks and functions in the future? Is funding a barrier to your participation? If so, then you might be interested in this new funding opportunity. Recent updates to state law require Commerce to advance participation of vulnerable populations and overburdened communities in comprehensive planning processes. In response,…

Grant applications now open for clean energy projects that benefit overburdened communities and vulnerable populations

Commerce is now accepting applications to support the planning, design, and construction of clean energy projects that will improve health, resiliency, and economic outcomes for communities that face inequitable risk from energy burden, pollution, and other environmental factors. For this round of grant funding, applicants will be required to demonstrate that projects benefit overburdened communities and vulnerable populations by improving environmental health conditions, reducing energy inequities, or strengthening community resiliency.…

Request for Proposals – Facilitating a new grant program for community-based organizations

The Washington State Department of Commerce is soliciting proposals from firms interested in assisting in the development of a new grant program. The program will aid community-based organizations with participation in local planning and engagement with cities and counties currently updating their comprehensive plans and development regulations under the Growth Management Act. Commerce is seeking a consultant to provide assistance on grant program design, to develop communication tools, and provide…

Tribal Clean Energy Grants: applications now open for tribes and tribes’ contracted service providers for clean energy projects

Commerce is now accepting applications to support the planning, design, and construction of clean energy projects that promote tribal sovereignty, advance resiliency, and contribute to Washington’s decarbonization goals. These funds are exclusively available for federally recognized tribes and tribes’ contracted service providers. Approximately $16 million dollars will be available to support the following project areas: Tribal clean energy development Clean and resilient energy projects Electric grid modernization and innovation  Innovative…