Commerce will begin accepting Library Capital Improvement Program grant applications March 17

Commerce will begin accepting Library Capital Improvement Program grant applications March 17

  • February 19, 2020

The Legislature established the Library Capital Improvement Program in 2019 to help with acquisition, construction and renovation of aging library facilities. This program will allow libraries to apply for grants to improve or replace facilities. Applications will only be accepted through ZoomGrants. Applications will be open: March 17 at 8 a.m. Applications must be submitted by May 15 at noon. *Please note the revised application opening and submission dates. Eligible applicants are

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Commerce launches new, improved Retirement Marketplace

Commerce launches new, improved Retirement Marketplace

  • February 12, 2020

Updated web portal with user-friendly design features and more educational resources helps owners of small businesses and individuals easily shop for affordable, state-verified retirement savings plans.

Feb. 14: State Office of Homeless Youth event spotlights new report findings and recommendations, with young people telling their personal stories

Feb. 14: State Office of Homeless Youth event spotlights new report findings and recommendations, with young people telling their personal stories

  • February 11, 2020

“Improving Stability for Youth Exiting State Systems of Care” report to the Legislature presents detailed picture of young people struggling to get a footing and launches work on study recommendations OLYMPIA, WA — Each year, about 1,800 young people leaving a publicly-funded system of care in Washington find themselves without stable housing within 12 months of exiting to life on their own. A new report from the state Office of

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State Public Works Board accepting grant applications for broadband feasibility and outreach

State Public Works Board accepting grant applications for broadband feasibility and outreach

  • February 10, 2020

$50K is available for grants to fund outreach and engagement to unserved communities OLYMPIA, Wash. –The Washington State Public Works Board begins accepting applications this week for feasibility and outreach grants. Funding will support public outreach and engagement activities that establish and galvanize community-based efforts to bring critical broadband infrastructure to unserved areas around the state. Community-based efforts, such as Broadband Action Teams, are essential to ensure that community needs are met

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State Public Works Board votes to support tribal broadband access

State Public Works Board votes to support tribal broadband access

  • February 10, 2020

State to explore funding opportunities to assist tribes pursuing access to unassigned spectrum over their lands OLYMPIA, Wash. –At its February meeting, the Washington State Public Works Board voted unanimously to support any of Washington’s 29 federally recognized tribes that are granted a license under the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Rural Tribal 2.5GHz Tribal Priority Window. The PWB pledges its support, through its broadband grant and loan program, to eligible

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Commerce awards $17.2 million for early learning facilities

Commerce awards $17.2 million for early learning facilities

  • February 6, 2020

Grants will provide additional high-quality early learning opportunities for more than 1,270 children across the state OLYMPIA, WA —- The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), today announced $17.2 million in grants to 39 current and new early learning providers across the state. The grants provide financial support to allow Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) contractors and Working

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Commerce now accepting applications for Electrification of Transportation Systems grants

Commerce now accepting applications for Electrification of Transportation Systems grants

  • February 5, 2020

$10.6 million available to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Washington state OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for a new grant through the Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) program. Potential applicants must be part of Washington state local government, a retail electric utility serving Washington state, or any organization partnering with qualified entities. All modes of transportation qualify, and Commerce is prioritizing

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Kendrick Stewart named deputy director of Washington State Department of Commerce

Kendrick Stewart named deputy director of Washington State Department of Commerce

  • January 30, 2020

OLYMPIA, WA — Washington State Commerce Director Lisa Brown today announced Kendrick Stewart will lead internal operations of the cabinet agency with nearly 350 employees and nearly 100 programs serving community and economic development throughout Washington. “Kendrick knows this agency well, having served on our executive team before,” Brown said. “His work in diversity, equity and inclusion will help us advance our efforts in this area. He is well prepared to focus on strengthening

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Millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed each year – is some of it yours?

Millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed each year – is some of it yours?

  • January 29, 2020

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an important benefit for working people with low to moderate incomes, but you must file a federal tax return to get it, even if you owe no income tax. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce reminds anyone earning up to $55,952 that they may be eligible to receive the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). To take advantage of this

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