Commerce awards $388,000 to help convert Larch Corrections Center from oil to renewable wood energy

Commerce awards $388,000 to help convert Larch Corrections Center from oil to renewable wood energy

  • May 24, 2021

Clean Energy Fund grant program supports conversion of old oil and propane furnaces and boilers in public facilities to renewable wood biomass fuel.  OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a $388,000 award to the Washington State Department of Corrections through the Wood Energy for Public Facilities program, part of Washington state’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF). It’s the first CEF project aimed at converting a state

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Commerce awards $4 million to make community buildings more energy efficient

Commerce awards $4 million to make community buildings more energy efficient

  • May 20, 2021

Projects save taxpayer dollars by retrofitting schools, hospitals and municipal facilities and upgrading heating, cooling and lighting systems to reduce energy consumption. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced nearly $4 million in grants to state and local government agencies for 17 energy efficiency projects that will deliver a projected reduction of more than 5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually – enough to power about 480

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Nonprofit Community Relief grant program open for eligible Washington state veteran service organizations

Nonprofit Community Relief grant program open for eligible Washington state veteran service organizations

  • May 19, 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to administer $1.25 million in Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grant funding to nonprofit veteran service organizations (VSOs). The grant focuses on statewide VSOs with networks of local chapters. Additional information and application forms are available at dva.wa.gov/ncrgrant. All applications received by 11:59 p.m. on May 24, 2021 will be considered. “As we look

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State leaders urge drivers to plan ahead when it comes to fueling up as surge in road travel expected throughout the travel season

State leaders urge drivers to plan ahead when it comes to fueling up as surge in road travel expected throughout the travel season

  • May 18, 2021

Smartphone apps can help drivers locate open gas stations as ongoing shortage of fuel truck drivers may cause lag in deliveries Memorial Day is approaching, bringing with it the unofficial launch of the spring and summer travel season. While air travel is steadily increasing, a larger-than-average number of travelers are expected to travel by car due to the pandemic. State leaders are encouraging travelers to plan ahead as the increased

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Commerce awards $234 million in fourth round of Working WA small business grants

Commerce awards $234 million in fourth round of Working WA small business grants

  • May 13, 2021

Over 20% of the 11,697 grantees say they will use funds to reopen OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded an additional $234 million in Working Washington relief and recovery grants to 11,697 small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Of those receiving grants, over 20% indicated that they will use the money to assist them in reopening, while the remaining said they will cover operating expenses.

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Commerce and ArtsFund partner to offer $10 million in grants to help nonprofit community organizations

Commerce and ArtsFund partner to offer $10 million in grants to help nonprofit community organizations

  • May 3, 2021

Nonprofit Community Relief grant application portal opens May 10 for eligible Washington state organizations OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with ArtsFund to provide over $10 million in grants to help community organizations across the state that have been impacted by the pandemic. The Nonprofit Community Relief grant program focuses on arts, culture, science and heritage nonprofits, as well as organizations whose primary mission is

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Commerce releases new Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard 

Commerce releases new Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard 

  • April 29, 2021

Updated standard is required for all affordable housing projects seeking state capital funding OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Commerce today released Version 4.0 of the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS). Compliance with the updated ESDS will be required of all affordable housing projects applying for funds from the state Housing Trust Fund in 2021. Projects that received awards from other funders in 2020, but were not fully

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State teams with Premera Blue Cross to invest $2.24 million to increase rural mental health crisis care capacity

State teams with Premera Blue Cross to invest $2.24 million to increase rural mental health crisis care capacity

  • April 12, 2021

Unique public-private partnership funds capital grants that will create more options for people to get multiple levels of crisis stabilization care locally in communities throughout the state OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $2.24 million in capital grants to three behavioral health care providers across the state. Funding is provided through an innovative partnership with Premera Blue Cross – the first of its kind in

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Commerce launches new round of free online business trainings, including first evening class

Commerce launches new round of free online business trainings, including first evening class

  • April 8, 2021

ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition adds three new session dates targeted to established small businesses looking to grow in wake of COVID OLYMPIA, WA – ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition, a partnership between the Washington State Department of Commerce and Thurston Economic Development Council, has scheduled three new tracks for small businesses interested in achieving significant growth in the wake of COVID. The online courses are once a week for eight weeks.

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State partners with BECU Foundation to expand funding and resources to historically underserved and hard-to-reach small businesses

State partners with BECU Foundation to expand funding and resources to historically underserved and hard-to-reach small businesses

  • March 30, 2021

Partnership adds a dozen new organizations statewide providing outreach and technical assistance in nearly 40 languages to small business owners affected by COVID-19 OLYMPIA, Wash. – The needs of small business owners trying to recover from the pandemic are vast and varied. While many business owners have connections and resources that help them tap into government and philanthropic aid programs, significant barriers exist that prevent many others from accessing those

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