Historic budget accelerates investments in helping businesses, families and local governments rebound and grow

Historic budget accelerates investments in helping businesses, families and local governments rebound and grow

As you are likely aware by now, the 2021-23 state biennial budget makes historic investments in Washington’s recovery and growth trajectory coming out of the pandemic. At Commerce, we are preparing for significant work ahead as we implement a $2.7 billion operating budget and $2.4 billion in capital funding. Our team is growing – we’re recruiting exceptional team members, so I invite you to check out and share positions currently…

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

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…

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

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…

State Public Works Board announces June broadband infrastructure webinars

State Public Works Board announces June broadband infrastructure webinars

Stakeholder roundtable and broadband construction application workshop scheduled OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Public Works Board is hosting two broadband infrastructure webinars in June: Stakeholder Roundtable, June 17, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. This online meeting provides an update on development of the Public Works Board broadband program. The Zoom webinar will engage stakeholders and partners in an open discussion about completed work, where the program is headed, and current stakeholder efforts…

Commerce awards $75,000 to address housing affordability in three rural communities

Commerce awards $75,000 to address housing affordability in three rural communities

Othello, Stevenson and Cowlitz County will use grant funds to develop housing action plans and adopt municipal code changes to make it easier for rural residents to find housing they can afford.   OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded growth management grants of $25,000 each to Othello, Stevenson and Cowlitz County to help the communities address housing affordability. “These grants support and strengthen communities in their…

Commerce announces $5 million emergency response grant for tribes

Commerce announces $5 million emergency response grant for tribes

STORY UPDATED May 21, 2020: Additional $5 million in grants approved today, bringing total state emergency assistance to tribes to $10 million. For more information, visit this page. Tribal communities across the state will have access to funding to help address increased demand and costs associated with COVID-19 response. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $5 million in emergency grants is now available to the 29…

Place and partnership guide community engagement on top priorities

Regionalism is one of the top themes framing the work of Commerce’s team this year. Washington state is diverse in many ways, from our economy and environment to our history and culture.  Diversity is one of our state’s greatest strengths, and it also poses some big challenges. The unique attributes and aspirations of Washington’s cities, towns and Tribal nations vary greatly, requiring much more than a one-size-fits-all approach to our…

Commerce awards $4 million to 52 communities to address housing affordability

Commerce awards $4 million to 52 communities to address housing affordability

Grants will fund housing action plans and city code changes to increase urban residential building capacity and streamline development regulations. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 52 cities will receive a total of $4 million to address housing affordability.  The grants may be used to support development of housing action plans, municipal code changes, subarea planning and environmental reviews – actions which are intended to…

Commerce awards $10.5 million for vital infrastructure projects in 25 rural communities

Commerce awards $10.5 million for vital infrastructure projects in 25 rural communities

Community Development Block Grants will help fund high-priority local projects throughout Washington state OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 25 rural cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2019. Twenty-seven projects were selected from 41 grant applications requesting over $20 million. The projects awarded funding will improve water and sewer systems, streets, community…

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

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…