Yakima County Small Business CARES Grant

CLOSED – We are no longer taking applications. For an update: CLICK HERE

A message from the Yakima County Commissioners

Introducing the Yakima County Small Business CARES Grant

Yakima County Commissioners designate $2.8 million in CARES funding for small business grant assistance with no repayment requirements to be administered by the Yakima County Development Association. Yakima County businesses are able to apply for up to $10,000 to be used for expenses such as business rent/mortgage, business utilities, and business insurance expenses that were incurred on or after March 27, 2020.

Below businesses can find information on the eligibility requirements, documents needed, answers to their FAQs, a video to help them navigate the application process, and a link to the application form. For other questions, please call 509-575-1140.

Deadline for the first round of applications is Monday, July 13, 2020 at 5 PM.

Para saber más sobre este programa en español.

Yakima County CARES Grant Flyer

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Do I meet the eligibility requirements?



  • Be for profit

  • Be physically located in Yakima County

  • Have had to close or reduce its capacity to operate based on the Governor’s orders

  • Have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees as of the date it applies

  • Have lost revenue due to COVID-19

New businesses who are under one year old are welcome to apply! This grant program does not have a requirement on how long the business has been operating.

What can I use the funds for?

These funds are ONLY to be used for the following business operation costs incurred on or after March 27, 2020. 




*No other expenses are eligible for this grant program.

What do I need to apply?

The business owner will need the following documents to apply for this financial business relief program.

  • Washington State business license

  • Business expenses such as invoices or receipt for what the funds will be used for

Where can I find the FAQs?


How many awards will be available?

It is anticipated that 2,000 or more applications will be received for this grant program. There are enough funds for approximately 280 to 320 grant awards.


When did this application open and how did you notify businesses?

The application cycle for this grant program opened on Monday, June 29, 2020.  A letter announcing the grant program was mailed to every business address in the County. The letter was in both English and Spanish to ensure all business owners know how to apply.


How do I fill out the application?

Need help or don’t know what to expect in the application? Watch this video on how to apply so you are best prepared for it.

Where can I apply?

We are no longer taking applications.