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Small Business Recovery Grant Program Expanded

To mitigate the impact of closer orders due to COVID-19 on City of Auburn restaurants, dining & drinking establishment without drive-thru capabilities, and gyms, training centers, performing arts centers and theaters, the City of Auburn has expanded its Small Business Assistance Grant Program. The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses in the City of Auburn to aid in maintaining their business and workforce. Eligible grant recipients will receive a grant award in the amount of $2,000.

At a minimum businesses eligible to apply for grant funds from the City of Auburn must meet the following criteria:

  • Business has a physical presence (address) located within a commercial zone within the City of Auburn. (Home based businesses do not qualify).
  • Business is a restaurant, dining & drinking establishment without drive-thru capabilities, or a gym, training center, performing arts center or theater.
  • Business is in good standing (including: current City of Auburn business license; current on all State and regulatory requirements; not facing pending litigation or legal action, including Shoreline code enforcement).
  • Be a for-profit business established prior to January 1, 2020.
  • Business was adversely impacted by mandatory and/or voluntary business closures directly related to the public health response related to COVID-19. Have selected Food Service, Manufacturing, Retail, Wholesale or Other for “type” of business on your City of Auburn business license application.

The City of Auburn reserves the right to change or modify the above referenced criteria without notice.

Based upon the aforementioned criteria above, if you believe your business qualifies for the City of Auburn Business Assistance grant and you would like to apply for a grant award, please download the Small Business Assistance Grant Application (PDF). Application deadline is 5:00 PM (PST) December 28th, 2020. Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Information

For further information or questions, please email: [email protected]
or call the Office of Economic Development at 253-804-3101.
Inquiries by email are highly encouraged because city staff has continuous access to email.


Small Business Recovery Grant Program (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on City of Auburn small businesses and their employees, The City of Auburn Council has committed up to $650,000 in one-time funds to create a Small Business Assistance Grant Program. The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses in the City of Auburn to aid in maintaining their business and workforce. Eligible grant recipients will receive a grant award in the amount of $1,300.

After the initial funds are depleted, the City will retain applications received and track the order in which they were received, as the City is hopeful it will be able to continue awarding grants if additional funds become available.

At a minimum businesses eligible to apply for grant funds from the City of Auburn must meet the following criteria:

  • Business has a physical presence (address) located within a commercial zone within the City of Auburn. (Home based businesses do not qualify).

  • Business is in good standing (including: current City of Auburn business license; current on all State and regulatory requirements; not facing pending litigation or legal action, including Shoreline code enforcement).

  • Be a for-profit business established prior to January 1, 2020.

  • Have 25 or fewer employees (as indicated on your City of Auburn business license application).
  • Business was adversely impacted by mandatory and/or voluntary business closures directly related to the public health response related to COVID-19. Have selected Food Service, Manufacturing, Retail, Wholesale or Other for “type” of business on your City of Auburn business license application.

The City of Auburn has also determined that the following “types” of businesses do not qualify:

  • Professional Services: Tax preparation and services, Attorney or legal services, Accounting services, Bookkeeping services, Financial services or Environmental services.
  • Retail: Convenience stores with gas stations, Pawn shops, Vehicle accessories sales, Landscape supply sales, online sales (as primary source of sales), Construction supply sales, Commercial or residential paint stores and drive through Coffee stands.
  • Automotive Services: Maintenance Shops, Car dealerships with maintenance/service department, Automotive accessories sales or service, and Automotive paint shops.
  • Medical: Family physicians/doctors, Primary care, Dentists, Orthodontics, Natural Health doctors’ offices and Veterinarians.
  •  Food: Whole food sales and distribution.
  • Other: Distribution companies, Construction, Construction subcontractors and Construction supplies and material sales. 

The City of Auburn reserves the right to change or modify the above referenced criteria without notice.

Based upon the aforementioned criteria above, if you believe your business qualifies for the City of Auburn Business Assistance grant and you would like to apply for a grant award, please download the Small Business Assistance Grant Application (PDF). Application deadline is 5:00 PM (PST) November 15, 2020.
Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Information

For further information or questions, please email: [email protected]
or call the Office of Economic Development at 253-804-3101.
Inquiries by email are highly encouraged because city staff has continuous access to email.