Snohomish County CARES Business Relief Programs

The following projects were supported by CARES Federal Funds approved by the Snohomish County Council.

PPE Safe Start Kits for Businesses

Each box of PPE will include:
  • 1 infrared thermometer 50 cloth face masks (reusable)
  • 150 disposable masks
  • 2 (32 oz/1,000 ml) bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 100 pairs disposable gloves
  • Informational flier
Safe Starter Kit
If you are a small business interested in signing up to receive a free kit at a drive through contactless distribution event, please follow this link:

R3 Grant for Small Businesses

The R3 grant program is a key part of the relief and recovery action Snohomish County is taking to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Businesses applying for grants under this program must:
  • Be licensed to do business in the State of Washington.
  • Be a business physically located in Snohomish County.
  • Have 20 or fewer employees (including the business owner/worker).
  • Be in operation for one or more years.
  • Certify at least a 25% reduction in revenue attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Able to demonstrate that the business was a going concern before March 23, 2020.
The R3 Grant is not currently accepting applications.
Grant for small Businesses

F3 Grant

The First in Flight Funds will assist tenants at the airport, help other Snohomish County aerospace businesses sustain operations, keep local residents employed, and support the County’s overall recovery efforts.
To qualify for grants under this program, businesses must attest that they:
  • Are a current Snohomish County Airport tenant or aerospace business and have employees on-site or in Snohomish County as of March 1, 2020.
  • Meet all conditions of the Coronavirus Relief Fund CARES Act support received by Snohomish County.
  • Are a small business.
  • Have been in business continuously since March 23, 2019.
The F3 Grant is not currently accepting applications. 
F3 Grant

Aerospace Workforce Grant 

A grant program for customized, short-term training, the Aerospace Employment Recovery & Training Program (AERO-ERTP). This program aims to increase the resiliency of local businesses and to facilitate the hiring or retention of furloughed workers.

The AERO-ERTP is designed to accomplish the following: 
  • Increase local business competitiveness
  • Minimize additional layoffs
  • Recall furloughed workers
  • Adapt to new skill requirements, processes, expectations, technologies, and/or changing local, state, federal, or international regulations or standards, due to COVID 19
  • Upskill current employees including those who were furloughed and newly hired employees
  • Backfill new positions with local talent pool
The program is currently closed.

Resiliency Projects

The Economic and Workforce Recovery Task Force convened a meeting on October 21, 2020, to review the work completed to date on COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and assess what more needs to be done to build resiliency into the economy to support businesses, workers, and the community.  The Implementation Committee reviewed the Task Force’s strategies and recommended the following for implementation. 

Small Business Resiliency

Strategies support resiliency building among small businesses, local main streets and communities, as well as minority businesses who have been most impacted by the pandemic.
  • Economic Resiliency Planning for the Future: Economic development resiliency strategies tailored for each Snohomish County district that can be immediately used to address the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Small Business Equity & Resiliency: An action plan to identify the strengths and gaps in Snohomish County’s small business service delivery and address equity, inclusion and opportunity gaps. 
  • Business Resiliency Partnership: A platform to promote business best practice sharing through email newsletters and webinars, and talent identification to fill needed positions in possible partnership with regional and state efforts.

Career Resiliency

Strategies support programs that can support workers who have been laid-off or furloughed due to the pandemic and provide them with opportunities to upskill for new careers in high-demand occupations and growing industries throughout Snohomish County and the Puget Sound region.  
  • Skill-Up!: Skill development programs for laid-off or furloughed workers to acquire the skills to enter high demand occupations that will support career and business resiliency.
  • Tech Training Academy: Targeted training programs for Snohomish County displaced workers over 18 years of age targeting women, veterans, people of color for training or apprenticeship. Training will focus on high demand software programming skills for high wage job placement support with small, medium and large technology firms.

Sector Resiliency

Strategies are designed to strengthen these sectors and make them more resilient to future shocks through strengthening supply chains, introducing new innovation, marketing, and promotion.  
  • Snohomish County Aerospace Resiliency: Provide readiness strategies to meet the economic issues of the aerospace industry and to inform those strategies with an analysis of shifting market demand for parts, services, skills, and certifications
  • 5G Food Resiliency: Establish a virtual and physical agriculture space for Snohomish with 5G technology to collaboratively develop new capabilities that will improve the resiliency of County’s agriculture sector and minimize future disruptions and economic impact.
  • Tourism/Small Business Resiliency: Marketing initiatives to support Snohomish County businesses that publicize the resumption of tourism activities and steps taken by businesses to ensure a safe experience.