Pierce County Small Business Innovation Matching Grant Program

Application deadline for First Round of Funding closed


The Pierce County Small Business Innovation Matching Grant program helps small businesses located in unincorporatedPierce County move forward in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The grant will aid in covering costs related to innovative projects that will help businesses grow and ultimately become more resilient. Eligible businesses should demonstrate a need for funding that will allow the business to implement new ideas, improve operations and processes, or upgrade facilities and equipment. The County Council has allocated $4M of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support this grant program.

Subject to available funds, the grant reimburses 50% of eligible costs up to $20,000 per applicant.

Deadline for first round of funding: Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

*The term "unincorporated" refers to any areas that do not fall within the limits of a city in Pierce County. 

Contact Information


Pierce County Economic Development

950 Pacific Ave. 

Suite 525

Tacoma WA 98402


Email: [email protected] 


Phone: 
253-798-6150

  1. Business eligibility
  2. Project eligibility
  3. Eligibility Considerations
  • For-profit or non-profit business physically located in UNINCORPORATED* Pierce County. 
  • Have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (including business owner)
  • Have been in business at least two (2) years
  • Have an independent business and not a corporate chain or corporate franchise
  • Have an active Washington State business license
  • Childcare businesses must be State licensed
  • Childcare businesses MUST have a commercial lease or be a commercial property owner (in-home childcare settings are not eligible)

*The term "unincorporated" refers to any areas that do not fall within the limits of a city in Pierce County.  

Grant funds may be taxable income; please consult with your financial advisor for guidance; a 1099 will be issued to a grant recipient as required by the IRS.

Resources

  1. Application Checklist
  • Project description
  • Explanation of how the project will allow the business to implement new ideas, improve operations and processes, or upgrade facilities and equipment. 
  • Any supporting documents that help describe your project. 
  1. Following Approval Checklist
  1. Download FAQs Flyer

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