Small Business Strengthening and Security Grant Program

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The Pierce County Small Business Strengthening & Security Matching Grant program helps small businesses located in unincorporated* Pierce County and certain cities and towns recover from theCovid-19 pandemic become more resilient. The grant can assist with projects that will help businesses improve the safety and security of their facilities. Eligible businesses should demonstrate a need for funding that will allow the business to implement safety/security improvements, improve operations and processes, or upgrade facilities and equipment. The County Council has allocated $1M 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 $10,000 of reimbursement per applicant. Applications will be reviewed until all funds are exhausted and preference will be given to businesses in high-crime areas, those that have been victims of crime, those that can complete the project quickly, and those that have not previously received grant funding from Pierce County.

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

deadline to apply: 

feb. 16 by 5 p.m. pst

Security Grant application is now closed

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 Buckley, Carbonado, Eatonville, Fircrest, Pacific (the portion located in Pierce County), Roy, Ruston, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Wilkeson or 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. 
  • Have a commercial property lease or be a commercial property owner (in-home businesses 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.  
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