Business Relief Program

The application period has closed.

About the Grant

The City of University Place has established a $500,000 Business Relief Program to assist small, locally-operated businesses within the City of University Place negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The two-tiered Business Relief Program is designed to assist local businesses with immediate re-entry and longer-term economic recovery.

Program details:

  • $500,000 in City-administered grants for small businesses.
  • Grant awards from $1,000 to $20,000 depending on type of business, number of full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and years of operation within the City of University Place.
  • Grant recipients are required to enter into a Grant Agreement with the City.
  • Grant recipients must submit a W-9.
  • 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, no later than January 2021.
  • Applications may be subject to investigation before funds are disbursed.
  • Non-governmental nonprofit organizations who provide human services (e.g., childcare services, rental assistance and behavorial/mental health services) are also eligible to apply for assistance. These organizations should simply select “Nonprofit business” in answering the first question on the application.

Application Process

Confirm your business's eligibility by reviewing the Business Eligibility Guidelines. Educate yourself on what grant funds can be used for by reviewing the Grant Fund Guidelines.

  • Before you begin:
    • Find your UBI Number and the initial date of your University Place Business License (look up your information through the State of Washington Business Licensing Service).
    • Calculate your total (gross) revenue from March 1 to June 30 for both 2019 and 2020; or for those businesses that established a business location in University Place after March 16, 2019, calculate your total (gross) revenue from January 1 to March 31, 2020 and from April 1 to June 30, 2020.
  • Complete the online application by noon on Wednesday, July 22:


The City's goal is to notify applicants about grant decisions by July 31, 2020.

Information about how applications will be evaluated is available by reviewing the Application Evaluation Guidelines.

Privacy Information

This application and any supporting documentation is considered a public record and may be subject to public disclosure under Washington’s Public Records Act, chapter 42.56 RCW.

This project was supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the local Government Coronavirus Relief Fund thru the Washington State Department of Commerce.