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Program description

The Everett Forward Grant Program offers one-time grants to businesses and eligible applicants with innovative solutions to move Everett’s economy forward. 

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Everett's economy are broad and differ significantly across businesses, industries and neighborhoods. The Everett Forward Grant Program is designed with equity, creativity and community empowerment at its forefront.

Everett's economic recovery requires creativity and collaboration across all of Everett. Whether you're a business, a nonprofit, an artist or an active neighborhood group, if you have a program or project that will help move Everett forward, we want to hear from you. 

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP0494 awarded to the City of Everett by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

Grant award information

$1 million is allocated to round one of the Everett Forward Grant Program. 

Applicants may request a fixed grant amount ranging from $5,000 and up. Cost-share/matching funds are not required, but will be considered when evaluating applications.

Applications will be reviewed and considered for the requested amount, but may only receive partial funding.

We encourage applicants to request a grant amount reflecting their project scope, overall organization size and internal capacity. 

Grant funds must be allocated to projects that support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples of eligible funding opportunities

The areas listed below highlight a few areas of our economy hit hard by the pandemic. Applications proposing solutions and projects outside these areas are encouraged and will be given full consideration.


Brick and mortar businesses: Grants can help our retailers and restaurants by funding outdoor dining, outdoor furniture, weather protection, parklets, signage, bike racks, landscaping, or other investments that improve the exterior aesthetics and experience for all.

Arts, culture and experiences: Grants can stimulate tourism, support artists and bolster venues by funding public art, performances, events and experiences.

Education, childcare, STEM and entrepreneurship: Grants can fund a range of projects to move Everett’s economy forward by supporting workers and working families, launching lifelong learners, training future leaders and fostering entrepreneurs. 

Human services: Grants can encourage commerce and walkability by supporting human service programs that serve needs that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. 

Grant application review process and schedule

We will close the EFG Round 1 application at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021. We estimate Round 1 will have close to 100 EFG applications representing several million dollars of requests. 

Beginning September 9, 2021 all Round 1 applications will be evaluated together. 

Applicants will be notified once the review committee completes there review process. 

Application process overview

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The application process consists of four steps:

  1. First, make sure you’re eligible before you apply. The eligibility requirements are below under step one. 

  2. Next, download and complete the application workbook. The application workbook is a guide to help you complete your application. It is a Microsoft Word document with instructions and the application questions. We recommend doing all your application work in this document so you can simply copy and paste your answers over to the application.

  3. Apply after you've verified you're eligible and have completed the application workbook. The application is an online form linked below, under step three. Copy and paste your answers from the workbook into the online application form, upload any supporting documents and click submit at the bottom.

  4. Wait. Our team will reply within 10 business days of your application.

Ready to begin the process? Scroll down to step one. 

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To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  1. If awarded a grant, your organization/business must be licensed by the City of Everett. If you do not have an Everett business license, you can apply for one and write, "applied" on your Everett Forward Grant application. 
  2. Prove that your business/organization has suffered an economic loss due to COVID-19
  3. Your organization, whether brick and mortar or home-based, must be located within Everett city limits. Or, if not located in Everett city limits, it must serve the people of Everett. 
  4. Your organization cannot be a national chain.
  5. If applicable, all city taxes and fees must be paid and current as of Dec. 31, 2020
  6. Your organization cannot be facing any pending litigation or legal action.
  7. Your organization does not have unresolved state or city compliance or regulatory issues. 

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Download the Everett Forward Grant application workbook. THIS IS NOT THE APPLICATION. It is a helpful instructional guide that will help you with the questions and gather the necessary information to complete your grant application.

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Applications are closed. 

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Once you've submitted your grant application, someone from our team will contact you within 10 business days and provide a status update.

Frequently asked questions 

Q: What do I do if I have a question? 

A: We're here to help! Send an email to Tyler Chism at tchism@everettwa.gov.

Q: Is my project eligible for an Everett Forward Grant?

A: See eligibility requirements above, under step two. If you're unsure, email tchism@everettwa.gov.

Q: I have applied. When will I hear back?

A: You will hear back within 10 business days.

Q: Will I get the full grant amount I requested? 

A: Hopefully, but there's a chance you may only receive partial funding.

Q: If I'm awarded a grant, will the City just write me a check? 

A: In most cases, no. There will be an underwriting process to ensure the funds support the intended project. 

Q: Are bars, tattoo businesses and entertainment venues eligible?

A: Yes.

Q: Do I need to be a business to get a grant? Do individual, independent artists qualify? 

A: Yes and yes. Individuals doing business as sole proprietors qualify. You will need to be a legitimate, sole proprietorship, and licensed with the state and City of Everett before receiving a grant. 

Q: Will every eligible organization that applies get a grant?

A: No. We anticipate the number of grant requests will outnumber the funds we have to give out. 

Q: Do I increase my chances of getting a grant if I request less money?

A: No. You should request what's needed to complete your project successfully. 

Q: Are matching funds required for me to get a grant?

A: No, but they will be considered when reviewing applications. Generally speaking, a project where the organization shares in the investment will be looked upon more favorably than a project requesting funds to cover 100% of the project fee. Sweat equity and in-kind (donated) matches count. 

Q: Will grants be awarded on a first-come, first-awarded basis?

A: Grant applications will be reviewed by the committee every Thursday. Grants will be awarded until all funds are exhausted. There is a total of $1 million in grant funds to give out in this round. Since grants will range in dollar amount, scope and scale, it's hard to say how many weeks (rounds) the program will be open. 

Q: How do I get an Everett business license? 

A: You may apply here. If you have questions, you can call our Clerk's Office at 425-257-8610.