Small Business Stabilization Fund Pilot

  • Are you a low income small business owner?

  • Does your business have five employees or less?

  • Are you struggling to stabilize your business after construction, raising rents, displacement, crime, a personal emergency, or some other event that reduced your business income?

If you answered yes to these questions, you may qualify for a grant of up to $25,000 to help stabilize your business.

Applications close November 8, 2019.


The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) has secured funding to offer grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses in Seattle in 2019. This is a one-time pilot program.

Our outreach targets  small businesses with low income owners located in neighborhoods at high risk for displacement. 

Grants may be used to cover the day-to-day operating expenses of the business, such as payroll or losses due to destabilizing events.

In addition to funding, grantees will be provided with stabilization coaching from an OED Small Business Advocate and financial coaching from an expert. Advocates will support business owners in determining best use of grant funds and will act as liaisons to connect businesses with additional resources, such as lease education, marketing and branding support, city permit navigation, and credit counseling.

Questions? Contact Yonas Seifu, Small Business Advocate, at yonas.seifu@seattle.gov or 206-733-9743.  

Applications close November 8, 2019.