Seattle allocates $1.2M to aid small businesses affected by property damage 

Apr 18, 2024
Written by WR Communications

Seattle’s small businesses have faced significant challenges due to property crime, with the city’s aid program allocating $1.2 million since its 2022 inception. In response to escalating crime rates, Seattle’s Office of Economic Development deployed nearly $2 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to support affected businesses. With property crime reaching a peak in 2022, the Seattle Police Department documented 44,424 cases, the highest since 2008. 

The program serves a dual purpose: offering relief to businesses and reinforcing support for Seattle’s small business community. 

Despite the $1.2 million expenditure, $800,000 remains from the initial federal allocation. Business owners are encouraged to apply for $2,000 grants to address current or previous property damage, including broken doors and windows, sustained since March 2020. The program reflects Seattle’s commitment to assisting small businesses in overcoming challenges and fostering resilience within the community.  

Apply for the Storefront Repair Fund 


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