CARES Act Funding

The City of Spokane received $9.9 million from the state of Washington to fund necessary responses to the impacts of COVID-19. City Council asked citizens in a community survey to weigh in on their priorities. Take a look at how the community has been supported through these emergency response efforts.

Cares Act Funding Distribution

Explore the Category titles below for more information.

Rent Assistance

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities funding will help divert Spokane City households from homelessness by covering rent payments households cannot make due to COVID-19-related job loss. Will utilize a Landlord Liaison to provide outreach to property owners and clients.

Spokane Workforce Council

Rental assistance to low-income individuals and families financially impacted by COVID-19. Apply online.

Family Promise of Spokane

Family Promise of Spokane will help to provide financial assistance to families’ impact by the COVID shutdowns from experiencing homelessness, and to provide families currently experiencing homelessness because of COVID-19.

Childcare Support

The ZoNE Project

Support for The ZoNE Learning Center, assisting students and families through the unique challenges presented by current online learning models.

Community Minded Enterprises

To support childcare business reopening and expanding via direct grants, and to help families at or below 80% area median income to overcome financial barriers that stand in the way of accessing childcare.

Spokane Public Schools

Scholarships to Spokane Public School's Daycamp's and Express Programs for qualified families.

West Central Community Center

Scholarships and additional staffing for the West Central Before and After School Childcare Program.

Southwest Community Center

Additional staffing to offer all-day homework help and support for distance learning while schools remain closed for in-person instruction.

Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center

Support for the centers Community Learning Hub, providing full day, in person programming for school aged students.

Northeast Youth Center

Scholarships, staffing, and supplies to support expanded in-person learning support.

Women Helping Women Fund

Expansion of existing childcare assistance scholarships for eligible women to meet the higher demands created through distance learning models.

YMCA of the Inland Northwest

Support for the YMCA's new full-day childcare and distance learning support programs at various locations.

Catholic Charities

Expand Childbirth and Parenting Assistance program to provide parent support, homework support, and technology support for low income families navigating distance learning.

Business, Arts, & Culture Support

Working Washington Small Business Grants – Round 3

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This funding opportunity approved 148 grants and distributed $2.4 million in aid to small and nonprofit businesses in the City of Spokane. All eligible applicants received a grant and received approximately 83% of their application request.

Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance

Live Local, a 'buy local' education campaign that will make it easier for consumers to safely patronize local businesses while pandemic restrictions are in place. For more information, visit their website.

Spokane Arts Commission

Spokane Arts Commission will provide financial assistance for local arts and culture businesses and individuals who have been devastated by the complete shutdown of their core activities in response to the pandemic.

Other Community Response Programs

Northeast Community Center

Funding to ensure continuity of service for community members in-need.

Meals of Wheels (Mid City Concerns)

Support for the on-going mission of Meals on Wheels to serve homebound seniors by providing nutritious meals.  The typical client is at a higher COVID-19 risk and Meals on Wheels has implemented new practices to safely serve homebound and self-isolating seniors throughout the pandemic.

If You Could Save Just One

Serving at-risk youth in Hillyard living in poverty by providing new distance programs supporting this population.

Feast Collective

Recovery and resiliency support, including outreach, for immigrant and former refugee groups.

Wishing Star Foundation

Medical grade PPE and therapy equipment for medically fragile children.

Lutheran Community Services

Emergency assistance and support for COVID-19 impacted individuals dealing with trauma.

Funding Priorities

We asked citizens to prioritize CARES Act Funding for COVID-19 response and recovery. Thank you to the nearly 3,300 respondents who weighed in and provided feedback. Of the five focused categories, there was consistent and balanced importance. The survey responses helped leadership make decisions and direct much needed assistance to qualified programs.

Information on the RFP Process

The City of Spokane received numerous Requests for Proposals (RFP) from agencies and organizations to administer components of an economic support funding program to address COVID-19 impacts in Spokane. The Spokane City Council has set out several categories for distribution of COVID-19 economic support funding in Resolution 2020-0041. Applications were judged on the proposer's ability to deliver the economic support according to stated criteria equitably and in a timely manner.

Applicants applied within one or more of the categories or sub-categories listed below. Following the initial funding round that focused on applications to “administer and distribute funds,” the guidelines for Round 2 were expanded to include direct assistance to non-profit agencies provided that the funding is used to support the categories below. Between the two funding rounds, the City intends to distribute at least $3 million and up to $6 million in funds in response to proposals received.

  • Rental and homeowner assistance targeted at households with income below 80% of post-COVID area median income.
  • Childcare re-opening and assistance focused on households at or below 80% of area median income.
  • Small (based on annual revenues), locally-owned, neighborhood businesses, including artists and performance venues.
  • Other community response programs responding to COVID-19 economic impacts.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Governmental entities serving within the City of Spokane
  • Public and private nonprofit or charitable organizations – typically 501(c)(3), although a range of organizational forms are eligible
  • Private for-profit organizations

The RFP is now closed but may be re-opened if funds are available. Please keep checking this page and City news releases for changes.

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