In early August, the Pierce County Council passed two ordinances aimed at making more funding available to local businesses struggling from impacts of COVID-19. The first ordinance doubled the total amount of funding available through a previously established COVID-19 Adaptation Grant Program, bringing the total authorized for assistance to $10 million. The second ordinance established a Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance Program that provides limited assistance to eligible businesses to help protect jobs threatened by COVID-19. To learn more about this expansion visit here. Pierce County small businesses who have experienced significant economic injury as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for a loan through the county’s Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Program if they meet specific criteria. Read more.