SMALL BUSINESS & ARTS COMMUNITY
Strengthen local small businesses and artists.
We’re all in this together, and together, we’ll get through this.
Businesses and artists across the region are deeply impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19. Governor Inslee’s statewide order “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” required closure of public facing, non-essential businesses already hard hit by health considerations, work at home directives and social distancing.
Small businesses have lost customers, employees, and sources of income. Our favorite cafes and restaurants, retailers and boutiques, salons and spas, gyms and yoga studios, and more…all are struggling.
Artists have lost their ability to perform and therefore their sources of income. Those in the arts are who we’ve turned to enrich our lives and comfort us with their music, video and other medium.
All of these businesses support thousands of local jobs. They are our friends and neighbors and the face of our community. We are committed to doing all we can to help our small business community through this destabilizing time.
Invest in Tri-Cities’ Small Businesses
Local small businesses are struggling to survive. In response to the adverse economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fuse SPC, TRIDEC and Visit Tri-Cities have developed the Tri-Cities Small Business Response Fund to provide short-term financial support to local small businesses. Eligible applicants for this support are for-profit businesses with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland. Funds may be used to support operating expenses.
Applications will be approved by a committee, based on availability of funds donated through a 501c(3) organization. Thank you for helping us to respond quickly to this crisis with funds to support the Tri-Cities Small Business Response Fund.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a contribution to this fund.
Support Local Businesses
Small businesses are struggling to survive yet we need them healthy and ready when the current crisis passes. Here are some ways that you can help:
Order take-out or delivery. Get lists and links at:
Reschedule your appointments, instead of cancelling
Bring much-needed attention their way through social media—leave positive reviews, share a shout-out or encouragement
Buy their gift cards and branded merchandise
Support Local Artists through The Arts Center Task Force
While we are sheltering in place, to whom are we turning for diversion? We turn to our local artist community, but they are struggling as they now have limited opportunities for work.
Our regional Arts Center Task Force created the COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund to provide short-term relief in the form of unrestricted grants to Tri-Cities artists and arts organizations who have lost income because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Our necessary efforts to flatten the curve of the pandemic by "Sheltering in Place" have had catastrophic effects on artists, arts and culture organizations in our community. It is our responsibility to preserve our cultural resources.
100% of all donations will go to support local artists and arts groups unless they are specifically designated for ACTF.