Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and organizations have been forced to close their doors. As a result, Everett’s local economy has suffered the consequences. To combat the economic woes of the pandemic and push the city back in the right direction, the city of Everett has created the Everett Forward Grant Program.

Funded by the American Rescue Plan, the program offers one-time grants to businesses and eligible applicants with innovative solutions to move Everett’s economy forward, according to the City of Everett’s website.

It explains that whether you are a business, a nonprofit, an artist, or an active neighborhood group, if you have a program or project that will help move Everett forward, they want to hear from you.

“The Everett Forward Grant program is designed with equality, creativity and community empowerment at its forefront,” said Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin.

The program will allocate $1 million in American Rescue plan funds. According to the website, the program and application process are designed to be simple and accessible for many different types of organizations.

If you’re eligible for the grant, some of the funding ranges from $5,000 and up for projects that support economic recovery. Businesses, nonprofits, community organizations and individual sole proprietors are those who make up the list of eligibility.

“We want to use this opportunity to build up Everett’s economy, vibe and amenities so they’re better than before the pandemic,” said Dan Eernissee, the City’s economic development director.

Starting Aug. 12, grant applications will be reviewed each Thursday and will continue until all funds are awarded.

The Everett Forward Grant Program is a follow-up program to the City’s Everett CARES Grant Program, which distributed $1.8 million to over 150 small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Visit everettwa.gov/forwardgrant to learn more and apply.

Daniel Albert is an Award-Winning journalist majoring in Integrated Strategic Communications at Washington State University.