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Rvcdf awards $250,000 in covid-19 small business relief grants

Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (RVCDF)—in partnership with JPMorgan Chase—has awarded $250,000 in COVID-19 grants to 57 southeast Seattle small businesses to address the immediate economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

We received 166 applications from small businesses throughout Seattle. The award criteria included: location in southeast Seattle (east of I-5, south of I-90), minority-owned, and family income of business owner(s) that falls within the limits for the Area Median Income (AMI) established by HUD. Our intention was to spread these grant funds across those three criteria as evenly as possibly. Of the 57 grants awarded, 43 recipients were low-income business owners within the HUD guidelines. Of the awards were granted, 67% of the funds were given to African/Americans, 19% to Asian Pacific Islanders, and 11% to Latina.

Achilles Productions
Antojitos Lita Rosita LLC
Avole Coffee LLC
Bakkalch Barisa Market
Balageru International Mart
Bana Restaurant
Brianna’s Salon and Barber Shop
Brooks Family Barber Shop
Carmelita’s Mexican Store
Child Care for All
Columbia City Fitness
Drae’s Lake Route
Ethiopian Community in Seattle
Five Star Laundry
Good Name LLC
Green Stone Properties Inc
Hopelight Logisitics LLC
Hotwings LLC / 12 Scoops
Huong Duong
Image Luxury Hair LLC
Iman Family Childcare
Impact Variant Consulting Group
Indie Genius Media LLC
J Styles Barbershop
JudahReign Intl
Lily Nails
Little Friends Academy 21
Love Studio LLC
Lovelash LLC
Marakie Beauty Salon
Marka Cadey
Massawa Eritrean & Ethiopian Restaurant
Mati’s Salon
Memoria Technica
Minh’s Auto
Moga Mini Market
Momona Café and Restaurant
Nong’s Barbershop
Oasis Pet Spa LLC
Paradice Enterprises LLC
Pinkey’s Style Crafters
Rahama Clothes and Jewelry
Rainier Beach Cleaners
Roadsafe Driving Academy LLC
Royal Esquire Club
Rumba Notes Lounge LLC
Shark Bite
Sheger Studio LLC
Stylin’ Hounds Spa & Boutique
That Brown Girl Cooks
The Copy Spot
Tienda Mi Pueblito
Tobya Art Gallery
Urban Impact/Rainier Health & Fitness
Westcoast Autobody
You Grow Girl!

“The grant will go a long way towards us continuing to support our community through staying active,” says awardee Alicia Haskins, Director of Rainier Health & Fitness. “Can’t stop, won’t stop!” Grant funds may be used to cover rent and utilities, supplies and inventory, business planning and consulting and working capital.

“Thanks to the generous support and partnership of JPMorgan Chase we were able to grant financial assistance to 57 small businesses here in our community. Partnerships such as this can provide a much-needed lifeline to help small businesses weather this crisis,” says Bob Luciano, RVCDF’s Director of Community Development.