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COVID-19 Support

Communities Rise is providing a range of legal and capacity building resources and support to Washington based organizations and small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Please see below for more information about what you can find on our website or how you access additional support.

After serving over 200 clients since April 2020, Communities Rise will be closing the Covid-19 clinic effective Friday, September 23, 2022. With the support of our partners, we believe the Covid-19 clinic has served its purpose of providing legal support to community organizations and small businesses impacted by Covid-19 related legal issues. After hosting the clinic for over 2 years, we are proud of the clients we have served and believe it is time to refocus our limited resources on emerging needs in our community.

Although the Covid-19 clinic is now closed, community organizations and small businesses are encouraged to apply for our monthly legal clinics and other Communities Rise legal services.

Capacity Building Support

With a lot in flux right now, we are here to provide additional support to you and your organization or small business. Please use the Support Inquiry form to describe for your nonprofit capacity-building needs (like grant writing or fundraising). 

COVID-19 Resources

This page provides resources and education on nonprofit and small business employers’ responsibilities to their employees and best practices on providing services and information to the community with respect to the coronavirus.

Lease Amendment Toolkit

This video and supplementary materials can help your small business or nonprofit navigate the process of re-negotiating or potentially ending a lease due to reduced revenue/operating income from the COVID crisis.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

This page has resources on applying for the PPP Loan program, including access to a webinar on the 2021 Changes to the PPP Loan program. Applications are currently closed.

EIDL Application Walk Thru (for Small Business)

This is an informational video to assist small businesses in applying for the COVID-19 Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application. This video will walk you through each step of the process. 

EIDL Application Walk Thru (for Nonprofits)

This is an informational video to assist nonprofits in applying for the COVID-19 Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application. This video will walk you through each step of the process.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

This page gives an overview of the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program and provides resources for more information.