For information on the new Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act please click here.  See our COVID-19 Support Page for more info and resources.

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.

This virtual clinic is designed to help small businesses and nonprofits navigate the legal issues they are experiencing due to Covid-19. This clinic is intended for Washington based small businesses and nonprofits who do not have the resources to access legal services. This clinic is limited to small businesses and nonprofits who have less than 50 employees, annual revenues of less than $2 million, or have had a significant reduction of income due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The clinic offers a free 60-minute consultation by phone or video conference with an attorney for non-litigation, Covid-19 related legal issues (like commercial leases, reopening or closing businesses, employment questions, etc.). We are unable to help with evictions where there is a court case or legal papers starting a court case.

Clinic appointments are scheduled at a time that is convenient for the client and attorney. It can take 5-10 business days for us to find an available attorney for eligible organizations. Interpretation is available in a variety of languages. Fill out our intake form here.

If you are an attorney who is interested in volunteering, please visit our Volunteer Attorney Covid Clinic Information page to learn more.

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.