is being awarded to Benton County businesses. Your business could be one.

BRI helps Benton County businesses get back on track with grants from

$3,000 to $30,000.

The past few years have been incredibly tough on businesses, including those right here in Benton County. Business Resource Initiative grants help small businesses like yours prepare for a successful future.

You can use this money for:

Hiring Bonuses
New or Existing Employee Certifications & Upskilling Costs
Online Presence, Technology & Software Upgrades
Payroll Assistance for On-The-Job Training
Utility and Rent Assistance
Outdoor Store Improvements

Is your business eligible for a BRI grant?

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What are the eligibility requirements for this BRI grant?
  • Must be an active business or nonprofit (Nonprofits are eligible to receive funding if they have a primary business activity that is similar to the eligible businesses who qualify for this program)
  • Must have a valid government issued photo identification (ID)
  • Must have less than 51 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Reported annual gross income of at least $30,000 in 2021
  • Have not reported annual gross income of more than $5,000,000 in calendar year 2019
  • Headquarters or main office physically located in Benton County, WA where a majority of employees are assigned
  • Business must be independently owned and operated (Independently owned and operated means that the ownership interests, management, and operation of the business are not subject to control, restriction, modification, or limitation by a person or corporation with no formal role in the operation of the business)
  • Valid and current state and/or local business license as required by law
  • No pending compliance or regulatory issues with state or federal agencies, as of March 1, 2020.
  • Must provide financial documentation to validate business income
    • 2019 Federal Tax Return (if business was open in 2019)
    • 2020 Federal Tax Return
    • 2021 Federal Tax Return (or four quarterly Department of Revenue filings)
    • Accounting records (bank statements) for the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application showing revenue in prior months, payroll expenses, rent payments, and utility expenses
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What would make my business ineligible for a BRI grant?
  • Disbarment, or current compliance/regulatory issues with state or federal agencies, as of March 1, 2020.
  • Actively pursuing a bankruptcy declaration or actively engaged in current/pending lawsuits.
  • Ineligible business categories:
    • Marijuana/cannabis operation
    • Government entity or elected official offices
    • Passive business, investment companies and investors who file a Schedule E on their personal tax returns
    • Financial Businesses primarily engaged in the business of lending
    • Businesses engaged in socially undesirable activity or activity that may be considered predatory in nature
    • Businesses of a prurient/sexual nature
    • Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
    • Businesses that restrict patronage for any reason other than capacity or age, due to regulations

After reviewing qualifications:

Yes, I’m eligible.

Great, you will need your 2019-2022 tax documents to start the application.

Take me to Apply

Not eligible?

There are many other grants and resources available and we would love to assist you.

Contact Our Business Navigator

Need more information? View all BRI grant FAQs.