Open Manufacturing Grants and JOB SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS (JSP)

Impact Washington administers numerous federal, state and local grants. Bookmark this page and check back often to find information about currently available funds that you may be eligible to apply for. 


Washington State Department EDA/Safe Start Grant

Unique Collaboration of Public, Private and Philanthropic Organizations to Keep Small Businesses Open and Protected.

Our no-cost technical support is part of a federal grant package that supports statewide Safe Start projects to restart businesses, equitably rebuild our economy and strengthen our resilience against future downturns. The grant funds support a number of initiatives ultimately aimed at helping Washington small businesses and strengthening core industry clusters. Some of the projects are new, but several build from existing efforts with the collaboration partners.

Holistically, the program provides a broad range of support to help businesses address key areas of need, such as prevention of COVID infection and transmission, and make connections to financial resources for immediate and future resiliency:

  • Restart projects such as Impact Washington no-cost Preventative/Health Assessment include technical assistance for businesses to reopen and stay open safely.
  • Rebuild projects provide businesses an array of training and coaching services to help them retool or rethink their operations.

Every small and medium-sized manufacturer can apply for technical assistance, and we encourage all in the underserved and underrepresented businesses (BIPOC, Women, LGBTQ, super small and RURAL) to apply. 

Learn About Grant Program 

DoD OEA Washington State Department of Commerce Grant

CMMC AUDIT READINESS / DFARS, NIST 800-171 COMPLIANCE

Impact Washington (IW) has been awarded a cybersecurity grant by the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment through the Washington State Department of Commerce, with the broad intent of strengthening Washington State cyber-security posture in the defense supply chain.  Work performed under the focuses on cybersecurity training, CMMC audit readiness and includes one-on-one support for select companies.  Work funded by this grant is currently underway and will continue at least through the end-of June grant period of performance.

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COVID-19 Manufacturer Recovery Assistance Funds

Impact Washington is inviting Washington based US Small-and medium-sized manufacturers (SME's) to apply for CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds. These funds provide services that directly support a manufacturer's ability to recover from the coronavirus. The available funds are awarded through the Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Through a formal Request for Applications, Impact Washington applied to the NIST MEP Emergency Assistance Program for a portion of the nearly $50 million allocated. We were awarded $1.2 million in Recovery Funds.  

LEARN MORE ABOUT RECOVERY FUNDS

Lean into Sustainability with Impact Washington and  Washington State Department of Ecology

By using lean practices and environmental methods to decrease operating costs and reduce pollutants, this program can improve your productivity and enhance the competitiveness of your business. Make your operations Lean and Green to stay ahead of the curve.

For facilities that use, release, or throw away certain toxic chemicals, an Ecology grant can cover up to 50%-80% (up to $24k) of the project consulting fees (depending on the potential environmental savings).

Learn More About Lean and Green Programs

COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants and Loans

Please visit our COVID-19 Financial Guidance & Resource Page to learn more about what's available as a result of this crisis. 

Export Voucher

Up to $5,000 for your exporting needs.

The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Voucher program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program, offers qualified companies new to exporting or expanding into new export markets up to $5,000 for export-related expenses (a minimum 25% cash match is required). 

Learn More Voucher Program

Job Skills Program (JSP)

Attracting, developing, and maintaining a skilled workforce is a challenge faced by many employers in Washington’s targeted industry clusters. Washington’s Job Skills Program (JSP) serves to develop the skills of new or existing workers, retain and grow living wage jobs, and help companies improve their competitiveness to strengthen Washington’s economy.

Funds are awarded on a first-approved, rolling basis throughout the fiscal year. Applications are reviewed by a standing sub-committee of the Workforce Training Customer Advisory Committee. 

Learn More About JSP Grants

Job Skills Program Priorities

Industry clusters are supported by the Job Skills Program whenever possible, and awards are spread to all corners of the state, including rural areas.

Job Skills resources are also concentrated:

  • where there is a shortage of skilled labor to meet businesses’ needs;
  • where upgrading employee skills is necessary to avoid layoffs;
  • where training incumbent workers for advancement creates new vacancies;
  • where new businesses or industry clusters need a skilled labor pool; and
  • in economically disadvantaged communities with high unemployment.
Job Skills Program Shared Investments

JSP is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant program, and at least 50% of training expenses are covered by the business through cash and/or in-kind payments. Lasting working relationships develop between the business and the educational institution as both parties engage in the development and implementation of a training plan.