Funding/Grant Resources

This section is continuously updated with grants and funding resources that become available. Financial support is just a click away. If you need technical assistance when applying, please click on request assistance to be directly connected to someone on our team.

Washington State’s Economic Partners

The Department of Commerce and your county’s Associate Development Organizations work closely together to promote Washington State in growing the economy and building communities statewide. Sister Sky Inc., through the Native Business Center, has been contracted by the Department of Commerce to reach Washington State Native-owned businesses.

ATNI-EDC Emergency Loan Fund

The Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s Revolving Loan Fund Program provided $500,000 of capital to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. ATNI-EDC is using this capital by providing low-interest loans to businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. The ATNI-EDC Covid-19 Response Emergency Loan is available to Native-owned businesses operating on or near tribal areas in the ATNI region (broadly Oregon, Washington, and Idaho). Businesses must demonstrate that the loan funds will be used to mitigate hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that have received other financial relief will not be disqualified from this loan program and are welcome to apply.

County Business Resources

Each county has its own assistance programs available, including small business grants.

Craft3: Loans in Indian Country

Craft3 offers a loan program specifically built to understand the culture, traditions and sovereignty of Indian country.

NCAI Funding

NCAI is offering business stabilization grants in the amount of $5,000 each to a total of 28 selected Native-owned small businesses that have been severely impacted by the curtailing of commercial activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northwest Native Development Fund

The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products.

SBA Debt Relief

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This covers all principal, interest and fees on current and new SBA 7(a) loans made through Sep. 27, 2020, for up to six months.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

The SBA’s Express Bridge Loan allows small businesses that have an existing business relationship with a participating lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

Sister Sky, Inc.

Sister Sky Inc. is a SBA-certified 8(a), Native American, economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business (EDWOSB) dedicated to delivering empowerment and enrichment services to Native American and disadvantaged communities through culturally-conscious training, technical assistance, event management and communications.

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Response

The USDA is are taking a number of steps to help rural communities and agricultural producers through their single-family, multi-family, business-cooperative, and utility service provider programs.

Camp Crier

In many Native American traditions, those who reported news were called Camp Criers. Camp Criers would walk, run or ride from person to person or home to home until everyone was informed.

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Sister Sky Inc. Provides Suicide Prevention Training for Indian Health Service

Native American-owned Small Business Chosen to Provide Culturally Customized Suicide Prevention Training for 17,000 IHS Employees Spokane, WA: Suicide is an urgent public health concern across the United States, but its severity for American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and for AI/AN young people, is unimaginably devastating. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death […]

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Washington State Department Launches Grant for Disadvantages Community Business Owners

Funding and Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic SPOKANE, WA. (October 6, 2020) – Washington State’s Department of Commerce announced the launch of the Small Business Resiliency grant program! $5 million in grants will be awarded to small business owners in disadvantaged communities across Washington State. Sister Sky Inc. is the preferred contractor […]

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Northwest Native Development Fund Receives $1,083,300 Award From U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund

Native Business Center congratulates the Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF). This is exciting news for Indian Country!  Good job NNDF! September 25, 2020 Coulee Dam Washington – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) learned yesterday that they will become the recipient of a $1,083,300 award for the expansion of services and to increase the volume of […]

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State Seeks to Address Economic Inequality by Increasing Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Help for Small Businesses Owners

Commerce partners with 20 community-based organizations statewide to provide technical assistance and other resources to underserved small businesses affected by COVID-19 September 24, 2020 OLYMPIA, WA –Small business owners now have more places to seek culturally and linguistically relevant help for dealing with COVID-19, thanks to expansion of the Small Business Resiliency Assistance program announced today by […]

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Passage of Native American Business Incubators Act is an Important Step for Native Entrepreneurship

This is what Indian Country has been waiting for! Native Business Center is very ecstatic for this news we received, stay tuned for updates! Bill now headed to President’s desk for signature into law  September 23, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) cheered House passage of S. 294, the ‘Native […]

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Washington State Small Business Grant Program

Funding and Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID Pandemic SPOKANE, WA. (September 11th, 2020) – The Washington State Department of Commerce has launched a second round of available funds in your county for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. Sister Sky Inc. has been contracted by […]

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