IMPORTANT Update – Working Washington Round 5 (WWR5) Grants: The Washington Department of Commerce have extended the deadline to submit a valid Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number for WWR5 applicants to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. We will be sending out the extension notice to applicants today. If eligible applicants do not submit a valid UEI number by the deadline, they will not be eligible to receive funding for Working Washington Grants: Round 5. This is the final deadline for UEI submission. Commerce is unable to extend further.
In-Person Grant and UEI Support
OneEastside SPARK is offering a limited number of live, in-person, group help sessions for Working Washington Round 5 Grant recipients at the Redmond Library, November 10-19. For registration and additional information: https://bit.ly/ww5-award.
IMPORTANT Update – Working Washington Round 5 (WWR5) Grants: The Washington Department of Commerce will send Working Washington Round 5 and Convention Center grant award notifications across the entire state, Monday, October 31, 2022. See tab below.
Washington State Department of Commerce grant recipients are required to acquire a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) through the federal System for Awards Management (SAM.GOV) portal. This is a new step for grant recipients and PTAC wants to make sure you have the tools to acquire Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) properly.
If on April 2022 you had an active SAM account in SAM.GOV, the federal government assigned you a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).
This video provides instructions to get your UEI.
UEI Next Steps
IMPORTANT Update – Working Washington Round 5 (WWR5) Grants: The Washington Department of Commerce will send Working Washington Round 5 and Convention Center grant award notifications across the entire state, Monday, October 31, 2022.
FAQs for awardees can be found here: https://www.submittable.com/help/workingwashingtongrant/
Until all funds are distributed, the program is still open and active and the awardee list is subject to change. Commerce will share the data and demographic results of these programs when funding is completed.
Some applicants that are otherwise eligible for awards have yet to provide a valid Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number needed to receive federal funding. The federal government recently changed its requirements for businesses and organizations receiving federal funds in the form of grants. As of April 2022, recipients of grants using federal funds are required to have a UEI number issued by the federal government through https://sam.gov. WWR5 grant applicants will have until November 30, 2022, to provide their UEI number to be eligible to receive funding.
Denial notifications will also be sent on October 31. Some businesses qualified but are not receiving a grant from this round because of funds received in prior Working Washington grant programs. This is a result of the language in ESSB 5693, the legislative bill that authorized this funding.
Customer Support: If you receive inquiries, please direct applicants to contact Commerce’s WWR5 customer support team. Due to high volumes of correspondence, e-mail will be the quickest way for the team to respond: [email protected] or call (888) 242-0169. Working Washington Grants: Round 5 program support services will be available through December 21, 2022.