TwispWorks announced this week that it had completed its sixth round of Small Business Emergency Grants, awarding 16 businesses with $1,500 grants, for a total of $24,000.
The grants went to businesses that lost revenue during summer wildfires.
Businesses awarded grants include The Barnyard Cinema, Classroom in Bloom, Curtlo Cycles, Darwood Outfitting, FORK, JD Outfitters LLC, Jupiter/Observatory Inn, Karina’s Clean Stay, Kind Ways Enterprises, Methow Moments Tent & Event Rental, Methow Reservations, Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Pinetooth Press, Rocking Horse Bakery and Skalitude Retreat & Education Center.
TwispWorks Small Business Emergency Grants were created in May, 2020 to help businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. TwispWorks partnered with the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Group and Okanogan County Economic Alliance to award $1,500-$5,000 grants to cover essential expenses such as rent and utilities in its first round.
TwispWorks plans to continue providing the emergency grants in the future to help businesses “who want to invest in climate-friendly and long-term resilience changes,” according to TwispWorks. “As part of our partnership with Methow Valley Citizen’s Council Climate Action Plan, we envision pivoting Small Business Emergency Grants to fund projects that would enable businesses to develop long term strategies and climate friendly practices, such as installing solar panels and other energy efficient technologies, developing online marketing tools, funding for training or business seminars, and other innovative projects.”