News and Opportunities


New Unemployment Eligibility

In the Youtube video link below, Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine has an update for Washington state on the federal stimulus bill.

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1. Extends unemployment benefits to those currently not eligible - those self employed, those with fewer than 680 hours, and others currently not eligible for social security.

2.  Adds $600 to your weekly benefit through July.

3. Extends benefits by 13 weeks (about 3 months). Getting 9 months of benefits total.

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From the Small Business Administration

We know you are facing challenging times in this current health crisis. The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to help bring relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations suffering because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.

If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.

Also, we encourage you to subscribe to our email updates via and follow us on Twitter at @SBAgov for the latest news on available SBA resources and services. If you need additional assistance, you can find your local SBA office and resource partners at If you have questions, you may also call 1-800-659-2955.


Northwest Calls for Art

One Reel Announces Grants for artists from King County, Washington. Click here for survey and application.

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The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture wants to buy your artwork.

This call is open to professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska.

Click on the link below for further information and to apply:

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Request for Qualifications – Edmonds Downtown Flower Basket Pole Artwork, deadline April 20

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission has funding available for an opportunity for two (2) artists to create small permanent sculptural pieces on top of new flower basket poles. The new pieces will augment a permanent outdoor exhibit of 25 studio scale artworks by regional (Puget Sound) artists. A total of $2,700 per artist is available for the design, fabrication and delivery of two (2) unique elements. The funding total includes a design fee of $300 and $2,400 for fabrication of two (2) artwork pieces. For complete information and application:

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On the Fence Temporary Public Art Installation, deadline June 30

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission is interested in encouraging a visual conversation through temporary public artworks and provides an opportunity for regional artists (Puget Sound) to create temporary outdoor art installations on three City owned fences. An artist stipend of $500 per project, all inclusive, payable after the work is installed. For more information and application:

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Global Open Call for Art

In response to COVID-19, Amplifier is launching an emergency campaign with top art curators and public-health advisors from around the world. Click here for further information.

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