Grants & Assistance


Click the program titles below for program applications and/or additional information. 

City of Richland Programs

Business License Reserve Fund (click title for a copy of the application)

The Business License Reserve fund was established by the Richland City Council to promote business activities for the purpose of core development, tourism, general economic development, capital expenditures for community improvements, and prevention of blight. Funding is available for qualified organizations including the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, and Business Improvement Districts. Additional qualifications and requirements are detailed within the application, and within Richland Municipal Code Section 5.04.385 - 5.04.387. The application deadline is continuous January 1st through July 31st of each year, but the funding* is limited.

Commercial Improvement Program (click title for a copy of the application)

In 2008, the Richland Commercial Improvement Program was created to help local business improve the appearance of their buildings. Each year, the City offers a $10,000 matching reimbursement to successful applicants to fund landscaping, signage, exterior wall improvements and repair, among other things. Applicants must submit their request to the Richland Redevelopment Office for review. Each application is reviewed by the Economic Development Committee and final eligibility is made by City Council. The application deadline is continuous January 1st through July 31st of each year, but the funding* is limited.

*If funding is expended before July 31st, the application period will be considered closed.

Note on Application Review

Applications for the City's Business License Reserve Fund Program and Commercial Improvement Program are reviewed first by the City's Economic Development Committee. Please use the schedule of meetings below to determine whether your application may be prepared for review at the next Economic Development Committee meeting.

 Meeting Date: Turn Application in by 5:00pm on:
January 30th, 2017 January 16th, 2017
February 27th, 2017 February 13th, 2017
March 27th, 2017 March 13th, 2017
April 24th, 2017 April 10th, 2017
May 22nd, 2017 May 8th, 2017
June 26th, 2017 June 12th, 2017
July 24th, 2017 July 10th, 2017


Applications reviewed by the Economic Development Committee will be scheduled for the next available City Council Meeting for final approval.

Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce

Programs detailed and offered through the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce may require membership in good-standing and that your business has been opened for one or more years at the time of application.

Business Development University

Business Development University programs, designed specifically for small businesses, are 2-hour courses offered every month through the Tri-City Regional Chamber.

Economic Gardening

Economic Gardening® is a new way of thinking about supporting growth companies and letting businesses owners know how critical they are to local economies. Rather than offer traditional incentives, tax credits or real estate discounts, Economic Gardening offers CEO’s valuable strategic information.

Office Depot Savings Program

Savings and discounts at Office Depot/Office Max for members in good-standing of the Tri-City Regional Chamber.

Small Business Incentive Program

Partnership between the Tri-City Regional Chamber and Washington River Protection Solutions that helps small businesses with grants to purchase key products and services.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) program is designed to help the Washington State Business community in all areas of selling to local, state, federal agencies, and government prime contractors.

Benton-Franklin Council of Governments

Regional Revolving Loan Fund Program and CREDiT

These gap financing programs are designed to "fill the gap" between the amount of convention financing available and the amount needed to fulfill the project.

Other Programs

  • Microloan Revolving Fund (MRF)
  • Childcare Microloan (CCML)
  • Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Advisory Committee (HAEIFAC)


Stephanie Seamans
Community & Economic Development Manager
(509) 943-9185