City of Richland Programs
Commercial Improvement Program
The Richland Commercial Improvement Program was created to help local businesses improve the appearance of their buildings. Each year, the City offers a $10,000 matching reimbursement to successful applicants to fund exterior improvements, including: facade facelifts, hardscaping, permanent outdoor fixtures, art features, and other publicly visible permanent improvements. 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.
Click here for the Program Application (fill out using Microsoft Word)
Click here for the Program Application (print and fill out by hand)
Applications for this program will be accepted until funds are expended.
Business License Reserve Fund
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.
Applications are closed for award in 2018, please check back on November 1st, 2018 for the 2019 award cycle.
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 programs, designed specifically for small businesses, are 2-hour courses offered every month through the Tri-City Regional Chamber.
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.
Savings and discounts at Office Depot/Office Max for members in good-standing of the Tri-City Regional Chamber.
Partnership between the Tri-City Regional Chamber and Washington River Protection Solutions that helps small businesses with grants to purchase key products and services.
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.
The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) provides many economic development incentives for businesses of all size. A few programs administered by BFCG include:
- Regional Revolving Loan Fund Program (RRLF)
- Columbia Regional Economic Development Trust (CREDiT)
- Microloan Revolving Fund (MRF)
- Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Advisory Committee (HAEIFAC)
- Microloan Program for Women & Minority-Owned Businesses