EVERETT — Sound Publishing has launched a local stimulus program to help businesses adapt in a rapidly evolving economic environment.
Based in Everett, Sound publishes the Bainbridge Island Review, North Kitsap Herald and Kingston Community News and provides local news, information and advertising to more than 35 communities in Washington.
Sound will make up to $500,000 available to locally owned and operated businesses through monthly grants ranging from $500 to $20,000. The program will provide matching advertising credits for use in their print and digital products.
Applications are due Jan. 24. Grants can be used through March 31.
“This stimulus program follows the highly successful grant program that we launched in May of this year,” said Josh O’Connor, president of Sound Publishing. “While providing nearly $300,000 of much-needed marketing grants to local advertisers, we gained great insights into the challenges that small business owners are facing. We’ve developed our stimulus program to meet those challenges and help local business not only recover, but flourish, in today’s business climate.”
Added Terry Ward, vice president of Sound and publisher of the Review, Herald and News: “Businesses across the North Olympic Peninsula continue to struggle as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, and it’s important we all work together as a community to support our neighbors in their time of need. I’m pleased we are able to give back to the business community through these advertising grants.”