Business Grants, Loans, and Credit Building


Coronavirus Response in Seattle

COVID19 is actively impacting small business owners across the state. For the latest on our remote program offerings, click here. You can find a full list of business resources for owners and employees on our Seattle – Business Resources for COVID19 page.

Individual Development Accounts, Microloans

Mercy Corps Northwest provides grants and loans to new and existing businesses who may not qualify for traditional bank financing. Mercy Corps Northwest believes in investing in motivated individuals and hard-working families who are ready to act on their potential. That with access to the right resources and training, people can create opportunity for themselves.


Grant Program

The program consists of four steps. Click here to learn more!




Microloan Program

How does the process work? Click here to learn more!



Credit Building Program

Is your personal credit working for you? Click here to learn more!





The City of Seattle provides the primary funding for the Mercy Corps Northwest IDA Business Grant program and 0%-Interest Microloan program.  Through the Office of Economic Development, the City has outreach teams on the ground in disadvantaged and underserved areas working with Mercy Corps Northwest to deliver the technical assistance and financial services entrepreneurs need to launch, maintain, and grow their businesses.

Whether you are a new entrepreneur, an experienced business owner, or managing a company, the Seattle Public Library has services that can help you succeed.  Staff meet one-on-one with you to size up your industry, discover customer demographics, find information about markets, improve your business skills, and find referrals to other business assistance organizations.