The Port of Everett has announced the opening of a third round of funding opportunity as part of its Economic Development Grant for Evolution (EDGE) program.

In tandem with the new opportunity, program eligibility also has expanded to better align with business response and recovery needs related to the state’s “Safe Start” Phased Reopening Plan.

The Port Commission-adopted initiative is aimed at giving commercial tenants and subtenants an opportunity to get an “edge” on their COVID-19 recovery. It encompasses any and all reopening phase(s), busi­ness-specific guidance, and/or public health recommendation(s)/best management practices to resume or reopen. The funding opportunity covers eligible expenses from April 1 to Dec. 31 of this year.

EDGE applications are being accepted now through Dec. 21 by 5 p.m. Applications must be submitted electronically here.

In June, the Port Commission allocated $50,000 to fund EDGE in 2020, with individual grants to be issued up to $5,000. To date, five tenants received grant awards at a combined total of $17,420. Remaining funds also are up for grabs in this third and final round for 2020.