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Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Grants to California Businesses
for COVID-19 Relief

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San Joaquin County - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – Economic Development Fund

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Grants to California businesses in eligible locations to mitigate the financial effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to provide assistance to local small businesses that have faced business interruptions due to the pandemic. Eligible businesses must be located in San Joaquin County.

The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses located in the boundaries of San Joaquin County, in both the unincorporated and incorporated portions of the County, to address unfunded expenses resulting from impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses realized.

The following COVID-19 related expenses are eligible for reimbursement through the San Joaquin County Small Business Assistance Grant Program. The expenses must have been realized by the small business between March 1, 2020 and the date of the grant application. 
  • Certain payroll costs. Grant funding may be used to reimburse employers for unemployment insurance costs and increases in workers’ compensation costs incurred by the employer due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Grant funding may also be used to reimburse small businesses for payroll expenses realized as a result of the business closure required by the public health emergency.
  • Rent / Lease costs. Unfunded expenditures for rent/lease costs realized during the required closure of a small business is an eligible use of grant funds.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) expenditures for medical personnel, direct service providers for older adults and individuals with disabilities in community settings, and other public health or safety workers in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency are an eligible use of grant funds.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190188

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant fund maximum is calculated based upon the number of full-time employees the business has employed, multiplied by $2,000. For example, a small business with five (5) fulltime employees can request reimbursement for actual COVID-19 related expenses of up to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant for qualified small businesses in San Joaquin County that have documented, unfunded expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

- For a grant award, applicants must be a small business that operates in San Joaquin County with at least one (not counting the owner) and no more than 50 full-time employees. This requirement does not apply to independent health-care providers and health-care clinicians.
- Applicants must verify the business has experienced unfunded expenditures due to COVID-19 by completing the Estimated COVID-19 Economic Injury Worksheet. The unfunded expenditures must have occurred at the applicant’s place of business in San Joaquin County between March 1, 2020 and the date of the grant application. Only COVID-19 related payroll, rent/lease or personal protective equipment expenses qualify. See FAQ Q3 for more details
- Applicants must submit a current copy of its W-9 form.
- Applicants must operate out of a physical commercial storefront within the boundaries of San Joaquin County. The applicant’s operation can be in either an incorporated or unincorporated portion of the County. This requirement does not apply to independent health-care providers and health-care clinicians. Independent health-care providers and health-care clinicians must have a primary residence in the County to qualify.
- Applicants must have an active Business License in San Joaquin County.
- Applicants must be in good standing with the County and any associated city within San Joaquin County.
- Applicants who are involved or have been involved in legal or financial issues may not qualify.
- Applicants must have been in operation in San Joaquin County for at least one year as of March 1, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

Round 1 of this grant program will end on June 30, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, for qualified applicants.

Small Business Grant Application and the Economic Injury Worksheet will be available 9 AM PDT Monday, June 1, 2020 on the URL for Full Text below.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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