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California Grant Relief Program

Grants to California Small Businesses and Nonprofits
for Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

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California SBDC network

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Deadline Date:

01/13/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to California small businesses and nonprofit organizations for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist underserved businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and the related health and safety restrictions.

Priority key factors include the following:

  1. Geographic distribution based on COVID-19 health and safety restrictions following California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and county status and the new Regional Stay At Home Order;
  2. Industry sectors most impacted by the pandemic; and
  3. Underserved small business groups served by the State-supported network of small business centers (i.e., businesses majority-owned and run on a daily basis by women, minorities/persons of color, veterans, and businesses located in low-to-moderate income and rural communities).

Eligible costs are only those costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are the eligible uses of grant funds:

  • All employee expenses including payroll costs, health care benefits, paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums;
  • Working capital, overhead (including rent, utilities, mortgage principal and interest payments (excluding mortgage prepayments)), debt payments (principal and interest) incurred before March 1, 2020;
  • Costs associated with re-opening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and business closures;
  • Costs associated with complying with COVID-19 federal, state, or local guidelines for reopening with required safety protocols, including but not limited to equipment, plexiglass barriers, outdoor dining, PPE supplies, testing, and employee training expenses; or
  • Any other COVID-19 related expenses not already covered through grants, forgivable loans, or other relief through federal, state, county, or city programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193988

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Annual gross revenue of $1,000 - $100,000: $5,000 grant
- Annual gross revenue greater than $100,000 and up to $1,000,000: $15,000 grant
- Annual gross revnue greater than $1,000,000 and up to $2,500,000: Grant award of $25,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A small business or small nonprofit must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to receive a grant award:
1. Must meet the definition of an “eligible small business”. An “eligible small business” means
(i) a “small business” (sole proprietor, independent contractor, 1099 work, and or registered “for-profit” business entity (e.g., C-corporation, S-corporation, limited liability company, partnership) that has yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less (but at least $1,000 in yearly gross revenue) based on most recently filed tax return) or
(ii) a “small nonprofit” (registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) nonprofit entity having yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less (but at least $1,000 in yearly gross revenue) based on most recently filed Form 990)
2. Active businesses or nonprofits operating since at least June 1, 2019
3. Businesses must currently be operating or have a clear plan to re-open once the State of California permits re-opening of the business
4. Business must be impacted by COVID-19 and the health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
5. Business must be able to provide organizing documents including 2018 or 2019 tax returns or Form 990s, copy of official filing with the California Secretary of State, if applicable, or local municipality for the business such as one of the following: Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Organization, Fictitious Name of Registration or Government-Issued Business License
6. Business must be able to provide an acceptable form of government-issued photo ID
7. Applicants with multiple business entities, franchises, locations, etc. are not eligible for multiple grants and are only allowed to apply once using their eligible small business with the highest revenue.

For a list of ineligible businesses see the URL for Full Text, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To help you know what to do to prepare to apply between December 30 and January 8, daily webinars will be held at 11 am.

Webinars Cover:
- The Grant Program
- Eligibility Requirements
- What the funding can be used for
- The Application
- Required Documents
- Who to Contact for Assistance

Register for Webinars Here:

- Dec 23, 24, 27, and January 1 - English
- Dec 26 - English/Spanish
- Dec 28 - English/Armenian
- Dec 29 - English/Mandarin
- Dec 30 - English/Tagalog
- Dec 31 - English/Farsi
- Jan 2 - English/Vietnamese
- Jan 3 - English/Korean
- Jan 4 - English/Arabic

Pre-Application Information:


The closing date for Round 1 applications is January 13, 2021.
Round 2 application dates are TBD.

One complete application will qualify you to be considered for both rounds, please only apply once.


Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

If your business is located in the greater Northern or Central California area, contact the SBDC offices directly at 833-ASK-SBDC (833-275-7232)

If your business is located in the greater Southern California area, contact the SBDC offices directly at 800-616-SBDC (800-616-7232)

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