California Covid Relief

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. We will be posting updates to this page with useful information about the ways California small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.

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Local government loan/grant programs
California

California Office of the Small Business Advocate

California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is funded by the State of California and administered by the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). The program provides competitive micro grants of $2,500 to eligible microbusinesses impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. This program will be implemented by County organizations or nonprofits working on their behalf.

For application details and updates specific to the program available in your county, please contact the organizations listed. Applications start February 14.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Local government loan/grant programs
California

California Paid Family Leave Alliance

Paid Family Leave Small Business Grant

The Paid Family Leave Small Business (PFLSB) Grant will provide to California Small Businesses of less than 10 employees $500 for each employee who is utilizing the PFL Program, up to a total of $4,500 per small business, to help offset the costs involved with training other employees to cover the duties of this individual on leave. 

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees, Self-employed

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Corporate loan/grant programs
California

Feed the Hunger Fund

Feed the Hunger Fund

The Feed the Hunger Fund is a unique food-focused loan program infuses capital and business expertise into communities excluded from traditional financing options.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Government loan/grant programs
Arizona, California, Nevada

CDC Small Business Finance

Commercial Real Estate Loan

You can use an SBA 504 loan to buy, construct or improve commercial real estate or to purchase heavy equipment. 

Area served: Arizona, California, Nevada
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Local government loan/grant programs
California

City of San Jose

Disabled Access Improvement Grant

The Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement is offering grants that credit up to $8,000 to qualifying existing small businesses and non-residential property owners for CASp hiring costs and permit fees, until funds run out.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
California

Working Solutions

Small Business Revolving Loan Fund

Working Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of a new Small Business Revolving Loan Fund to serve San Francisco’s District 10. In partnership with Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, the Fund will provide affordable capital and free business consulting to businesses located in Bayview Hunters Point and other D10 neighborhoods (94124, 94134, 94107, 94103, 94110). Funding for this program is made possible by the D10 Implementation Committee. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
California

Pacific Community Ventures

The Oakland Restorative Loan Fund

$2.5 million in zero-interest loans are now available to BIPOC or AAPI-owned business through PCV’s new Oakland Restorative Loan Fund. This fund can help combat gentrification and displacement, and support business owners as state and federal grant programs begin to end. There are no application fees and no minimum credit score to apply. 

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
California

Mission Asset Fund

MAF's Business Microloans

0% interest microloan up to $2,500 to cover any business expenses, low monthly payments, build credit history, access online financial education.


Area served: California
Audience:

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Local government loan/grant programs
California

City of Stockton

Stocked Full of Produce Grant Program

The City’s Stocked Full of Produce Grant Program addresses food insecurity through grant funding to help with infrastructure upgrades to retail stores, to promote the sale and storage of healthier food options. Grants can be used for improvements, such as installing new refrigeration or shelving. Grant funds are available up to $10,000.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
California

Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County

Entrepreneur Loan Fund

The Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County is now offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to acquire the financing needed to grow their businesses. For qualified applicants, the Entrepreneur Loan Fund will provide loans between $2,000 and $30,000. Credit  processing approval within approximately one week. 

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted

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