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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State loan/grant programs
California

California’s Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)

California Rebuilding Fund

  • Loan program to support California’s small businesses
  • Businesses eligible if they employed 50 or fewer employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 
  • Loans will need to be paid back over a 3- or 5-year term with a fixed annual interest rate that is currently 4.25%.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

Application deadline: Open, no end date posted
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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

Community Vision

California Fisheries Fund

The California Fisheries Fund offers affordable loans to small-scale fishermen, fishing enterprises, ports, and nonprofits.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Riverside County Economic Development

Riverside County ReStart Loan Program

The County of Riverside and Ampac Ampac Business Capital are partnering to provide emergency and ongoing capital for small businesses in Riverside.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

California Rebuilding Fund

San Francisco Small Business Recovery Fund

The San Francisco Small Business Recovery Fund is offering 0% loans to businesses in San Francisco.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

FoundLA

PledgeLA Founders Fund

The PledgeLA Founders Fund is designed to help early-stage businesses grow and thrive. Eligibility requirements for companies include:

  • Led by a Black and/or Latinx co-founder based in Los Angeles County*
  • Raised less than $250,000 from any source prior to applying
  • Have an innovative product with evidence of traction


Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Immigrants Rising

Spark

Learn how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to make money through freelancing or starting your own business. You must complete Spark's entrepreneurship training to apply to receive funding.

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

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

Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce

California Dream Fund

The Dream Fund provides financial support and seed entrepreneurship, combined with technical assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs in underserved business groups, including minorities and women.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

CDC Small Business Finance

Childcare and Preschool Loan

The Childcare and Preschool Loan can be used to acquire an existing Child Care business, Preschool, or to expand your current operations. In all cases, CDC Small Business Finance will help you assess the situation to identify the right financing to support your growth.


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

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