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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iBank

California IBANK

iBank has Financial Development Corporation (FDC) partners throughout the state that assists businesses in securing a 95% guarantee on a bank loan for disaster relief.

Area served: Statewide, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

The San Diego Foundation - Accion

San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program

The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is a collaborative initiative designed to provide low-to-no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus. This loan program is open to businesses located anywhere within San Diego County.

Eligible businesses can apply for the COVID-19 relief loan today, which has a low interest rate of 1% and no payments for the first six months of the loan.

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

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

South County Economic Development Council

Emergency loan

South County EDC is offering a no-interest loan to eating establishments in South San Diego County. This small infusion of funds is intended to assist South County small restaurants to remain open and continue to provide meals during this national emergency.

Area served: San Diego, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Jewish Free Loan Association

Coronavirus Small Business Loans

**Update** Interest-free loans can help residents of LA and Ventura get through the financial part of the Covid-19 crisis by offering loans without collateral, any interest, or fees. Interest free loans up to $18,000 are available for small businesses. No-fee, zero interest loans for business owners in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Area served: Los Angeles, Ventura counties, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Sierra Business Council

Resilience Fund – Sierra

Eligible small business owners with fewer than 25 employees within the Tahoe-Truckee Airport District who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses must have a “brick-and-mortar” physical presence and fixed expenses. This includes retailers, restaurants, providers of specialty goods and services, and other storefront operations.

Area served: Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Oakland Black Business Fund

Oakland Black Business Fund

Funds are available for Black-owned businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic and recent protests. Phase 1 will provide immediate response funds for repairing damages, providing storefront protection, and replacing equipment losses as a result of protests and looting.

Area served: Oakland, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

City of Redding

Micro-Enterprise COVID-19 Relief Grant

The COVID-19 Relief Grant is a special program designed to help eligible for-profit micro-enterprise businesses with a grant up to $5,000 per brick and mortar business. Businesses that have received a PPP loan or other SBA funding, including an EIDL, during this COVID-19 crisis are not eligible to apply. View website for further eligibility criteria.

Area served: Redding, Shasta Lake, Trinity, California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

City of Santa Cruz

Grow Santa Cruz Loan Program

The City of Santa Cruz has formed a partnership with the National Development Council (NDC), one of the oldest not-for-profit corporations specializing in community and economic development, to offer the Grow Santa Cruz Loan Program.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Founders First

Founders First Job Creators Quest Grant

The Job Creators Quest Grant provides eligible small businesses in the Inland Empire & Orange County areas the chance to win one of 10 grants totaling $30,000. Grant recipients will be selected based on their demonstrated ability to maintain and grow their workforce despite the pandemic, as well as their ongoing commitment to creating premium wage jobs in their communities. 

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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