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.

Nonprofit loan/grant programs
California

Black Cooperative Investment Fund

Black Cooperative Investment Fund

Apply for a zero-interest microloan to help fuel your business and Black economic empowerment in Southern California.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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

Working Solutions

Small Business Loans

Whether you are a first-time business owner or a serial entrepreneur, have limited credit history or stellar credit, have a banking partner or have been turned down for a bank loan, are an existing business or your business is pre-revenue, Working Solutions offers affordable loans, application assistance, and free business consulting to support your next step.

Area served: California
Audience: Small Business Owners

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
Nonprofit loan/grant programs
California

Jewish Free Loan Association

Gig Worker & Independent Contractor Help And Assistance

You can get up to $7,500 with 1 qualified guarantors or up to $36,000 with 2 qualified guarantors.

Area served: California
Audience: Self-employed

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
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, Nonprofit loan/grant programs
California

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

San Francisco Women's Entrepreneurship Fund

The The San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund provides mini-grants of up to $5,000 to San Francisco women-owned small businesses for projects and upgrades that will have a transformative impact on the business’ ability to grow. The Fund is established to improve the small business environment for women entrepreneurs in San Francisco and encourage collaboration between women entrepreneurs and local technical assistance providers.

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

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
Local government loan/grant programs
California

City of Los Angeles

Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program

​​​The Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program provides financial support to eligible food service establishments within the City of Los Angeles to assist with the purchase of washable, durable, reusable foodware. Eligible food service establishments will receive FREE technical assistance, training, and the purchase, delivery, and set up of reusable foodware. Funds are limited and are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Area served: South Los Angeles, Wilmington, Boyle Heights and Pacoima, 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

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