California Small Business Grants, Loans, & Resources COVID-19
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Southern California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Grants, Loans, & Resources
The topics below provide Southern California entrepreneurs and business owners with grant and loan information along with other resources to navigate through the outbreak.
Check back often. We’ll be updating this portal as new resource updates for grants, financing, and help become available.
Southern California Small Business Grants
Southern California small business grants are rare and, when offered, available for a short period of time.
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Round 9 - California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant ends Sept. 30, 2021
This program will support small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.
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SBA Launched the PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal
The Payment Protection Program (PPP) Direct Forgiveness Portal is now live! As of August 4, eligible small business owners with less than $150,000 in PPP loans can now apply directly through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Guide to understanding the revenue reduction score for second draw PPP loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is making changes to its forgiveness process to help streamline the review of revenue reduction documentation.
While small businesses await further guidance from the agency, here are some key things to keep in mind as you navigate the PPP loan forgiveness process.
Southern California Small Business Grants and Loan Opportunities
Notice: Due to the nature of the emerging and rapidly evolving information from government and non-government relief programs, some requirements and offerings may change before they are listed on this website.
California Small Business COVID-19 Relieve Grant Program
New Funding Rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
Application window: Thursday, September 9 – Thursday, September 30
Eligible applicants: Current waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
Details: Applicants not selected to move forward in the review process in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 9. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com.
The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is administered by CalOSBA through a competitive bid award to its intermediary, Lendistry, and its statewide network of community-based lenders and partners. Many of the state-supported small business centers, which prioritize the expansion of technical assistance to underserved business groups, are also available to help owners with the application process in multiple languages and formats.
For more information on grant requirements and eligibility, along with links to application tips and webinars, visit CAReliefGrant.com.
Ontario CDBG-CV Small Business Stabilization Loan to Grant Program
Palm Springs COVID-19 Small Business Financial Aid
The City of Palm Springs created a program for their struggling businesses. Those that qualify will be provided with a zero percent $10,000 loan that will be forgiven if the business stays open for at least six months.
Opens: Thursday, February 4th @ 8 AM
Closes: Until funds are exhausted
Perris Small Business Assistance Program Round 2
The City of Perris has announced round 2 of their Small Business Assistance Program, which offers up to $10,000 loans to qualifying businesses. Businesses who have received SBA CARES Act or City of Perris Small Business Assistance Program funds can now apply or re-apply.
Opens: Monday, December 21st, 2020
Closes: Until funds are exhausted
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund is open for applications. Learn who is eligible, and find out how you can apply.
HOW TO PREPARE
- Download AmPac’s summary of the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund program.
- Watch SBA’s webinar recording to learn more.
- Review these resources on SBA COVID-19 relief options:
City of Riverside Microenterprise Business Grant Program
The City of Riverside has announced a grant program to assist those who’ve had financial loss due to COVID-19. It will provide a grant up to $7,500 to qualifying businesses that have been impacted by COIVD-19 and within the city’s limits.
Opens: Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
Closes: Until funds are exhausted
MicroLenders for Southern California Businesses
Be on the Lookout for Scams and Loan Fraud
If you’re a small business owner who needs funding, read about the three steps you can take to make sure you stay on track.
Additional Southern California Small Business Resources
Need help figuring out the best way to manage your needs and finances through the coronavirus pandemic? Here is a list of providers to help connect you with assistance and questions you might have.
CDC Workplace Guidance and Strategies
The CDC has provided guidelines on how to operate post-pandemic. Here are some ways small business owners can keep their businesses, employees, and customers safe. Visit the CDC website for more information.
AmPac Business Capital and the Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As such, if you did not access the federal PPP funding during Round 1, you may be eligible to apply today! Application submission ends May 31, 2021!
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions to help you get started!
- The small business must have less than 300 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.
- Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 300 workers. This means each store location could be eligible.
Corona Chamber of Commerce Resource Guide
The Chamber has prepared a well-rounded guide website page outlining helpful resources for owners and employees. The guide includes tool kits, recommendations on where to obtain updates for Riverside County and the City of Corona, virtual tools, advice, and other valuable guidance. You can find the Corona Chamber of Commerce Resource Guide here.
Kaiser Family Foundation Insights for Employers
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has released its latest findings on the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor is an ongoing research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. The most recent update contains important insights for business leaders that can inform workplace approaches to help end the pandemic. Learn more (via Health Action Alliance).
Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Find free workshops to answer any general questions about your business.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides small business guidance and loan resources that are or will be available to address the needs of a small business, as well as guidance to planning and growing a great business.
SBA is also available to help you sustain your small business when health crises, hurricanes, and other disasters arise. Get started by checking out their ‘Recovery Hub’. Once there, you can reach out to a local SBA office for counseling and advice.
SBA Lender Match
Lender Match is a free online tool that connects small businesses with SBA-approved lenders.
Small Business Development Centers
Stay Up to Date on Available COVID Resources
At the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Centers want to ensure that you and your business remain successful despite the vastly changing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19). Your business is a priority to them. They are here to help guide you back on the right path to success. Take a look at the many resources they have provided here.
Small Business Majority
COVID-19 Daily Updates for Small Businesses
Small Business Majority is providing frequent updates for small businesses and several on-demand webinars are available for viewing as well. Visit the Small Business Majority website page to keep updated and access the webinars.
This organization also provides a wealth of national and state resources.
PPP Loan Forgiveness
If you applied for the Paycheck Protection program, be aware of the processes and requirements to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. Taking the following steps to complete the loan forgiveness process will give you peace of mind and may help you prepare for the upcoming tax season.
Here are some key facts to consider as you start to navigate the process.
Small Business Majority Community
The Small Business Majority has created a place for small business owners and employees to engage with each other and with experts from business organizations and advocacy groups on ways to make their small businesses thrive.
Join in on the conversation with the community.
State of California and National COVID-19 Resources
The Small Business Assistance Tool Connects You to Helpful Resources and Support
Provide information about your business and what you’re looking for, review the resources that are vetted to your needs, and contact a resource to get the help and support you need. It’s free!
Small Business Assistance Tool for Southern California
Use this helpful online tool to find assistance for starting, growing and accelerating your business.