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Mountain Small Business Grant Program

This grant is provided by San Bernardino County

  • Grant Amount

    $3K or $15K
  • Application Deadline

About This Grant

The purpose of this program is to provide direct financial assistance to San Bernardino County small businesses and non-profits that were impacted by the winter storm events that began on February 27, 2023.

There are two grant amounts available to eligible small businesses and non-profits located in unincorporated mountain areas:
  • 50 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for a one-time $3,000 grant.
  • More than 50 but fewer than 500 full-time employees are eligible for a one-time $15,000 grant.

Documents Required

  • IRS Form W-9
  • Most recent (2021 or 2022) IRS business tax return filing:
  • Sole Proprietorships: 1040 or 1040-SR
  • Partnerships: 1065, 965-A, 1040, or 1040-SR
  • Corporations: 1120
  • S Corporations: 1120-S
  • Non-profits: IRS Affirmation Letter
  • Most recent Payroll Statement indicating number of employees: Sole proprietorships and non-profits can resubmit tax return or IRS Affirmation Letter indicating tax-exempt status, respectively.
  • Photo of the business storefront or physical location.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Been in operation on or before February 27, 2023.
  • Meet the full-time employee requirement for the specific grant award: 1. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees 2. Businesses with a workforce greater than 50 but fewer than 500 employees
  • Occupy a brick-and-mortar location in the San Bernardino Mountains that is used by employees and/or customers.
  • Not a home-based business or a Short-Term Rental (STR) property unless the STR owner utilizes an off-site business location within the impacted storm area (Licensed childcare facilities are eligible).
  • Located in an unincorporated mountain area within San Bernardino County where the extreme weather event and snowfall impacted operations to a degree that customer and/or employee access was limited.
  • Cannot be engaged in illegal activities, including gambling.
  • Operates in full compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations and laws.
  • *Small business is defined as a privately owned corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship that has fewer than 500 employees.
  • *Non-profit organization is defined as any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization, not including an institution of higher education, that: Is operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purposes in the public interest; Is not organized primarily for profit; and Uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operations of the organization.