Most small businesses in California can apply for grants of up to $25,000 via California’s Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program.
The first round of grants opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 8, with approvals announced starting Jan. 13.
Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $25,000, depending on the applicant's annual gross revenue.
Affected industries, geographical factors, and underserved small business groups will determine priority and the dollar amount of the grant.
Eligible Businesses Annual Revenue Grant Amount Available Per Business
$1,000 to $100,000 $5,000
Greater than $100,000 up to $1,000,000 $15,000
Greater than $1,000,000 up to $2,500,000 $25,000
Gross revenue of $2.5 million or less based on the most recently filed tax return
Must have been impacted with a business interruption or closure due to COVID-19 and the health and safety restrictions
Must currently be operating or have a clear plan to re-open when permitted
Eligible businesses will then be scored based on COVID-19 impact factors incorporated into the Program’s priority criteria so that distribution can take into account priority key factors, including the following: 1. Geographic distribution based on COVID-19 health and safety restrictions following California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and county status and the new Regional Stay At Home Order; 2. Industry sectors most impacted by the pandemic; and 3. Underserved small business groups served by the State supported network of small business centers (i.e., businesses majority owned and run on a daily basis by women, minorities/persons of color, veterans and businesses located in low-to-moderate income and rural communities).
For more information about the California grants, visit https://careliefgrant.com.