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Grants to California Small Businesses to Mitigate
the Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis

Solano Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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County of Solano, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Solano County, and the Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center

Conf. Date:

04/06/22

Deadline Date:

05/14/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of $2,500 to California small business owners in eligible locations to mitigate the financial effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Eligible uses of funds include, but are not limited to, costs resulting from the pandemic and related health and safety restrictions, business debt associated with COVID-19, or costs related to business interruptions or closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants are based in Solano County.

To support small businesses and employers facing financial impacts and layoffs from the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Solano, in partnership with the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Solano County and the Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center, has established the Solano Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant initiative.

This program will provide microgrants to small businesses experiencing economic stresses through funding from the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

All grant recipients must self-certify that grant funds will be used for one or more of the following permissible activities:

  • The purchase of new certified equipment including, but not limited to, a cart
  • Investment in working capital
  • Application for, or renewal of, a local permit including, but not limited to, a permit to operate as a sidewalk vendor
  • Payment of business debt accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related health and safety restrictions, or business interruptions or closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202651

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$450,000

Number of Grants:

Approximately 180 business owners will be awarded with microgrants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For-profit microbusinesses are eligible for this grant if the business:
- Is based in Solano County
- Began operation prior to Dec. 31, 2019
- Is currently active and operating or has a clear plan to reopen when the state permits reopening of the business
- Was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
- Earned less than $50,000 in gross revenues in the 2019 taxable year
- Has zero to five full-time equivalent employees
- Had zero to five full-time equivalent employees in both the 2019 and 2020 taxable years
- Did not receive a grant under the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (through Lendistry)
- Was not specifically excluded from participation in the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
- Can provide acceptable form of government-issued photo ID (state, domestic, or foreign) and documentation that includes the owner’s name per grant program guidelines
- Owner must be the majority-owner and manager of the qualified microbusiness and this business must have been the owner’s primary means of income in the 2019 taxable year

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for Informational Webinars:
- Friday, April 1 at 10 am: Hosted by the Solano WDB/Solano-Napa SBDC: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrde-gqTIsG9AGZnxNWBmQExnXiTj4R4AO
- Wednesday, April 6 at 4 pm: Hosted by the Solano WDB/Solano-Napa SBDC: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdeqrqDoqHNIEaZMGEy1nk8fn71WdILFF
- Wednesday, April 6 at 6 pm: Hosted by the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Spanish): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84000443903?pwd=NnJDT3Y2Sm9VRTJPWFpTTmFNd0JuUT09
- TBD: Hosted by the Solano Black Chamber of Commerce

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2022 at 5pm.

Grants will be awarded based on eligibility. If necessary, a randomized lottery will be conducted to select the 180 eligible small businesses that will receive grant funding.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

- Apply in English: https://form.jotform.com/220326874072050
- Apply in Spanish: https://form.jotform.com/220616706395155
- Apply in Tagalog: https://form.jotform.com/220655518721152

For more information:
- In English: Contact Brianna Boyd, marketing specialist for the Solano WDB and Solano-Napa SBDC, at bboyd@solanowdb.org or 707-646-1071
- In Spanish: Contact the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 707-999-2966 or info@solanohcc.com

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Solano County

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