Newport Beach

City of Newport Beach Small Business Relief Grant Program

The City of Newport Beach Small Business Relief Grant Program will provide one-time funding to small businesses located within the city that need financial assistance to aid in their recovery from the temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Qualified Newport Beach businesses may receive grants of up to $10,000, depending on the number of employees. Precedence will be given to businesses that provide on-site services, including retail businesses, restaurants, and personal service establishments, specifically, hair salons and barber shops, nail salons, day spas, and small gyms and health clubs.

The application period will be open from Friday, June 12 at 8 a.m. to Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications can be submitted:

  • Online (application available on this page on June 12) 
  • Via email to [email protected]
  • In-person at Newport Beach City Hall, City Manager’s Office, Bay 2E, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 92660.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply for the Small Business Relief Grant Program, a business must demonstrate the need for financial support due to the temporary loss of revenue resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Stay at Home order. An applicant will need to prove that their business has been affected by COVID-19 in one of the following ways:

  • The business was deemed non-essential and was forced to shut down by the state or local government;
  • Sales from the business are down more than 25 percent compared to the previous three months (Prior to March 1, 2020) or a comparable 3-month period in 2019;
  • The business has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full- or part-time employee);
  • One or more of the employees in the business have contracted COVID-19, while at work.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

The grant may be used for working capital to cover the business’s day-to-day business operating expenses such as rent or lease payments, mortgage payments, utility bills, payroll, inventory, technology, marketing/communication, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations. Grant monies may also be used toward the cost of obtaining personal protective equipment for staff and customers as well as devices intended to enhance safety of staff and customers, such as hands-free payment devices, sanitation supplies and plexiglass partitions. To be eligible under this grant program, expenses must have been incurred after March 1, 2020 and all grant funds awarded must be fully expended on eligible activities by December 1, 2020.

  • Applicants will complete a use of funds form that will detail how the funds will be spent within their business.
  • Applicants must sign and verify that the use of funds will be spent on business expenses, such as those listed above.
  • Applicants will be required to provide documentation verifying that the grant funds were used toward credible business expenses related to COVID-19. Any use of funding other than that to support the business is strictly prohibited. The business must reimburse the program for any expenses found to be not in compliance with the program’s list of eligible activities.

The City may inspect the business premises to verify the grant monies are being used in accordance with the program requirements.

Business expenses that have already been reimbursed through the federal government are not eligible for the Small Business Relief Grant Program.

Grant Amounts

Applicants are eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 according to the following:

  • Businesses with 5 or less employees are eligible for a grant up to $5,000.
  • Businesses with 6-10 employees are eligible for a grant up to $7,500.
  • Businesses with 11-30 employees are eligible for a grant up to $10,000.

Funding Priority

In an effort to provide assistance to businesses located in the City’s commercial and industrial areas, that provide services onsite, and that have been severely impacted by COVID-19, precedence will be given to:

  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Personal service establishments, specifically, hair salons and barber shops, nail salons, day spas, and small gyms / health clubs

Qualified applications from these three types of businesses will be given priority during
the grant allocation process in the following order:

  1. The business has NOT received any other federal assistance under the CARES Act programs such as an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  2. The business received an EIDL.
  3. The business received assistance under the PPP.
  4. The business received and EIDL and assistance under the PPP.

Any remaining grant monies will be allocated to any small business that meets the eligibility criteria, terms and conditions.

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