Local Grants & Loans

Some local Orange County and Inland Empire cities are offering loan and grant programs to help their small businesses experiencing financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the SBDC. Check out which cities are participating and the latest information for each program.

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California

The state of California has announced additional rounds for the CA Relief Grant Program. This grant provides competitive micro-grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.

Round 7: Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds only. Application Window: Tuesday, August 3rd – Thursday, September 30th.

Round 8: Nonprofit cultural institutions only. Application Window: Friday, August 27th – Thursday, September 30th.

Round 9: New applicants and waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds. Application Window: Thursday, September 9th – Thursday, September 30th.

Mission Viejo

The City of Mission Viejo has announced its CDBG Business Relief Grant which will provide financial assistance to their small businesses. Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded to eligible businesses, and grants of up to $2,500 may be awarded to home-based eligible businesses.

The application will be open from Tuesday, January 26 until funds are exhausted.

Perris

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.

The application will be open from Monday, December 21, 2020 until funds are exhausted. 

Stanton

The City of Stanton is providing business assistance to address the adverse repercussion of the novel coronavirus to the economy and to jobs. The City’s Small Business Assistance Program will provide grants of $7,500 for the payment of commercial rent and/or commercial utilities to qualified Stanton small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19.

The application will be open from Tuesday, December 8, 2020 until funds are exhausted. 

Riverside

The City of Riverside invites all interested and eligible microenterprises, small businesses with five or fewer employees, based in the City of Riverside to apply for CARES Act CDBG-CV funding to assist in the preparation, prevention, and response to coronavirus.

The application will be open from Wednesday, July 8, 2020 until funds are exhausted.

Santa Ana

The City of Santa has created the COVID-19 Small Business Incentive Program to help Santa Ana businesses in response to the pandemic. The program will provide a grant of up to $5,000 based on reimbursement of eligible business expenses, such as rent. 

The application will be open from Wednesday, April 1, 2020 until funds are exhausted.

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