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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OC District 4

The Orange County District 4 Arts Grant Relief Program will provide support to arts-related small businesses and nonprofit organizations, that have suffered negative impacts due to COVID-19, by providing a $5,000 grant to qualifying applicants. 

The application will be open from Friday, May 28 at 9:00 a.m. until funds are exhausted.

Ontario

The City of Ontario has established the Business Utility Grant to reduce the effect of the financial hardships suffered by qualified business owners that have lost income as a result of COVID-19. They are offering eligible businesses a grant of up to $5,000 for deferred utility payments. 

The application will be open from Monday, April 5 until funds are exhausted.

Anaheim

The City of Anaheim has announced its new grant program to assist restaurants in moving their business back indoors. With a gradual return to indoor dining, Anaheim is helping eligible restaurants by providing free face masks and other protective gear as part of a program known as Restaurant Safe. The Restaurant Safe package is designed to keep customers and employees safe as we all support the economic recovery of Anaheim restaurants.

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

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.

Fountain Valley

The City of Fountain Valley has created the Small Business Emergency Relief (SBER) Loan Program, which will provide eligible businesses a working capital loan of up to $20,000 in order to assist small businesses in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before applying, watch the webinar recording here to learn more about the program, eligibility, what the funds can be used for, how to apply, and necessary documents.

The application will be open from Wednesday, January 20 at 8:00 a.m. 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. 

Garden Grove To-Go

The City of Garden Grove has created the Jobs 1st To-Go Program which is offering grants of up to $1,500 to assist local food and drink establishments in purchasing the goods necessary to accommodate take-out and delivery orders, as well as Delivery Service Fees, during the Coronavirus pandemic. Qualifying businesses must retain at least one job and show a decrease in revenue of at least 25% due to COVID-19.

The application will be open from Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. 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.

Orange

The City of Orange has created the Employee Retention Grant to provide financial assistance to small businesses within city limits that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Qualifying businesses may receive a grant of up to $20,000 that may be used for payroll to retain low- and moderate-income employees.

The application will be open from Tuesday, May 26, 2020 until funds are exhausted.

Garden Grove

The City of Garden Grove has established the Jobs 1st Program to stimulate economic growth through job creation/retention activities aimed at improving living conditions for residents throughout the community. The Program provides zero percent interest loans to businesses located in the City of Garden Grove for the creation of new jobs and grants to businesses for the retention of jobs at risk of being lost.

The application will be open from Monday, May 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. 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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