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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In partnership with the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IE SBDC), the City of Upland will be offering a four-week  Restaurant Assistance for Increased Sales and Efficiency Upland (Raise-UP) grant program, which will provide training and funding to brick-and-mortar food-based businesses located in the City of Upland.

The application will be open from Monday, March 27, 2023 at 8 a.m. until Monday, April 24, 2023 at 5 p.m. 

Thrive - Riverside County​

In an effort to assist entrepreneurs in launching a business and support businesses that are continuing to struggle with the negative economic impacts of the pandemic, the Riverside County Office of Economic Development and the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development (OCIE SBDC) are partnering to provide financial assistance and trainings to county constituents and businesses.

The RivCo Small Business Thrive Program is providing grants of $1,500, $2,500 and $5,000  to qualifying individuals and businesses that meet all eligibility criteria and complete a small business training program, have one-on-one consulting provided by the OCIE SBDC and attend a Financial Literacy webinar. 

The application is now open and will close until funds are exhausted. 

California Dream Fund

The California Dream Fund is a one-time $35 million grant program providing grants up to $10,000 to seed entrepreneurship and small business creation for businesses started in California on or after July 1, 2019. The grant is available to qualifying businesses that meet all eligibility criteria and complete a small business training program provided by the OCIE SBDC.

The application is now closed. 

San Bernardino County

The San Bernardino County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant is designed to assist businesses that have experienced economic barriers due to the effects of the global pandemic. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved $2,500 to be disbursed to eligible businesses.

The application will be open from Monday, February 28, 2022 until funds are exhausted. 


The City of Perris has announced that effective 12/13/21 businesses who have received the 1st or 2nd round of their Small Business Assistance Program, can now apply for round 3. The program offers up to $10,000 loans to qualifying businesses.

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


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. 


The City of Rialto has created the Small Business Storefront Grant which will offer $10,000 for qualified small businesses with at least one and no more than 25 full-time employees that have been deemed non-essential. Previously approved businesses that were grated up to $4,000 may reapply for an additional $6,000 (not to exceed
$10,000) upon demonstration of additional need for funds.

The application will be open from Sunday, November 1, 2020 until funds are exhausted.


IBank’s Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program is currently available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19. Financial Development Corporation (FDC) partners throughout the State are assisting businesses in securing a 95% guarantee on bank loans of up to $1 million. Current rates are prime + 1% for up to 7 years. 

The application will be open from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 until funds are exhausted.

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