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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The City of Ontario will provide funding to small businesses needing financial assistance in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The program offers eligible businesses $10,000 as a 0%, one-year forgivable loan to retain their workforce. At least one full-time equivalent employee from a low to moderate-income household must be retained for at least six months.

City officials and SBDC representatives will be conducting an informational webinar on Thursday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the grant program, eligibility, and answer questions live. Register here.

The application will be open from Monday, July 26 at 9:00 a.m. until Tuesday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m. 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.


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. 


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

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. 


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.


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.

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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