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California small businesses can apply for second round of COVID-19 relief grants starting Feb. 2

January 27, 2021 16040

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Round two of the California Relief Grant Program will award grants between $5,000 and $25,000 based on a business’s annual revenue. Those who applied and submitted all documentation in the first round do not need to reapply in round two.

Small businesses and nonprofits in California impacted by COVID-19 and its related health and safety restrictions can apply for the second round of relief grants beginning Feb. 2. The California Relief Grant Program, administered by California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, will again award grants between $5,000 and $25,000, depending on a business’s annual revenue as documented in its most recent tax return.

The application window for round two opens Feb. 2 and closes Feb. 8. Round two is the final application window for the relief grant program, and awards for grant funding in this window will be made in two decision rounds.

Applicants who submitted their application and all documentation in the first round do not need to reapply in round two. Qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into the next funding round for consideration.

According to the California Relief Grant Program website, applications in round two will be reviewed to determine eligibility before being scored based on COVID-19 impact factors, including:

  1. Geographic distribution based on COVID-19 health and safety restrictions following California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and county status and the new regional stay-at-home order.
  2. Industry sectors most impacted by the pandemic.
  3. Underserved small business groups served by the state-supported network of small business centers (i.e., businesses majority owned and operated on a daily basis by women, minorities/persons of color and veterans and businesses located in low-to-moderate income and rural communities).

The relief grant program is part of a package of state-provided tax relief and grants for small businesses that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The first round of applications opened in late December. The state grants are not related to the federal Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans or Provider Relief Fund.

Apply online for the relief grant starting Feb. 2. Applicants can also learn more about eligibility, documentation, application tips and more on the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program website.