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Federal, state and local assistance programs are available to small business owners, employers, employees and residents. The County is organizing the information and will continue to provide updates as new programs and policies are announced.
The following agencies provide no cost consulting services for local businesses. If you need assistance completing grant applications or other business mentorship or advice, please see their websites.
May 19, 12 – 1:30 PM, Emergency Business Assistance Program Webinar
Join the County of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Foundation in a grant program workshop for the Emergency Business Assistance Program on Wednesday, May 19 from 12:00 pm -1:30 pm. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
On March 3, 2021, the California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate announced that new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will be opening soon. The program will continue to be managed by Lendistry and all updated information can be reviewed at the site below.
Website for grant application: CAReliefGrant.com
Round 2: Application period closed on February 8, 2021
Round 3: For waitlisted applicants from Round 1 & 2 only. No new applications will be accepted.
Round 4: Only for non-profit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
Round 5: Accepting new applications.
Round 6: Accepting new applications.
Businesses needing assistance with the application process should contact Economic Development Corporation for free business advisory assistance. Phone. 805-409-9159 (ENGLISH) or 805.309.5874 (SPANISH).
Nonprofit cultural institutions for the Arts & Cultural Program will be required to complete a new application even if they have already applied for the COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. However, applicants will not be awarded a grant if they have already received one. For more information on the Round 4 – Non-profit Arts & Cultural Program, please visit: https://careliefgrant.com/arts-and-culture/.
The February 17, 2021 agreement partially conforms California tax law to new federal tax treatment for loans provided through the Paycheck Protection Plan, allowing companies to deduct up to $150,000 in expenses covered by the PPP loan. All businesses that took out loans of $150,000 or less would be able to maximize their deduction for state purposes. Larger firms that took out higher loans would still be subject to the same ceiling of $150,000 in deductibility. More than 750,000 PPP loans were taken out by California small businesses. This tax treatment would also extend to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans as well.
The February 17 agreement provides for two years of fee relief for roughly 59,000 restaurants and bars licensed through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that can range annually from $455 to $1,235. The agreement also reflects fee relief for more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.
IBank’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Program provides loans to underserved small businesses. Learn more about this program at the IBank website.
The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses- especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state.
California has additional resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19:
Labor and workforce support for businesses
How to manage COVID-19 in the workplace
As California reopens, every business will need to create a safer, low-risk environment. If you own or manage a business, follow:
As workplaces reopen, employees will need both childcare support and workplace flexibility. It’s also important that employees with COVID-19 know they should stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. See more information on:
The Paycheck Protection Program provides forgivable loans to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. PPP may also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, and uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020. New regulations have created retroactive changes to PPP loans borrowed in 2020 and outlined guidelines for first and second draw loans in 2021.
Learn more about the PPP at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website.
• Available for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters
• There is currently no expiration date for this benefit
The EIDL is available for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. For questions, you can contact SBA’s customer service line at 1-800-659-2955 / 1-800-877-8339 (TTY), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
H.R. 1319 American Rescue Act 2021 Summary
Covered Period & Eligible Expenses:
For an initial 21-day period, the SBA will prioritize awarding grants for small business concerns owned and controlled by women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns.
How to Prepare for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is NOT yet accepting applications. Please use the following steps to help you prepare for the application:
Use the following steps to get started:
The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. The America Rescue Plan Act provides an additional $1.25 billion to fund this grant program.
Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. SBA has launched the portal to begin accepting applications on April 8, 2021. Those who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed. Please click here for detailed information. To access the SBA portal, click here.
EMERGENCY BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
The Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program provides microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance for the County of Santa Barbara. Now Accepting Applications! Click here to apply
Award Date: Rolling Basis
Application Deadline: June 30, 2021
The Emergency Business Assistance program will consist of two different components: Microenterprise business Assistance and Small Business Assistance.
During an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current outbreak of COVID-19, small business owners must prepare for disruption in their business as well as prepare to protect their employees’ health and safety in the workplace.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has made health and safety guidance and signage available for businesses seeking to reopen. These PDFs can be downloaded and printed. Signage can be placed in your place of business to alert customers of your efforts to secure the environment while ensuring the health and safety of your staff.