California and the federal government are providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19.

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Grants and loans 

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

  • Available to eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used no later than March 11, 2023
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications from all eligible applicants now
    • Certain groups are prioritized through May 24
    • Remaining applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis

The American Rescue Plan Act established the RRF to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. The RRF provides restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss (up to $10 million per business with no more than $5 million per physical location). 

Learn more at the SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund website.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) 

  • 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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Apply for disaster loan assistance.

Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program

  • Available to small businesses with 1-750 employees
  • Provides easier access to funds for small businesses 
  • There is currently no expiration date for this benefit

IBank’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Program provides loans to underserved small businesses. Learn more about this program at the IBank website

Other help for small businesses

Additional resources are available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including:

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.

Help employees get vaccinated

You can assist your employees by:

  • Coordinating vaccination events with provider partners
  • Hosting a mobile or pop-up clinic
  • Helping them book appointments
  • Providing them educational resources

Learn more using the Vaccination Toolkit for Employers at safertawork.ca.gov.

Protect employees from COVID-19 

If you own or manage a business, follow California’s COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards to protect your workers from hazards related to COVID-19. These standards are enforced by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Additionally, employers must follow statewide guidance for:

Visit the Employer portal at saferatwork.ca.gov to get customized guidance for your business.

Support employees and their families

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:

Questions and answers

Small business grants and loans

Managing COVID-19 in the workplace

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