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 

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

  • Available to eligible small business or nonprofits operating in California
  • Provides cash payments based on eligible business’s gross revenue in the 2019 taxable year
  • Round 6 applications open April 28, 2021, through May 4, 2021

Round 6 is the final application window for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant. Applicants who applied but did not receive funds in rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 do not need to apply again. They will automatically be entered in round 6. You can begin preparing your documents at CAReliefGrant.com.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans

  • Available to first and second time loan applicants
  • Provides loans to help fund payroll costs
  • Applications were accepted through March 31, 2021

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.

Learn more about the PPP at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 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

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:

  • The employer playbook to help plan and prepare your business for reopening.
  • Industry-specific guidance through the employer portal. Answer a few questions and receive tailored guidance for your business to protect your workers and customers.

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:

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