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.

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.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans

  • Available to first and second time loan applicants
  • Provides loans to help fund payroll costs
  • Applications were accepted through May 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 California’s COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards to protect your workers from hazards related to COVID-19. These standards are enforced by the 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.

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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