Posted by on Dec 30th 2020

(Post 4): $500 Million for New COVID Relief Grant for Small Business

How to Apply

The California SBDC network is your committed business partner and we're standing by to help you apply for this grant opportunity. We will help you prepare for the application and ensure you have all the needed documentation to be successful in the process.

Northern and Central California Businesses
If your business is located in the greater Northern or Central California area, contact the SBDC offices directly at:
833-ASK-SBDC (833-275-7232)
Mon — Fri, 8 AM to 8 PM.

Southern California Businesses
If your business is located in the greater Southern California area, contact the SBDC offices directly at:
800-616-SBDC (800-616-7232)
Mon — Fri, 8 AM to 5 PM.

Important Application Timelines


- Application Opens December 30, 2020 at 6:00 AM
- Application Closes January 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM
- Start of Approval Notifications January 13, 2021

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


- Application Opens TBD
- Application Closes TBD
- Start of Approval Notifications TBD

Round 2 is the final application window for the Program. Grant awards for businesses in the second application window will be made in two decision rounds for funding.


Get your documentation in order to be prepared to apply when the application window opens.

Necessary documents – Government Issued Photo Id/ Latest filed tax returns – 2018 or 2019. Copy of official filing with the California Secretary of State, if applicable, or local municipality for the business such as one of the following: Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Organization, Fictitious Name of Registration or Government-Issued Business License.

One complete application will qualify you to be considered for both rounds, please only apply once.

Applying through multiple organizations will delay your application from being processed.

Owners of multiple businesses, franchises, locations, etc. will be considered for only one grant and are required to apply for the business with the highest revenue.