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California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

In December of 2020, the State of California announced the creation of a $500 million Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to provide grants up to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits to help cover expenses during the pandemic.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development through the Office of the Small Business Advocate launched its portal & website:

There will be two rounds of grants.  During Round 1, applications will open on Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 and will close on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021.  Round 2 will be announced at a later date.  However, one complete application will qualify the small business or nonprofit for both rounds so applicants should only apply once.

Small businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to visit to learn more about their eligibility, the business documents required for the application, and other resources on how to apply.

Depending on the size of the business, grant awards will be between $5,000 to $25,000. There is no fee to apply. For more information, visit   

The Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will be providing daily webinars in multiple languages on the application process, and will be working with different partners throughout the State to provide assistance to applicants.  Once applications open, small businesses and nonprofits may apply directly through or through one of the partners. 

If you would like to talk to an experienced business lawyer about this program or something else, please contact Park Lawless & Tremonti LLP for a free consultation.  We represent small to Fortune 100 businesses throughout the United States across various industries.

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