Santa Cruz Microbusiness $2500 Grant Program

The Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant (MBCRG) Program is State funded through the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). The Santa Cruz SBDC In partnership with the County of Santa Cruz and El Pajaro CDC will carry out this program to fund 105 microbusinesses at $2,500 each. Applications will open in June 2022.

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Grant Eligibility

Grant Eligibility

You can qualify to apply if you meet these criteria:

  • Located in Santa Cruz County
  • Been in business since December 2019
  • Made less than $50,000 gross revenue in 2019
  • Significantly Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Currently in business or plan to reopen
  • Have less than 5 full-time equivalent employees
  • Did not receive a CA Grant through Lendistry

How to Apply

How to Apply


All you need to do is fill out the application which should take 15-20 minutes. The first section is a qualifications section. If you pass that section, you will be able to fill out the rest of the application. 

You will need to upload:

  • A photo ID (can be a foreign ID)
  • 2019 Tax Return (or if you do not have a tax return, another document that verifies you are a business- see FAQs below)
  • W9 Form (Click here for form)

When the application is open, there will be button here to apply. In meantime, if you would like assistance or have questions, please sign up:

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR ASSISTANCE AND INFO

How Funding Will be Awarded

How Funding Will be Awarded


There will be a total of 105 grants of $2500 given out. 

The application will open in June 2022 and remain open until funds are used up. The first round of applications (from June 5 – June 30, 2022) will be reviewed the first week of July 2022.

If there are more than 105 applications, awardees will be chosen through a lottery system. This is not a first come, first serve application process.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Upcoming Info Sessions


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FAQ

FAQs


How many grants will be awarded?

105 grants of $2,500 each

Do I have to pay the money back, like a loan?

No. The funds you receive are a grant, not a loan, and do not need to be paid back.

Will I have to pay taxes if I receive this grant money?

No, for CA State, you will not be taxed on this grant money. It is unknown at this time what the Federal Government will do.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply.

If I do not have a Tax Return, can I still apply? What other document can I upload instead?

Yes, you can apply without a tax return. If you do not have a 2019 tax return, you can upload one of the following:

  • A local business permit or license
  • A bank statement
  • Trade Account
  • 3rd Party Verification Form (Click here for form)

If you need assistance or have questions, SIGN UP HERE or call Santa Cruz SBDC at (831) 479-6136 or email sbdcprocessing@gmail.com

Can I apply if I received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program?

Yes, you can apply if you received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL or other pandemic-related grant or loan programs.

Can I apply if I received funds from the California Relief Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program through Lendistry?

No, you may not apply if you received funds from the California Relief Grant Program.

Do I have to fill out the application online? Can I submit my application via mail or in person?

All applications must be filled out online. No physical applications will be accepted. If you need help accessing a computer with internet access or filling out the application, please SIGN UP HERE or call Santa Cruz SBDC at (831) 479-6136 or email sbdcprocessing@gmail.com

Do I need to submit all the documents? What if I don’t have all the documents that I need to apply?

You must submit ALL the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. However, if you do not have one of the documents listed and you are a qualified business, you can have an organization sign a 3rd Party Certification Form on your behalf. if you need assistance or have questions, SIGN UP HERE or call Santa Cruz SBDC at (831) 479-6136 or email sbdcprocessing@gmail.com

If my business receives a grant, what can I use the money for? What can’t I use the money for?

Applicants will be required to self-certify that grant funds will be used for one or more of the following eligible uses:

  • The purchase of new certified equipment including, but not limited to, a cart.
  • Investment in working capital.
  • Application for, or renewal of, a local permit including, but not limited to, a permit to operate as a sidewalk vendor.
  • Payment of business debt accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related health and safety restrictions, or business interruptions or closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as defined in subdivision (l) of Section 12100.83.

If I have a home based business can I apply?

Yes, you can. You still need to provide one source of documentation that qualifies you as a business.

I own/operate more than one business. Am I allowed to submit an application for each business I own if they meet the qualifications?

No, you may only apply one time even if you own, co-own, or operate multiple businesses. Only one business will be eligible.

I have multiple locations for a single business, which address should I use?

Please select what you might consider the “primary” business location.

My business has multiple locations. How do I know if I qualify? 

Your application answers and financial information must pertain only to any locations in Santa Cruz County.

Can I apply if I am a nonprofit?

Yes. You have to have $1000 minimum in gross revenue to be able to apply.

How will applications be selected to receive funding?  

If the amount of eligible applications exceeds the amount of funding available, the selection process will be conducted by a lottery. This is not a first-come, first-serve process.

How will I be contacted or know if I will receive a grant?

You will be notified by the email you identify on your application.

Will I be contacted if I do not receive a grant?

Yes, you will be notified by email whether or not you receive a grant.

Outreach Partners

Outreach Partners



The Santa Cruz SBDC, the County of Santa Cruz and El Pajaro CDC are partnering with community and city organizations to reach as many underserved business owners as possible. These organizations include:

Partner Toolkit

Partner Toolkit


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We ❤️our local small businesses! Santa Cruz County microbusinesses can apply to receive a $2,500 COVID-19 Relief Grant offered through the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center.

A few types of businesses who might be eligible: Artists & Musicians, Childcare Providers, Construction Workers, Food Vendors, Hair Stylists, Handy Man, House Cleaners, Gardeners & Landscapers, and Nail Technicians. Help spread the word 📢 if you or someone you know might qualify!

 🗓 The application process opens in June 2022.

Learn more:  www.santacruzsbdc.org/microbizgrants

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Are you a Santa Cruz County business that made less than $50,000 in 2019? You may qualify to get a $2500 COVID Relief Grant! A few types of businesses who might be eligible: Artists & Musicians, Childcare Providers, Construction Workers, Food Vendors, Hair Stylists, Handy Man, House Cleaners, Gardeners & Landscapers, and Nail Technicians. Help spread the word 📢 if you or someone you know might qualify! Application opens in June 2022.

For Info 👉🏽  www.santacruzsbdc.org/microbizgrants


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Option 1

We ❤️our local small businesses! Santa Cruz County microbusinesses can apply to receive a $2,500 COVID-19 Relief Grant Program offered through the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center.

A few types of businesses who might be eligible: Artists & Musicians, Childcare Providers, Construction Workers, Food Vendors, Hair Stylists, Handy Man, House Cleaners, Gardeners & Landscapers, and Nail Technicians. Help spread the word 📢 if you or someone you know might qualify!

🗓 The application opens in June 2022.

Learn more at  http://www.santacruzsbdc.org/microbizgrants

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Are you a Santa Cruz County business that made less than $50,000 in 2019? You may qualify to get a $2500 COVID Relief Grant! A few types of businesses who might be eligible: Artists & Musicians, Childcare Providers, Construction Workers, Food Vendors, Hair Stylists, Handy Man, House Cleaners, Gardeners & Landscapers, and Nail Technicians. Help spread the word 📢 if you or someone you know might qualify! Application opens in June 2022.

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Santa Cruz County microbusinesses can apply to receive a $2,500 grant from the Santa Cruz County’s Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. 🗓 The application process opens in June 2022. Learn more:  www.santacruzsbdc.org/microbizgrants

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Coming Soon!

The Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center (Santa Cruz SBDC) will disburse $262,500 in relief funds to 105 microbusinesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Microbusinesses in Santa Cruz County may be eligible for $2,500 grants! Offered by the Santa Cruz SBDC in partnership with the County of Santa Cruz and El Pajaro CDC and funded in part by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, the program is designed to provide relief to our community’s hardest-to-reach microbusinesses and entrepreneurs.

A few types of businesses that might be eligible: Artists & Musicians, Childcare Providers, Construction Workers, Food Vendors, Hair Stylists, Handy Man, House Cleaners, Gardeners & Landscapers, and Nail Technicians.

Applications open in June 2022. Find more information and frequently asked questions on the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center Microbusiness Grant website.

Contact Info

Contact Info


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR ASSISTANCE AND INFO

Phone: (831) 479-6136

Email: sbdcgrantprocessing@gmail.com