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California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Eligibility: Small for-profit businesses having a yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less (min $1,000) based on most recently filed tax return. Small non-profits registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) having a yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less (min $1,000) based on most recently filed Form 990.

Important Dates: Round 5: Notifications begin Monday, April 5th; Round 6: Date to be announced soon

Description: The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to 25,000 to eligible small business and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. Grant amounts are based on revenue: $5,000 grant for those with an annual revenue of $1,000 to 100,000, a $15,000 grant for those with an annual revenue up to 1 million, and a $25,000 grant for those with annual revenue up to 2.5 Million. Additional information and the application can be found online at 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program

Eligibility:  Entities with revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic including: live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organizations, relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria, motion picture theater operators, talent representatives, and eligible business entities.

Important Dates: Application portal available now; program available until further notice

Description: The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant Program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA's Office Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applicants with up to 50 full-time employees. Potential applicants may get registered in the federal government’s System for Award Management (, the required for an entity to receive an SVOG, and reference preliminary application checklist and eligibility requirements.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness

Eligibility: Small business borrowers that received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan of $50,000 or less.  

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: Simple loan forgiveness application for PPP loans of $50,000 or less that streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses. Answers to FAQs are found here. Borrowers may submit a loan forgiveness application before the maturity date of the loan. Open now for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers, authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan - read more

Main Street Lending Program

Eligibility: Small and mid-size businesses employing 10,000 or less employees or with revenues less than $2.5 billion

Important Dates: Ongoing

DescriptionThe Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized for profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reserve bank will set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to purchase 95 percent of loans originated by eligible lenders and lenders will retain 5 percent of the loans. Loans may be obtained through eligible lenders and will have a four-year maturity with a one-year principal and interest payment deferral. Additional information can be found online at

Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail Program (TED)

Eligibility: For specific eligibility requirements, please call the City of Temecula at 951-694-6400 and ask to speak to the Planner of the Day

Important Dates: Application available now; program available until further notice

Description: To support businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19, the City of Temecula is offering temporary expansions to assist restaurants and retail establishments during these trying times. The Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail program (TED) consists of two opportunities for businesses to have additional flexibility: Temporary Use Permit (TUP) (COVID-19) - Private Property Temporary Expansion, and Special Event Permit (COVID-19) Public Right-of-Way Temporary Expansion for Old Town Temecula. Application and additional information can be found online at

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Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Provides $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers.

Visit the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) website for California offices that can help with USDA assistance.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance includes Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance, now open to offering agricultural businesses low-interest, long-term loans, also available in Spanish.

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) offers financial and technical assistance for small business, labor and workforce support for business and employees, information about business tax extensions and more.

California State Treasurer offers small businesses contact information for federal, state and local program resources and tax relief.

California Infrastructure Economic Development Bank (IBank) offers a Small Business Disaster Relief Load Guarantee Program and other resources.

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