Santa Clara County ‘microbusiness’ COVID relief grants available

Santa Clara County microbusinesses can now apply for $2,500 grants via the Microbusiness Grant portal. These grants are intended for very small, mom-and-pop shops that endured significant hardship during the pandemic.

The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (MBCRG) was created last year within the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) to help qualified microbusinesses.

To qualify, a microbusiness must have been actively operating since at least December 2019, significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and received less than $50,000 in revenue in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Additionally, the business must be currently active or have clear a reopening plan and have fewer than five full-time employees. For a full list of eligibility requirements, see here.

The County of Santa Clara, The Enterprise Foundation, and Aces SBDC will prioritize microbusinesses that have faced historic barriers, are majority owned by women, minorities or persons of color, veterans, undocumented individuals, and individuals living in low-income areas, experienced significant losses due to COVID-19, and sidewalk vendors.

The application is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Grants will be disbursed on a first come first serve basis so apply here today!