• SBCWDB Special Issue | Emergency Business Assistance Grant

    Grant Opportunities

    Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program
    The Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program provides microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance for the County of Santa Barbara.
    Now Accepting Applications! Click here 
    Award Date: Rolling Basis
    Application Deadline: June 30, 2021
    Program Funding
    Eligible costs include commercial rent, utilities (excluding water and sewage), payroll, personal protective equipment (PPE) required for business operation, business services to increase or alter business activities (e.g. point of sale system, website development, outdoor business activities, etc.), or other costs determined to be eligible and necessary to resume or alter business operations.  
    All grant payments will be made on a reimbursable basis for actual costs incurred by grant recipients under this program. The business will be required to submit appropriate documentation to confirm eligibility for the relevant program and receive grant payments accordingly.
    Program Components 
    The Emergency Business Assistance program will consist of two different components: Microenterprise Business Assistance and Small Business Assistance.
    1.    Microenterprise Business Assistance: The Emergency Business Assistance program will provide grants up to $10,000 to Microenterprises that were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    2.    Small Business Assistance: The Emergency Business Assistance program will provide grants up to $25,000 to small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    Full eligibility, funding allowances, documentation and reporting requirements for each component can be reviewed online Click here
    Program Application
    Applications can be submitted via the Santa Barbara Foundation’s grants online portal, printing and mailing or hand-delivering applications in a sealed envelope to the Santa Barbara Foundation at 1111 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, Ca, 93101 during regular hours of operation of Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Submission of an application does not guarantee a grant award. Applications will be reviewed for completeness before accepted, and compliance with program requirements.
    How to Prepare 
    1. Review the Website for Full Program Information 
    Please review the website for further program information and grant guidelines to determine eligibility Click here
    2. Attend a Free Workshop (Optional)
    Join the County of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Foundation in a grant program workshop for the Emergency Business Assistance Program on Wednesday, May 19 from 12:00 pm -1:30 pm. Click here to register
    3. Apply for the Appropriate Grant Component
    Follow the instructions on the website to determine the best way to apply for funding Click here
    Restaurant Revitalization Fund
    REGISTER Friday, April 30 starting at 9 AM at restaurants.sba.gov 
    APPLY Monday, May 3 starting at 12 PM at restaurants.sba.gov 
    FAQs about the grant restaurants.org 
    I attended the "Restaurant Revitalization Funds – Key Details on Eligibility and Prioritization" Zoom webcast this morning. This webcast is now on-demand and available anytime. They're allowing me to share the link with all of you. It provides with important information to get you prepared to register this Friday and apply on Monday, May 3 starting at noon. Do not hesitate to apply for this grant! SAMS, DUNS and CAGE numbers are NO LONGER REQUIRED. Also covered during this webcast are: 
    Program details
    Supplemental documents
    Application process
    Who can apply
    How to apply
    When to apply
    Set asides
    Funding amount
    Allowable use of funds
    Any questions or concerns, either review the webcast, go to restaurants.sba.gov or call 844.279.8898. 
    Santa Barbara Foundation
    Small Capacity Building Program grants (formerly Express Grants) are awards of up to $5,000 aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity and programmatic effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County.
    Application Deadlines
    May 3 | June 7 | July 6 | August 2 | September 7 | October 4 | November 1
    Grant Guidelines
    United Way of Santa Barbara County & Partners
    COVID-19 Joint Response Grants
    United Way of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Foundation, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    United Way of Santa Barbara County will be providing grants to individuals for those disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic.
    Santa Barbara Foundation and Hutton Parker Foundation will provide grants up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations serving all regions of Santa Barbara County: https://www.unitedwaysb.org/covid-19-joint-response-grants 
    Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program
    UPDATE: The U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm EDT. To access the application portal Click here. Learn more the program and eligibility requirements Click here
    To receive a SVOG or access any federal government grants, your business will need to register for a free System for Award Management (SAM) number. If you have submitted your SAM.gov registration, but the registration is not yet active, you can still apply for relief under the SVOG program. During the SVOG application process, you will have to attest that you have submitted your SAM.gov registration
    Create a Login.gov account at https://login.gov/
    Sign up for a Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number if you do not already have one at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/index.jsp. This typically takes 1-2 days to process. 
    Register with SAM at https://sam.gov/SAM/ using your Login.gov information, DUNS number and standard business information (such as your Tax ID Number). It can take up to 2 weeks to receive your SAM number. 
    Do not register for a SAM number on any other website or pay for a SAM number.
    For more information on this process view the SAM.gov Registration Training video Click here
    Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
    Update: COVID-19 EIDL Loans approved prior to April 7, 2021 for less than $500,000 are likely eligible for an increase based on new loan maximum amounts announced March 24, 2021. Businesses that received a loan subject to the previous loan limit can submit a request for an increase at this time.
    Interested in increasing your COVID-19 EIDL amount?
    Review email communications from the SBA. The SBA is now reaching out directly to loan borrowers via email to provide more details on how businesses can request an increase. Borrowers should expect to receive emails from @sba.gov or @updates.sba.gov addresses.
    Email CovidEIDLIncreaseRequests@sba.gov using the subject line "EIDL Increase Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]" 
    Be sure to include in the body of your email identifying information for your current loan including application number, loan number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number.
    Important: Do NOT include any financial documents or tax records with your initial request. You will receive a follow up email notification if the SBA needs additional documents.
    Deadline: December 31, 2021 Learn more Click here
    California Rebuilding Fund
    Loan program to support California's small businesses (especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state) that are flexible, transparent and are designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times. Learn more Click here
    Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) Loan Program
    Affordable capital can be accessed through the EDC Loan Program. Each applicant is paired with one of their top tier financial advisors to ensure that you have the best access in reaching the capital you need. With five regional loan funds and low-interest rates, the EDC maintains a commitment to reaching underserved communities. Learn more Click here
    Housing Related Assistance
    Update: View the EDC Guide for Advisors, Tenants and Landlords During COVID-19 for immediate recommended actions, negotiation strategies and resources for residential and commercial renters. Click here
    California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program
    NEW: If you're an income eligible renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, or you're a landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, you may be eligible to get financial assistance now through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. The program is not first come first served, rather priority will be given to those households with the greatest risk of being evicted. Learn more and apply directly Click here
    County of Santa Barbara Rental and Utility Grants
    Emergency rental and utility assistance for eligible County of Santa Barbara residents that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support. Learn more Click here
    Tax Credits
    Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)
    The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, amended and extended the employee retention credit (and the availability of certain advance payments of the tax credits) under section 2301 of the CARES Act. Learn more about recent changes and how to access ERTC Click here
    Worker Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
    The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment, including qualified long- term unemployment recipients.
    Deadline: December 31, 2025 Learn more Click here
    Social Security Employee and Employer Portion Deferral
    The payroll tax deferral period for social security tax began on March 27, 2020 and ended December 31, 2020.
    Deadlines: The deferred deposits of the employer's share of Social Security tax must be deposited
    On December 31, 2021, 50 percent of the eligible deferred amount ; and
    On December 31, 2022, the remaining amount. Learn more Click here
    Sales and Use Tax Extension to File and Pay
    Small businesses are encouraged to use the sale tax they have already collected to float any applicable obligations. For a full schedule of program and tax due dates Click here