California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

CAMEO is California’s statewide micro-business network made up of over 300 organizations, agencies, and individuals dedicated to furthering Micro-Business development in California with small and micro-business financing such as loans and credit, technical assistance and business management training.

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The State of California and CalOSBA are committed to ensuring small businesses have access to the support, resources and capital they need – and this support is fundamental to California’s COVID-19 response.

If you’re a small business owner looking for an organization that can help you with your California Relief Grant application, please scroll down to find a list of CAMEO members that can do so.

General Information

For information about the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant program, please visit CAreliefgrant.com or send your application directly.

Lendistry Call Center for Rounds 1-3 and 5-7, and 9: 888-612-4370.

Owners of multiple businesses, franchises, locations, etc. will be considered for only one grant and are required to apply for their business with the highest revenue.

For spouses with separate businesses, only one grant will be considered for each household.

Round 7: Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds

Selection window: Tuesday, August 3 through Thursday, September 16.

Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in certain previous rounds. Selection does not guarantee approval or an award. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applicants will not be accepted in this round.

Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000.

Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted.

Round 8: Nonprofit cultural institutions only

Application window: Friday, August 27 through Wednesday, September 8.

Eligible applicants: Only nonprofit cultural institutions of any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria.

Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000

Details: Approximately $16 million remain under the Nonprofit Cultural Institutions Program. Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1, 2, 5 or 6; nonprofit cultural institutions that applied in Round 4 do not need to reapply.  Grants will only be available to nonprofit cultural institutions that did not receive funding in any previous rounds. Grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019.

Round 9: New applicants and waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds.

Application window: Thursday, September 9 through Thursday, September 30.

Eligible applicants: Current waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria.

Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000

Details: Applicants not selected to move forward in the review process in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 9. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com.

Uploading Documents

If you’ve applied and had technical difficulties, check your email, including your spam folder as Lendistry will be contacting you directly. Also, answer your phone as they might be calling you – and you might not recognize their phone number, especially if you called the Lendistry Call Center and are expecting a call. 

This is not a first-come-first-served application. The delay will not have any impact on grant selection. The document uploads and duplicate applications are causing the system to slow down and there are many duplicates that need to be sorted.

Webinars

Upcoming webinars

Join TMC Community Capital on August 31, 2021 at 3:00pm PT to get all your questions answered about Round 9 of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. We can walk you through the application process and the process to accept the grant if selected. For more information, feel free to reach out to TMC Community Capital staff at support@tmccommunitycapital.org.

On-demand webinars

Organizations that Can Help

CAMEO is working with the following organizations that can help you with your application.

Statewide Resources

Regional Resources

AlamedaAlliance for Community Development
Melanie Nuni
Centro Community Partners
Veronica Gutierrez
Uptima Business Bootcamp
Rani Croager
FresnoFresno Area Hispanic Foundation
Yery Olivares
(559) 222-8705
HumboldtArcata Economic Development Corporation
Brandi Easter
(707) 798-6132, ext 210
KernFresno Area Hispanic Foundation
Yery Olivares
(559) 222-8705
LakeEconomic Development & Financing Corporation (EDFC)
Robert Gernet
(707) 376-8733
Los AngelesOmniworks
Brent Imai
(323) 638-7112
Kelly Ocampo
Bethel LA CDC
Frank Stokes
MarinAlliance for Community Development
Melanie Nuni
Centro Community Partners
Veronica Gutierrez
Uptima Business Bootcamp
Rani Croager
Mission Economic Development Agency
Edwin Rodriguez
MendocinoEconomic Development & Financing Corporation (EDFC)
Robert Gernet
(707) 376-8733
MercedFresno Area Hispanic Foundation
Yery Olivares
(559) 222-8705
ModocSierra SBDC
1-833-ASK-SBDC
MontereyEl Pájaro CDC
Andrea Valdez
(831) 722-1224
Nevada1-833-ASK-SBDC
OaklandOakland Indie Alliance
Ari Takata-Vazquez
Placer1-833-ASK-SBDC
Plumas1-833-ASK-SBDC
Sacramento1-833-ASK-SBDCOpening Doors
Lien Lam
San BenitoEl Pájaro CDC
Andrea Valdez
(831) 722-1224
San BernardinoBethel LA CDC
Frank Stokes
San FranciscoAlliance for Community Development
Melanie Nuni
Mission Economic Development Agency
Edwin Rodriguez
Centro Community Partners
Veronica Gutierrez
Uptima Business Bootcamp
Rani Croager
San JoaquinFresno Area Hispanic Foundation
Yery Olivares
(559) 222-8705
Centro Community Partners
Veronica Gutierrez
San Luis ObispoMission Community Services
San MateoAlliance for Community Development
Melanie Nuni
Centro Community Partners
Veronica Gutierrez
Uptima Business Bootcamp
Rani Croager
Santa BarbaraWomen’s Economic Ventures
Santa ClaraAlliance for Community Development
Melanie Nuni
Centro Community Partners
Veronica Gutierrez
Uptima Business Bootcamp
Rani Croager
Santa CruzEl Pájaro CDC
Andrea Valdez
(831) 722-1224
SolanoAlliance for Community Development
Melanie Nuni
Centro Community Partners
Veronica Gutierrez
Uptima Business Bootcamp
Rani Croager
SonomaAlliance for Community Development
Melanie Nuni
Centro Community Partners
Veronica Gutierrez
Economic Development & Financing Corporation (EDFC)
Robert Gernet
(707) 376-8733
Uptima Business Bootcamp
Rani Croager

Información en Español

Si busca información acerca del Programa de subvenciones de ayuda COVID-19 para pequeñas empresas de California, por favor visite CAreliefgrant.com o envíe su solicitud directamente aquí.

Información General

Call Center del Programa de Subvenciones de Ayuda para California (Rondas 1-3, 5-7, 9): 888-612-4370

Los dueños de múltiples empresas, franquicias, locales, etc. serán considerados para una sola subvención y se requiere que envíen solicitud para su empresa con mayores ingresos.

Para cónyuges con empresas separadas, sólo se considerará una subvención por cada hogar.

Ronda 7: Solicitantes en la lista de espera de ciertas rondas previas

Período de Selección: Martes, 3 de agosto al jueves, 16 de septiembre

Solicitantes elegibles: Esta ronda es cerrada y sólo está disponible para solicitantes elegibles que fueron puestos en la lista de espera en ciertas rondas previas. La selección no garantiza aprobación ni una subvención. Si usted está en una lista de espera, no necesita volver a enviar su solicitud. No se aceptarán solicitudes nuevas en esta ronda.

Suma elegible para subvención: $5,000 – $25,000

Detalles: Esta es una ronda cerrada de financiamiento; no se aceptarán solicitudes nuevas.

Ronda 8: Sólo instituciones culturales sin fines de lucro

Período de solicitud: Viernes, 27 de agosto al miércoles, 8 de septiembre

Solicitantes elegibles: Sólo instituciones culturales sin fines de lucro con cualquier rango de ingresos que cumplan con los criterios de elegibilidad.

Suma elegible para subvención: $5,000 – $25,000

Detalles: Aún quedan aproximadamente $16 millones bajo el Programa de Instituciones Culturales Sin Fines de Lucro. Las instituciones culturales sin fines de lucro elegibles deberán completar una nueva solicitud aún si ya han enviado una solicitud durante las Rondas 1, 2, 5 o 6; las instituciones culturales que enviaron su solicitud en la Ronda 4 no necesitan enviarla de nuevo. Las subvenciones sólo estarán disponibles para instituciones culturales que no recibieron fondos en ninguna de las rondas anteriores. Las subvenciones darán prioridad basado en la reducción porcentual de ingresos documentada en un período reportado que compare Q2 y Q3 del 2020 versus Q2 y Q3 del 2019.

Ronda 9: Nuevos solicitantes y solicitantes en la lista de espera de ciertas rondas previas

Período de solicitud: Jueves, 9 de septiembre al jueves, 30 de septiembre

Solicitantes elegibles: Solicitantes actualmente en la lista de espera de ciertas rondas previas y nuevos solicitantes que cumplan los criterios de elegibilidad.

Suma elegible para subvención: $5,000 – $25,000

Detalles: Los solicitantes que no fueron seleccionados para continuar en el proceso de revisión durante las Rondas 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, o 7 no necesitan enviar una nueva solicitud y serán considerados automáticamente para la Ronda 9. Los nuevos solicitantes deberán enviar su solicitud.

Subir documentos

Si usted enfrentó dificultades técnicas al enviar su solicitud, por favor revise su correo electrónico, incluyendo la carpeta de spam ya que Lendistry lo contactará directamente. Asimismo, conteste su teléfono ya que puede que le llamen, especialmente si usted llamó al Lendistry Call Center y está esperando una llamada. Tal vez no reconozca el número de teléfono así que por favor esté atento.

Las solicitudes no serán aprobadas en orden de llegada. El retraso no tendrá ningún impacto sobre la selección de subvenciones. Las cargas de documentos y las solicitudes duplicadas están causando lentitud en el sistema. Hay muchos duplicados que necesitan ser separados.