Deadline for state aid for San Diego County small businesses, nonprofits nears

Posted at 2:23 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 17:23:06-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County small businesses and nonprofits have until mid-January to apply for a portion of $500 million in relief funds from the state.

The small business and nonprofit relief fund was announced in December and makes hundreds of millions of dollars available to businesses and nonprofits hit hard by the pandemic. The grants are first-come, first-served and applications will start to be reviewed once the submission period closes.

Businesses and non-profits have until Wednesday, Jan. 13, until 11:59 p.m. to submit an application. Interested groups can do so online here.

"Our team of over 100 business advisors provided over 20,000 hours of one-on-one assistance in 2020 helping small business owners access disaster assistance and get through the pandemic," said Daniel Fitzgerald, Regional Director, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network. "With the new state and federal programs, our team will be ready and available to help small businesses who continue to need our help."

California's relief funds are on top of the federal government's assistance included in the latest stimulus bill. That bill included more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, business grants for live venues and museums that have been shuttered since March, and the ability for non-profits to apply.

"The new state and federal funding measures are an opportunity to bolster the nonprofit sector as it continues to provide much-needed relief for San Diegans impacted by COVID-19," said Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. "We will educate and inform San Diego nonprofits about the SBDC services and training available to them to assist in application development so we can bring federal and state funds home to San Diego to help our community."