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Which businesses will this fund support?

Grants are being provided to small, economically disadvantaged, and at-risk businesses in the City of San Diego. Funds are provided by the City of San Diego through the CARES Act. The targeted recipients are small  local  businesses  in the City of San Diego that are most vulnerable to impacts of COVID-19, including businesses located in a Promise Zone, Opportunity Zone, Low & Moderate Income Census  tracts, areas of higher than average unemployment, and other economic corridors most impacted by COVID-19, and including businesses  that have lower credit scores, operate on low profit margins, or rely on an owner’s personal funds or external financing.

Eligibility

To be eligible, business must be located in the City of San Diego and meet one of the following conditions.

  • Business is located in one of the ZIP codes or Census tracts viewed via this link
  • or two of: (a) business owner credit rating of 680 or lower, (b) profit margin of less than 20%, (c) relying on personal funds or external financing  (for example a loan) to operate the business

And all of the following must be true:

  • Business net income was $100,000 or less in 2019
  • No more than ten employees in addition to the owner(s); it’s okay to have zero employees
  • Have a City of San Diego Business Tax Certificate, application for certificate, or similar document valid in the City of San Diego
  • Has been in business since January 1, 2020, or earlier
  • Has experienced a decline in revenue or services due to COVID-19

Note: Nonprofit organizations are not eligible for this grant.

Documents Required

Due to the requirements of CARES Act funding, to receive a grant you will need to provide documents to verify the information you submit. Please make sure you have all of these before you begin your application. 

  • City of San Diego Business Tax Certificate, application for certificate, or similar document valid in the City of San Diego
  • Financial reports or workflow reports (like invoices) that show a decline in revenue or work due to COVID-19
  • 2019 IRS filing (preferred) or profit-and-loss statement showing 2019 business net income 
  • Payroll records for August 1-31, 2020 (if the business has any employees)
  • Form W9 (you can download the form here)

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us at: BBRF@sdgrantmakers.org or leave a message and we will call you back at 858-777-6908.

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