On Wednesday, December 30, 2020 The State of California began accepting applications for its announced allocation of $500 million for COVID-19 Relief Grant for Small Businesses, with grants of up to $25,000 to be distributed to underserved micro and small businesses.

The State has successfully received thousands of completed applications and will extend the closing date to Wednesday, January 13 2021, to keep the portal open for those still in process and for new applicants to ensure fair and equitable opportunities for California’s small business community.

In order to handle the continued high volumes, the State is making adjustments to the update and order process. If applicants experienced disruptions in the application process, they will be notified when they can log back in for updates and uploads.

As a reminder, this is not a first-come, first-serve application process or rolling approval process – all eligible applicants will be considered for the grant at the close of Round 1 on January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 pm and not before.

Additionally, the Economic Development Collaborate will host a webinar on Friday, January 8, 2021 at noon to discuss the CA Business Grant and new Care’s Act Funding. Interested business are encouraged to register early, as seating is limited. To register please visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MPRIWJKzQGG6emRQHtqQ6A

For updates, further information and guidance on where to apply, please visit California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program https://careliefgrant.com/