SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif.– The Santa Barbara Foundation has extended the deadline to apply for COVID-19 relief grants to Jun. 7 of this year.
Each $2,500 grant is distributed through the Micro-business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.
The county-wide Grant Program provides grants to self-employed, small, or micro-business owners who faced negative effects from pandemic-related measures.
Approximately 60 grants remain outstanding and await distribution. Staff at the Santa Barbara Foundation are available with questions about the application process.
Eligibility requirements for applicants include:
- Were self-employed or ran their small business in 2019
- Experienced a income decrease of at least 10% in 2020
- Earned $50,000 or less from their business (Additional income less than what was earned through self-employment does not effect eligibility and this is not a maximum allowable income level for an applicant)
- Are still operating their business or have a plan to reopen
Applicants will need their income tax returns from 2019 and 2020, a valid government-issued ID, and a W-9 form. Applicants are not required to provide business licensure nor immigration status.
Interested applicants can learn more and apply here.
In-person application sessions are also available and listed below:
- Santa Maria on Wednesday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p. m. at the Santa Barbara Foundation on 2625 S. Miller St. in Santa Maria
- Lompoc on Wednesday, May 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce on 111 South I St. in Lompoc
- Carpinteria on Thursday, May 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p. m. at the Carpinteria Arts Center on 855 Linden Ave. in Carpinteria
- Santa Barbara on Friday, May 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology on 513 Garden St. in Santa Barbara
The Micro-business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is offered through a partnership between the Santa Barbara Foundation and the County of Santa Barbara and is partially funded though a grant offered through the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.
To learn more about the Santa Barbara Foundation, visit their website at sbfoundation.org.