SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The launch of a new partnership (with a long title) is bringing a much-needed financial boost to small business owners in Santa Maria.
The Santa Barbara Better Together (SBBT) Fund Small Business Grant Program is a joint effort between the Santa Barbara Foundation and the City of Santa Maria.
The goal is to help local business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These efforts to support local businesses today will help many to survive these tough times, and help ensure a strong community in the future,” said Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino. “We need to help our neighbors when times are tough, and we all look forward to returning to normal.”
Both the City and the Foundation will support individual grants through the program of up to $7,500 dollars. Funds are earmarked for qualifying businesses reopening within the city limits under proper health guidelines.
Grants will be disbursed until the funds are depleted.
The City of Santa Maria is contributing $125,000 dollars to the effort while the Santa Barbara Foundation has set aside $75,000 dollars.
The application process launched September 1 and ends Wednesday, September 9.
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