The funding, allocated by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act, was provided to the county specifically for preventing, preparing for and responding to COVID-19 impacts.
As a result, Emergency Business Assistance Program funding will only be provided when adverse COVID-19 impacts to an applicant’s business are reasonably determined and documented.
“This grant program is an added effort to provide support for our county’s economy through continued uncertain times,” said Jessica Sanchez, director of donor relations at the Santa Barbara Foundation. “This program is another COVID-19 relief partnership, like Santa Barbara Better Together Fund and Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund that are providing extra relief to businesses challenged by the coronavirus pandemic.”
To apply for a grant, small-business owners should review the grant guidelines and eligibility requirements, then complete the eligibility checklist before accessing the grant portal and registering a business to receive access to the application.
Staff from the county and Santa Barbara Foundation will host two workshops to discuss the program with interested business owners, the first set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 10 and the second from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 19.
Applications will be time and date stamped and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applicants may be required to submit additional documentation or details and will have two weeks to submit the additional materials, as requested by the Santa Barbara Foundation.