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Grant Amount : $15,000

About

The grants are administered through the City’s local partner the Enterprise Foundation-Access/SBDC (https://www.accesssbdc.org/). Grants are intended for businesses with less than $3 million in annual revenues during one of the pandemic years - 2020 or 2021. Grant information, pre-screening forms and applications are available in multiple languages at AccessSBDC’s site: https://www.accesssbdc.org/sjrr22/.

“Since the start of the pandemic, closures have deeply hurt small businesses. As the City works to find ways to relieve the economic strain of the pandemic, I’m thankful we can leverage ARPA funds to help the backbone of our community find their footing again,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo.

The City of San José approved a $2.7 million budget funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act to be used for business grants of $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000, depending on the annual revenues of the business. It is estimated that about 300 grants will be awarded.

“We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our business owners!” said Nanci Klein, Economic Development & Cultural Affairs Director. “We ensured that the grant materials are available in multiple languages, and we are providing in-person application support.”

How do I Qualify?

For-profit businesses, companies, or enterprises (used interchangeably) including sole-proprietors and single-person businesses may apply, as can those in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The grants will be issued directly to the landlord to whom the back-due rent is owed.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Proof of outstanding rent debt from March 24, 2020 to August 19, 2021.
  • Physical commercial address must be in San José.
  • Annual gross receipts must be below $3 million in either 2020 or 2021.
  • Business must have 10 or fewer full-time employees including the business owner (Businesses may include part-time employees in its full-time equivalent count, 2 half-time employees = 1 full-time employee).
  • Businesses must be active and intend to continue in operation.
  • Businesses must have been in business prior to March 24, 2020.

About the Grantor

San José’s Small Business Grant
City of San José Office of Economic Development
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