Funding Programs

Review information about small business grants and loans.

California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant is administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). The Program provides competitive micro grants of $2,500 to eligible microbusinesses impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. Amounts available for each County are based on population as determined from the latest population estimates from the California Department of Finance. The role of grantmaking entities was granted to County government agencies or a consortium of nonprofits through two rounds of applications.

This program will be implemented by County organizations or nonprofits working on their behalf. For application details and updates specific to the program available in your county, please contact the organizations listed for your county in the link below.

This list will be updated as additional counties are added to the program. If your county is not currently listed, please check back for future updates.

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (CA Relief Grant) was announced by Governor Newsom in November 2020. Following the high demand for the program, the CA Relief Grant was allocated $2.5 Billion to provide grants between $5,000 and $25,000 to California’s eligible small businesses and nonprofits that had been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program completed six rounds between December 30, 2020 and May 4, 2021.

On May 13, 2021, Governor Newsom, as a component of his $100 billion California Comeback Plan, announced his proposal to invest an additional $1.5 billion into the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, which would expand the Program to a total of $4 billion, representing the largest such program in the entire county. The full announcement can be read HERE.

Details on this program can be found online at

For all inquiries regarding the California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant and associated 1099 form, please contact or call 888-870-2203. Lendistry has a dedicated team to help you with any questions or concerns which may include:

  • You need to request a new 1099 form from Lendistry.
  • You lost or never received a 1099 form from Lendistry.
  • You received a grant, but your 1099 form contains incorrect information.
  • You did not receive a grant but received a 1099.
  • You need further clarification.
California Dream Fund

Learn more about the California Dream Fund Program by clicking here.

California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program

The California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program provides grants to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations (see Definitions) to encourage workforce development. The Program includes $49,500,000.00 to be allocated in one or more rounds to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations that meet certain criteria.

The Program requires these grants to be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis in specified amounts depending on the applicant’s annual gross revenue in the 2019 taxable year.

Eligible organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity that satisfies the criteria for a qualified small business pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 12100.82, with no more than two million dollars ($2,000,000) in annual gross revenue.

An eligible nonprofit must be in one of the following North American Industry Classification System codes, as reported on the entity’s tax return:

711110 – Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters;

711120 – Dance Companies;

711130 – Musical Groups and Artists; or

711190 – Other Performing Arts Companies.

Applications for this program will open soon. For additional information and to apply go to

State Loan Programs

State loan programs are available to small businesses looking to start or grow their business, or businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and natural disasters. These state loan programs include: The California Rebuilding Fund, Loan Guarantee Program, Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Financing, and California Capital Access Program.

Federal Loan Programs

Small Business Administration (SBA) Programs

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) offers multiple programs for small businesses and entrepreneurs to aid business growth and disaster recovery assistance. Whether you’re looking for loans to start or grow your business, connect with an investor, receive assistance during a disaster, or compete for a research grant, there are many funding opportunities available.

For assistance understanding eligibility for each of the programs available through the SBA, or for more federal loan programs, we recommend connecting with a Small Business Technical Assistance Center. These centers provide free counseling to interested small businesses and entrepreneurs and assist in identifying which programs they may be eligible for.

Local Grant and Loan Programs

Local funding opportunities are frequently established by county and city agencies. When looking for funding opportunities from local agencies, the county or city Economic Development Agency or Chamber of Commerce is a great resource to get started.

The network of California supported Small Business Technical Assistance Centers can also assist with identifying local programs available from your local city or county agencies. We recommend connecting with a small business advisor in your area to learn more about local funding opportunities.

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