Santa Ana Small Business Incentive Program

The Santa Ana Small Business Incentive Program is designed to encourage entrepreneurs to establish businesses within the City of Santa Ana. The program provides up to a $5,000 reimbursement grant, of eligible business expenses, to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Criteria for Participation

  • Microenterprise with 5 or fewer employees, including the owners
  • New Santa Ana business within three years of operation - WAIVED IF IMPACTED BY COVID-19
  • Business License & Certificate of Occupancy 
  • Complete a workshop or business consultation with the OC SBDC -
  • Qualify under one of the following categories
    • Income Based:
      The business owner within 80% of family household income limits per the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 
      2018 Income Limits (Effective June 28, 2019)
      1 Person   $ 66,500
      2 Persons $ 76,000
      3 Persons $ 85,500
      4 Persons $ 94,950
      5 Persons $ 102,550
      6 Persons $ 110,150
      7 Persons $ 117,750
      8 or More Persons $ 125,350
    • Area Benefit:
      City staff will determine if your business serves at least 51% Low to Moderate Income residents based on its proximity to neighborhoods and the goods/services it provides. 
  • Exclusions apply and are listed in the Pre-Eligibility form and the Application

Grant Amounts for Qualified Business Expenses

  • Up to $5,000 for businesses with a storefront
  • Up to $2,500 for Santa Ana residents with businesses operating in Santa Ana without a storefront (home based)

To start the application process, please complete the Pre-Eligibility Form.

Once Pre-Eligibility Form is submitted, staff will contact you to discuss your business, the program, and invite you to complete a full application if the Pre-Eligibility determines that you may qualify for the program. 

For more information, please contact Sylvia Vazquez at or (714) 647-5445.