Resources for Businesses and Workers
Impacted by Coronavirus
$10,000 Grant Program - Orange County District 1
Approximately $5.8 million to be awarded to Santa Ana businesses and nonprofits with 10 or fewer employees and to independent contractors. Application deadline is July 31st.
$5,000 COVID-19 Small Business Incentive Program Grant - For businesses not receiving SBA assistance.
The City of Santa Ana provides grants to businesses with 5 or fewer employees. Business owners must be within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development 80% income limits.
Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - 714-564-5200
The SBDC offers free business workshops, consulting services, and resources for businesses including access to grants and loans. Message from SBDC - As concerns continue about coronavirus (COVID-19), we can help you navigate available resources, answer your business questions and be a trusted partner for your business. Despite the impact of COVID-19, rest assured the SBDC is here to help and we value the privilege to be of service.
City of Santa Ana Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures
Halts foreclosures and evictions due to non-payment of rent by residential and commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19. Sample letter to landlord available.
Extended through July 28, 2020
Legal Assistance - Public Law Center (PLC)
The Public Law Center is partnering with Smart Small Think Big to for a Pro Bono Remote Legal Assistance Clinic for Nonprofits and Small Businesses. Nonprofit organizations and small business owners can get free brief legal advice on COVID-19 related legal issues, including CARES Act and other government economic relief programs, employment and staffing issues, meeting contractual obligations, insurance coverage and commercial lease matters.
Request assistance: COVID-19 Assistance Request Form
Contact: Sarah Efthymiou at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (714) 541-1010, ext. 281
EDD Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - business owners, self-employed, independent contractors
As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus Relief Options
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides loans and grants for businesses impacted by Coronavirus.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Still available through some lending institutions. The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees. This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%.
EIDL Loan Advance - Only accepting applications for agriculture businesses. Low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Apply online and check application status.
Express Bridge Loan Program - Allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.
SBA Debt Relief - The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months. The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
IBank - State of California Disaster Relief Loans - For businesses not eligible for SBA assistance.
Disaster Relief loans available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19. IBank partners with Financial Development Corporation (FDC) partners throughout the state that assists businesses in securing a 95% guarantee on a bank loan.
Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Provides resources for employers and workers impacted by Coronavirus.
EDD Reduced Work Hours - Work Sharing Program
The State of California Employment Development Department allows employers to apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The Centers for Disease Control provides guidance for businesses and employers to plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus.
GO-Biz Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
IRS - Coronavirus Tax Relief - Extension
Treasury and the IRS extend the filing date to July 15, 2020.
State of California Franchise Tax Board - Extension
The Franchise Tax Board announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Santa Ana Businesses in need of assistance may contact the Business Resource Hotline at 714-647-5477.
- EDD - Employment Development Department COVID-19
The State of California Employment Development Department provides Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave Benefits. Visit Coronavirus 2019 FAQs for answers to specific questions you may have about COVID-19 and what programs and benefits may be available to you.
- File for Unemployment Insurance
The State of California Employment Development Department provides Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave Benefits.
- File for Disability Insurance
If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19
- File for Paid Family Leave Benefits
If a family member is sick or quarantined with COVID-19 and you have to miss work to care for that person
- File for Unemployment Insurance
- City of Santa Ana Executive Order Halts Evictions and Foreclosures
Halts foreclosures and evictions due to non-payment of rent by residential and commercial tenants impacted by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The tenant is still responsible for the unpaid rent and must pay within six months of the expiration of the local emergency. A landlord can’t charge or collect a late fee for rent in these circumstances.
READ THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WITH ALL RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
- IRS - Coronavirus Tax Relief - Extension
Treasury and the IRS extend filing date to July 15, 2020.
- State of California Franchise Tax Board - Extension
The Franchise Tax Board extends file and pay date to July 15, 2020.
- Labor and Workforce Development Agency - Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Provides information on the different benefits available to workers impacted by Coronavirus.
Benefits for Workers Impacted By Covid-19 Table from Labor and Workforce Development Agency website: