Small Business Rent & Debt Relief: Eligibility Requirements

III. Eligibility Requirements

Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • For-profit business located in Santa Ana in operation as of 2018
  • Valid and Active Santa Ana Business License
  • Valid Certificate of Occupancy (if required by the City)
  • Business owner identification
  • Must be a small business documented at the time of application by having 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or less
  • Must have a brick and mortar location/physical location in Santa Ana
  • Must have been in operation at the current location as 2018 and provide documentation via one of the following:
  • Santa Ana Business License
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Commercial Lease Agreement
  • Business Tax Returns
  • Must document the loss in revenue through the complete annual IRS business income tax filings. IRS Business Tax filings must include the following forms:
    • For sole proprietors and single member LLC’s (IRS Form 1040 Schedule C)
    • For partnerships (IRS Form 1065)
    • For S-Corporations (IRS Form 1120-S)
    • For C-Corporations (IRS Form 1120)
    • LLCs should follow the instructions that apply to their tax filing status in the reference periods
  • A business cannot receive more in grant funding than the total revenue loss


 Buinesses approved for funding must provide the City the following prior to funding:

  • Unique Entity ID (UEI): Business must be registered and obtain a Unique Entity ID (UIE) through Visit the following link to register or look up the business UEI:
  • City Vendor Forms, IRS form W-9, and IRS  form 4506-C
  • ACH form for direct deposit of grant funds to a business account.

Ineligible Businesses:

The following types of businesses are not eligible for the program:

  • Businesses that have received City of Santa Ana business grant funding that exceeds the loss of revenue are not eligible
  • Businesses without a physical location in Santa Ana
  • Home based businesses
  • Independent contractors
  • Passive businesses and investment companies and investors who file a Schedule E on their personal tax returns
  • Businesses engaged in any activity that is illegal under federal, state, or local law
  • Businesses engaged in financial or lending activities, and leasing
  • Commercial or residential rental businesses
  • Businesses with active code enforcement violations
  • Businesses with 25 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Businesses with any owner of greater than 10% of the equity interest that meets either of the following:
    • The owner has, within the prior three years, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against the owner, or has had commenced any form of parole or probation, including probation before judgment, for commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a federal, state, or local public transaction or contract under a public transaction, violation of federal or state antitrust or procurement statutes or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, or receiving stolen property.
    • The owner is presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a federal, state, or local government entity, with commission of any of the offenses enumerated in clause above.
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