FAQ Topic: Small Business Incentive Program


Business will sign the following certifications in the application: • I certify that I have the authority to apply for this grant on behalf of the business described herein. • I certify that my business is for-profit and has 5 or fewer employees including all owners (full-time equivalent). I do not operate as an independent … Continued

Unique Entity ID Number (UEI)

Businesses must register and obtain a Unique Entity ID Number (UEI) issued by SAM.gov. Obtaining a number for your business is FREE and is a two-step process: (1) Sign up and select the option to Get A Unique Entity ID Only: https://sam.gov/content/entity-registration (2) Return to SAM.gov after approximately 5 business days to complete the last … Continued

Business Consultation/Technical Assistance

An intent of the program is to connect new businesses to available resources and guidance that will help as businesses establish themselves in Santa Ana. Businesses are required to to schedule and complete a FREE business consultation with the OCIE SBDC. Schedule a free consultation appointment by email at: roger.lloyd@ociesbdc.org Email subject line: Business Consultation … Continued

Disbursement of Funds

Small business awardees will receive the approved funding in one disbursement via an Electronic Funds Transfer or Automated Clearing House (EFT or ACH)

Grant Application Submittal & Assistance

Applications are submitted through a link to an online portal (Neighborly) provided by the Economic Development Division. The link to the application can also be accessed from the Economic Development Small Business Incentive Program Grant webpage. The application period will remain open and until grant funding has exhausted. Fully completed applications will be reviewed on … Continued

Grant Administration & Application Process

The City of Santa Ana’s Economic Development Division will administer the grant program which consists of receiving, reviewing, approving grant applications, and issuing approved grant funding. During this period applicants are encouraged to ask questions and seek assistance from program staff by contacting Gabriela Cramer for an appointment at 714-647-5385 or by email at gcramer@santa-ana.org … Continued

Grant Application Period & First Come, First Served Basis:

The Small Business Incentive Program grant application will remain open until funds have exhausted. Completed applications will be reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds have exhausted. Applications with missing, invalid or expired requirements will be deemed incomplete and will lose priority placement until the remaining requirements are received.

Required Documents with the Application Submission:

• Copy of valid and active of Santa Ana Business License • Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit issued by the City of Santa Ana • Business Owner’s State Identification Card or Driver’s License • No active code enforcement violations (verified by staff) • Most recent IRS Form 1040 U.S. Individual Tax Returns, for … Continued

Eligible Business Expenses & Reimbursement

This grant is issued as a reimbursement for business expenses. Copies of invoices, bills, and receipts of the business expenses, are required and must be submitted with corresponding verification of payment in the form of canceled checks, bank statements, and credit card statements are required. All expenditures must be reasonable, allowable, and necessary for the … Continued

Summary of Eligibility Requirements

Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements: • Located in Santa Ana and in operation for no more than 3 years from the date of the application • Must be a Microenterprise – a for-profit business with 5 or fewer employees (including all owners) • Valid and Active Santa Ana Business License • Valid Certificate … Continued

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