Solano Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

New Applications Are Now Being Accepted

Grant Eligibility

You may qualify for a $2,500 grant if you meet ALL of the criteria, including:

  1. Located in Solano County
  2. In business since December 2019
  3. Made less than $50,000 in gross revenue in 2019
  4. Currently open and operating
  5. Have 0 to 5 full-time equivalent employees
  6. Did not receive a CA Relief Grant (through Lendistry)

See full eligibility criteria below

Program Summary

Información en español

To support small businesses and employers facing financial impacts and layoffs from the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Solano, in partnership with the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Solano County and the Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center, has established the Solano Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant initiative.

This program will provide microgrants to small businesses experiencing economic stresses through funding from the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

Solano County’s $450,000 funding from the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will allow the Workforce Development Board, on behalf of the County of Solano, to award approximately 180 business owners with $2,500 microgrants. 

Eligibility

Grants will be awarded based on eligibility guidelines established by the State of California.

For-profit microbusinesses are eligible for this grant if the business:

  • Is based in Solano County
  • Began operation prior to Dec. 31, 2019
  • Is currently active and operating or has a clear plan to reopen when the state permits reopening of the business
  • Was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Earned less than $50,000 in gross revenues in the 2019 taxable year
  • Has zero to five full-time equivalent employees
  • Had zero to five full-time equivalent employees in both the 2019 and 2020 taxable years
  • Did not receive a grant under the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (through Lendistry)
  • Was not specifically excluded from participation in the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
  • Can provide acceptable form of government-issued photo ID (state, domestic, or foreign) and documentation that includes the owner’s name per grant program guidelines
  • Owner must be the majority-owner and manager of the qualified microbusiness and this business must have been the owner’s primary means of income in the 2019 taxable year

Grant Details

The application window in Solano County re-opened in November of 2022 and will remain open until June of 2023 or until all grant funding is distributed. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Online applications are available in English, Spanish and Tagalog and can be accessed at solanonapasbdc.org.

Grants will be awarded based on eligibility.

All grant recipients must self-certify that grant funds will be used for one or more of the following permissible activities:

  • The purchase of a new certified equipment including, but not limited to, a cart
  • Investment in working capital
  • Application for, or renewal of, a local permit including, but not limited to, a permit to operate as a sidewalk vendor
  • Payment of business debt accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related health and safety restrictions, or business interruptions or closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to federal funding, selected employers must attest to Certifications and Assurances and complete the contract process before funds may be dispersed. Entities receiving an award may be subject to local or state monitoring.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

In English: Contact Brianna Boyd, marketing specialist for the Solano WDB and Solano-Napa SBDC, at bboyd@solanowdb.org or 707-646-1071

In Spanish: Contact the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 707-999-2966 or info@solanohcc.com