San Diego’s small businesses and nonprofits are being offered emergency relief grants in the form of the Business Emergency Response & Resilience Grant. This grant will provide financial assistance to up to 100 eligible businesses and nonprofits, with each receiving up to $2,500 or up to $5,000 for those located in designated Promise Zone and Low-Moderate Income Census tract areas. The grant is aimed at helping ease the financial burden on businesses that were impacted by recent flooding and storms.
The available funding can be used for eligible expenses such as supplies and labor for storm cleanup, repairs and equipment replacement not covered by insurance, employee wages, and insurance deductibles. The program’s funding comes from a budget of $370,000 through San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program.
To receive the grant, business owners must demonstrate that they were affected by the storm and have a current Business Tax Certificate on file with the city. Only businesses with 12 or fewer employees are eligible for the grant. Mayor Todd Gloria emphasized the importance of getting neighborhood businesses back up and running for the community’s recovery from the devastation caused by natural disasters. He urged business owners to start preparing to apply for the grant as soon as possible in order to receive funds quickly.