This Friday, June 26, 2020, the City’s Office of Economic Development will launch the new Micro-Business Relief Grant program, providing $5,000 grants to qualified businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Local businesses interested in applying for the Micro-Business grant, and other business relief grants, are encouraged to register online at ggcity.org/biz-webinars for free instructional ZOOM webinars conducted in English (8:00 a.m.), Vietnamese (9:00 a.m.), Korean (10:00 a.m.), and Spanish (11:00 a.m.), on June 26. To complete an online application for the Micro-Business Relief Grant, go to ggcity.org/businesses.
“While it's a relief for several of our small businesses to re-open, the financial toll from COVID-19 is the harsh reality many are facing. It's a priority for Garden Grove to provide our small businesses with the re-building blocks needed to bring them back to health and keep them moving forward, sooner than later,” said Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones.
The City’s Micro-Business Relief Grant provides $5,000 grants to existing Garden Grove-licensed businesses with at least six months of operating history and ten or less full-time equivalent employees, and can document financial impact as a direct result of COVID-19. Grant-awarded businesses can apply the $5,000 funding towards rent or innovation activity or equipment for their business.
Funding for the program comes from a $15 million business stimulus plan authored by Orange County 1st District Supervisor Andrew Do.
In addition to the Micro-Business Relief Grant, the City is also offering the Jobs 1st programs, providing eligible businesses affected by COVID-19 with up to $25,000 grants and $50,000 zero-interest loans associated with job retention and creation; and the Accessible Eateries Program, which allows restaurants to create temporary outdoor dining areas along adjacent sidewalks or parking spaces, in keeping with state and county health and safety guidelines.
Garden Grove businesses can also apply for the $10,000 CARES Act Business Relief Grant, allocated through the County of Orange by 1st District Supervisor Andrew Do, and administered by Managed Career Solutions (MCS). The online application process for this program also begins on Friday, June 26.
For more information and online application forms for all business assistance programs, as well as additional business resources, visit ggcity.org/businesses, or call (714) 741-5130.