OC Supervisor Andrew Do announces plan to provide $15 million to OC small businesses, nonprofits and

Orange County small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and cities will have access to $15 million in stimulus funds, under a stimulus plan authored by Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do.

Small businesses and nonprofits in Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster and Midway City will be able to apply for $10,000 each in economic support grant funding through the CARES Act Funding.

In total, $13 million in grant funding will be awarded by lottery to eligible small businesses and nonprofits, with an additional $2 million available to economic development expenses in designated business districts in Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Westminster.

“This plan ensures that stimulus funds quickly help everyone--not just the rich and well-connected,” Do said said. “Our goal is to help small businesses, self-employed, sole proprietors, family-owned restaurants, and gig economy workers to get back on their feet.”

On June 2, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a plan that allocated $75 million in CARES Act funding equally between the five county supervisorial districts for economic support initiatives in response to COVID-19.

Out of the $554 million that Orange County received through the CARES Act Funding, $453 was set aside for vital COVID-19 response functions. This includes COVID-19 testing, protective equipment, social programs, and other essential core functions.

With the remaining $101 million, $26 million was allocated to cover reimbursements for eligible city costs related to COVID-19, leaving the remaining $75 million to be allocated equally by each of the five supervisorial districts.

Businesses and nonprofits must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The business or nonprofit must submit an attestation stating that it is impacted by COVID-19, including with a reduction in business activity or temporary closure.

  • Home-based businesses are eligible for grant funding.

  • Businesses selling CBD or marijuana, gambling facilities, and strip clubs are not eligible.

  • Small businesses or nonprofits with up to 10 full-time equivalent employees.

  • Independent contractors are also eligible.

  • Businesses and nonprofits must provide documentation to establish proof of place of business in an eligible city.

For more information, contact Guadalupe Carrasco, communications coordinator, at guadalupe.carrasco@ocgov.com or call (714) 834-3110.

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