COVID-19 Business Community Resources

An Update from our President & CEO | COVID-19: Nonprofit Resources | COVID-19: Business Resources 

 

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Santa Barbara County’s vibrant business community is vital to the strength of our community. The economic impact already felt by the entire business community, especially those who work in small business, tourism and hospitality does not go unnoticed.

Santa Barbara Foundation is listening and supporting the social sector through our many partnerships during this period of increased demand for services.

The Santa Barbara Foundation’s initial funding priorities are: individual financial need, meeting increased service demand in the social sector and operational and business continuity for organizations to carry out their ongoing missions.


We encourage all of our friends and neighbors to closely monitor updates and review important health and safety resources from the following government agencies:

Additional Resources by Region:

 


Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program (North County)

The Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program provides microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance for the County of Santa Barbara. Currently, grants are available only for businesses located in Santa Maria, Orcutt, Lompoc and Cuyama. Eligible microenterprise businesses may apply for up to $10,000, while eligible small businesses may apply for up to $25,000.

  • Application Deadline: August 31, 2021
  • Award Date: On a rolling basis
  • Contact: Andi Garcia

Additional Information: Before accessing the grants portal and registering your business to receive access to the application, please complete the eligibility checklist.

Applications WILL NOT be accepted by email or fax. Applications will be time & date stamped and reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis. If interest persists and funds are still available, the Santa Barbara Foundation may extend the application period.

Applicants may be required to submit additional documentation or detail. Applicants will have two weeks to submit additional materials, as requested by the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Please contact the Santa Barbara Foundation at 805-963-1873, for questions. Applications can be submitted via the Santa Barbara Foundation’s grants portal, printing and mailing or hand-delivering applications in a sealed envelope to the Santa Barbara Foundation at 1111 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, Ca, 93101 during regular hours of operation of Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.


CLOSED: Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund Grant Program

The Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund grant program will provide relief for small, independently-owned, dine-in restaurants during the ongoing pandemic. Small businesses in the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley (including Los Alamos) are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000.

  • Application Deadline: February 22, 2021
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

 

CLOSED: Santa Barbara Better Together Fund Small Business Grant Program

The Santa Barbara Better Together Fund (SBBT) was set up at the Santa Barbara Foundation as a committee advised fund in March of 2020 with an initial $500,000 donation from Deckers Brands. The fund helps local businesses survive these uncertain times which in turn will help sustain our community. View grant opportunities below.

The City of Santa Maria and Santa Barbara Foundation partnership will support grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund to small businesses located within the City of Santa Maria as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19.

  • Application Deadline: December 16, 2020
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

The County of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Foundation partnership will support grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund to small businesses located within the unincorporated portions of Santa Barbara County as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19.

  • Application Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

The City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Foundation partnership will support grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund to small businesses located within the City of Santa Barbara as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19.

  • Application Deadline: October 21, 2020
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

The Santa Barbara Better Together Fund (SBBT) at the Santa Barbara Foundation, in partnership with the City of Goleta, and Deckers Brands, is providing grants for Goleta’s small businesses.

  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2021
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

COVID-19 Business Community Resources 

Below are resources intended to provide businesses with additional information regarding assistance and news related to the developing needs of the business community. We will be updating this section as we become aware of additional opportunities for assistance.

COVID-19 Business Resource Guide for Businesses, Nonprofits, Self-Employed and Employees

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Loans/PPP

Local Banks Assisting with the Paycheck Protection Program:

California Rebuilding Fund

  • Description: a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state
  • Learn more and apply here.

Disaster Relief Loan Guarantees through IBank

  • Available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19.
  • To contact a participating lender, click here.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

National Council on Nonprofits:

Committee on Small Businesses: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, CARES Act for Small Businesses

SCORE: Coronavirus SBA Loans and CARES Act Assistance

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV): COVID-19 Message

Briefing on Emergency Coronavirus Funding for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19, Nonprofit Quarterly, Mar. 26, 2020

Analysis of the Families First Coronavirus Response ActCutting through the Jargon:  How the CARES Act Works for Nonprofits, Nonprofit Quarterly, Mar. 30, 2020

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act  (analysis of the new law before any rules or regulations).

Child Care Resources & Information for Employers: Santa Barbara County Emergency Child Care Initiative