Santa Clara County to Expand Program Offering $2,500 Grants to Ultra-Small Businesses Impacted by Pandemic

Microbusinesses Started During COVID Pandemic Now Eligible

SAN JOSE – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors today approved an expansion of the Microbusiness Grant Program to allow ultra-small businesses, such as manicurists or street food vendors, that started during the COVID-19 pandemic to be eligible for grants of up to $2,500.

The existing state Microbusiness Grant Program is only open to businesses that were started on or before December 31, 2019. Eligible businesses must have five or fewer employees and total business revenue of $50,000 or less.

“Unfortunately, individuals who were laid-off or otherwise displaced from their jobs during the pandemic and then became entrepreneurs and created very small businesses to provide for their families are ineligible for the current state program,” said Supervisor Cindy Chavez, who introduced the proposal. “For many microbusiness owners the $2,500 grant could be the difference between staying open and being forced to close their doors.”

In Santa Clara County, many of these microbusiness owners are from underrepresented groups including women, immigrants, and non-English speakers. The nonprofit Enterprise Foundation will distribute the grants in partnership with community-based organizations.

On March 8, County staff will return to the Board with specific program expansion options for their consideration.

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For Immediate Release
February 8, 2022
Contact: Beth Willon – (408) 660-5174
Communications Director for Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez

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