In the aftermath of the recent flooding and storms, San Diego is offering emergency relief grants to small businesses and nonprofits in need. The Business Emergency Response & Resilience Grant provides financial assistance to up to 100 eligible businesses and nonprofits, with each receiving up to $2,500 or $5,000 for those located in designated Promise Zone and Low-Moderate Income Census tract areas.
Mayor Todd Gloria stressed the importance of getting neighborhood businesses back up and running for the community’s recovery from the devastation. The available grant funds 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 funding for this program comes from a budget of $370,000 through San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program. To access the funding, business owners will need to demonstrate that they were impacted 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.
The grants are intended to help ease the financial burden on businesses and nonprofits that were affected by the natural disaster. The city is urging owners to start preparing to apply in order to receive funds as quickly as possible. By getting their businesses back on track, these organizations can play an important role in San Diego’s recovery from this devastating event.