Chairman Cox urges biz owners to apply for County Small Business Stimulus Grant Program

The deadline is fast approaching for small business owners in District 1 who want to apply for County grants to help them survive the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

“We know a lot of small business owners are hurting and that’s why we want to make sure they are aware of and apply for the County’s Small Business Stimulus Grant program,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox.

The Board of Supervisors approved the program in July, using $17 million in federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund monies. Grants will be distributed to small businesses, including restaurants, small offices and contractor services, in each Supervisorial district. Applicants must submit their applications to the district in which their business is located.

Businesses in Supervisor Cox’s District 1, which includes South County and portions of San Diego, must submit their applications by the Aug. 14 deadline, as funding may be exhausted after that time.

To be eligible, businesses must have 100 or fewer employees, be headquartered in San Diego County, have at least a year of operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020, and have proven financial hardships due to COVID-19. Some required documents for the application include a business license, tax documents, and recent financial statements and payroll reports.

To apply, please go to www.sandiegocounty.gov/stimulusgrant. At the homepage, the five qualifying questions must be passed before the online application becomes available. For additional information, please contact Genevieve Fong on Chairman Cox’s staff at Genevieve.Fong@sdcounty.ca.gov or 619-531-5595.

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