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Business Assistance Grant 

Eligibility: Private for-profit businesses located within Riverside County that have experienced a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, businesses with less than 50 employees, and those operating for a minimum of one year as of March 1, 2020. Sole proprietors and businesses that received the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or advance are also eligible. This third round of the program has been expanded to include Paycheck Protection Program recipients 75k or less.

Important Dates: Program Available Through October 30, 2020

Description: Riverside County is offering a 3rd Round of 10k Small Business Grants, awarded on a first-come, first serve basis. The program was approved by the County of Riverside Board of Supervisors June 2 using $45 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) grant funding to aid small businesses enduring hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. For more information, visit https://rivcobcs.org/covidbizhelp call 951.955.0493 or email bizinfo@rivco.org.

Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail Program (TED)

Eligibility: For specific eligibility requirements, please call the City of Temecula at 951-694-6400 and ask to speak to the Planner of the Day

Important Dates: Application available now, program available until further notice

Description: To support businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19, the City of Temecula is offering temporary expansions to assist restaurants and retail establishments during these trying times. The Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail program (TED) consists of two opportunities for businesses to have additional flexibility: Temporary Use Permit (TUP) (COVID-19) - Private Property Temporary Expansion, and Special Event Permit (COVID-19) Public Right-of-Way Temporary Expansion for Old Town Temecula. Application and additional information can be found online at TemeculaCA.gov/TED

Debt Relief Program

Eligibility: Small businesses with current and new 7(a), 504, and microloans

Important Dates: Program Available Through September 27, 2020

Description: The Debt Relief Program is designed to provide economic relief for small businesses with existing and new 7(a), 504 and microloans. The assistance is provided through the Small Business Administration and existing lenders. The program includes the payment of principal, interest and fees for a six month period on loans issued before September 27, 2020. Current disaster loans may receive automatic deferment through December 31, 2020. Additional information about this relief and automatic deferment can be found online at sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-debt-relief

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Eligibility: Small business (less than 500 employees), sole proprietorships, independent contractors, self-employed persons, private nonprofit organizations, 501(c)(19) veterans organizations

Important Dates: Application Available Now, Program Available Through September 30, 2020

Description: The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is a loan up to $2 million with an advance of up to $10,000 designed to provide immediate relief to small businesses. This loan will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The loan advance does not have to be repaid. Funds will be made available through the Small Business Administration (SBA) following a successful application process. Additional information and the online application can be found online at sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance

California Competes Tax Credit 

Eligibility: Business of any industry, size, or statewide location 

Important Dates: Applications accepted during three periods of Fiscal Year 2019-2020: July 27 - August 17, 2020, January 4 - 25, 2021, and March 8 - 29, 2021

Description: The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that are expanding and adding full-time jobs in the state. Businesses of any industry, size, or statewide location may compete for over $180 million available tax credit by applying in one of the three application periods each year. Additional information is avaialble online through the Govenor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz) www.Business.ca.gov/California-competes-tax-credit/

Express Bridge Loan

Eligibility: Small businesses that have current relationships with SBA Express Lenders

Important Dates: Application Available Now, Pilot Program to Expire March 13, 2021

Description: The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program (EBL) is designed to provide economic support to small businesses who have an existing relationship with an SBA Express Lender. The loans provide help to overcome the temporary loss of revenue a business may be experiencing. The loan amount is up to $25,000. The loan can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while a business is waiting for a decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Additional information on this pilot program, including program guidelines, can be found online at sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans

Refundable Tax Credits

Eligibility: Businesses with fewer than 500 employees that are subject to Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and Expanded Family Leave Medical Act (FMLA) and certain self-employed individuals in similar circumstances     

Important Dates: Credits based on wages and leave paid April 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 

Description: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the "FFCRA") provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19. The FFCRA gives businesses funds to provide employees with paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19 and covers the costs by providing businesses with refundable tax credits. Additional information about eligibility, and how to claim these credits can be found online at irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs#specific

Employee Retention Credit

Eligibility: Employers and tax-exempt organizations operating in 2020 experiencing either suspension in operations or significant decline in gross receipts as defined 

Important Dates: Qualified wages paid after March 1, 2020 and before January 1, 2021   

Description: The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50 percent of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Eligible employers can get immediate access to the credit by reducing employment tax deposits they are otherwise required to make. If the employer’s employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, the employer may get an advance payment from the IRS. Additional information about eligibility and how to claim these credits can be found online at irs.gov/coronavirus/employee-retention-credit

Main Street Lending Program

Eligibility: Small and mid-size businesses employing 10,000 or less employees or with revenues less than $2.5 billion

Important Dates: Ongoing

DescriptionThe Federal Reserve is establishing a Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before COVID-19 pandemic. A reserve bank will set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to purchase 95 percent of loans originated by eligible lenders and lenders will retain 5 percent of the loans. Loans may be obtained through eligible lenders and will have a four-year maturity with a one-year principal and interest payment deferral. The Federal Reserve is currently working to create the program and additional information can be found online at federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/mainstreetlending.htm

Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Provides $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers.

Visit the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) website for California offices that can help with USDA assistance.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance includes Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance, now open to offering agricultural businesses low-interest, long-term loans, also available in Spanish.

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) offers financial and technical assistance for small business, labor and workforce support for business and employees, information about business tax extensions and more.

California State Treasurer offers small businesses contact information for federal, state and local program resources and tax relief.

California Infrastructure Economic Development Bank (IBank) offers a Small Business Disaster Relief Load Guarantee Program and other resources.