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Posted on: May 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Temecula approves Half Million in Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants

Revive_Coronavirus Update may 25 2020

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, during a City Council Budget Meeting, the Temecula City Council approved a half million dollars in aid for Temecula Small Business. The program, branded as, “Temecula Assist”, is a Small Business Emergency Relief Grant designated for Temecula business owners coping with the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Temecula Assist (TA) provides direct relief to business owners in an effort to energize Temecula’s local economic backbone, which are small businesses.

TA is comprised of 2 tracks:

1.  Rent Recovery and Job Retention Track: 

  • $10,000 max grant per business
  • Funds to be used for rent, mortgage, payroll
  • Focuses on low/moderate income jobs
  • Has a two year monitoring period
  • Program is funded with $329,000 of Federal dollars (Community Development Block Grant)
  • Has a two year monitoring period
  • Expenses must be COVID-19 related


2.  Business Improvement Track: 

  • $5,000 max grant per business
  • Funds to be used to retool and/or update a business to coincide with new health related requirements. Examples include expanding outdoor patios, assistance with permit fees, improve e-commerce capabilities, install sneeze guards, etc.
  • Program is funded with $171,000 of City General Fund dollars
  • Has a six month monitoring period
  • Expenses must be COVID-19 related

Application and Selection Process: 

Applications and additional program details will be available on the City’s website TemeculaCA.gov/TemeculaAssist starting Tuesday, May 26, 2010 through June 9, 2020. Once the application period closes, applicants will be selected from a lottery process and will then be deemed eligible. Applicants are only able to apply for one grant. Grant funds will be dispersed immediately after completing the underwriting process. Grantees have 6 months to show eligible expenses incurred after June 9, 2020.

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