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Sept 15 Deadline for $15,000 CARES Small Business & Nonprofit Grants

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

Small Business, Nonprofit COVID Grants Available

Did you miss out on PPP and EIDL funds? Does your business have no more than 25 full-time employee equivalents? Were you in business for one year as of March 2020? The Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program has announced the availability of COVID-19 relief funds for local small businesses, non-profits responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and community partners. Applications are accepted through September 15, 2020, so apply now! Three grant opportunities: Small Business Assistance Grants To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses and employees, the program has committed up to $15,000 per eligible small business in one-time funds, up to a total of $1 million for the program. Health Equity Partnership Grants Non-profits responding to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for immediate financial assistance to reimburse related expenses. Priority recipients will be organizations serving individuals most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on ensuring those most at risk for poor health outcomes have equitable access to resources, services and information. A total of $500,000 available. Community Partner Capacity Grants $500,000 in one-time grants to community partners to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Priority recipients will be agencies providing safety net and cultural services currently funded by the County. The majority of grants are dedicated to programs receiving Collective of Results and Evidence (CORE) Investments funding in FY 2019-20. Remaining grant funds are dedicated to community partners providing Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services (POSCS) funded programs. For more information, including eligibility requirements and more, please visit

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