In the aftermath of recent flooding and storms, the city of San Diego is providing financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits through an emergency relief grant program. The Business Emergency Response & Resilience Grant will provide up to $5,000 in financial assistance to eligible businesses and nonprofits located in designated Promise Zone and Low-Moderate Income Census tract areas.
The available grant funds can be used for expenses such as supplies and labor for storm cleanup, repairs and equipment replacement not covered by insurance, employee wages, and insurance deductibles. Mayor Todd Gloria emphasized the importance of getting neighborhood businesses back up and running for the community’s recovery from the devastation.
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, and the city is urging owners to start preparing to apply in order to receive funds as quickly as possible.