San Diego has opened applications for emergency relief grants to assist small businesses and nonprofits affected by the Jan. 22 flooding and subsequent storms. The Business Emergency Response & Resilience Grant will provide financial assistance of up to $5,000 for qualifying businesses and nonprofits located within the city’s federally designated Promise Zone and Low-Moderate Income Census tract areas.
The program has a budget of $370,000 through San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program, with the goal of assisting as many as 100 businesses and nonprofits. Mayor Todd Gloria emphasized the importance of supporting neighborhood businesses as a key part of the community’s recovery. He encouraged business owners to start preparing to apply for the grants.
To qualify for the grant, business owners need to demonstrate that they were impacted by the storm and have a current Business Tax Certificate on file with the city. Additionally, the grants are only available for businesses with 12 or fewer employees. This financial assistance is part of the city’s efforts to ease the burden on residents and small businesses affected by the natural disaster and to help them get back on their feet.