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Berkeley Business Continuity Grants

The application period for the first round business continuity grants has closed. For questions about the second round, email oedmailbox@cityofberkeley.info or call (510) 981-7530.

The City of Berkeley has launched the Berkeley Business Continuity Grants, an emergency relief fund with an allocation of $1 million to help mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that Berkeley’s small businesses have suffered.

Through this program the City is making grants of up to $10,000 available to Berkeley-based small businesses and nonprofits to enable continuity through and/or beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline

Applications for the first round of grant funding will be accepted through Monday, April 6 at 5pm (PDT). Up to $1 million (the City’s committed funds) will be allocated in the first round. A second round will subsequently occur to allocate any leftover City funds as well as private philanthropic funds raised through the Berkeley Relief Fund.

Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions

  • An existing business or nonprofit organization located within City of Berkeley, with an active business license as of March 1, 2020
  • Minimum 1 employee, Maximum 50 employees
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in revenues due to COVID-19
  • Funds must be used to cover payroll, rent, or working capital for the business to cover operational expenses

To Apply

Complete the on-line application form. Applications will only be accepted through Submittable. See instructions on how to create a Submittable account.

The application was designed to take no more than one hour to complete. OED staff are available to provide technical assistance with the use of the Submittable platform.

Review Process

Staff will review and process applications as quickly as possible, and will notify applicants via e-mail within 10 business days of the end of the application period about the status of their application.

Questions

If you have additional questions about the relief fund or the application process, contact OED staff at oedmailbox@cityofberkeley.info or call (510) 981-7530.

Other City of Berkeley Relief Funds

Information on the other two City of Berkeley emergency relief grant programs may be found at:

Last updated May 13, 2020


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