County of Riverside to offer $2,500 microbusiness grants

A total of $2.8 million will distributed to 1,120 microbusinesses in Riverside County as part of a new grant offered by the Riverside County Office of Economic Development. The Riverside County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will provide $2,500 grants to businesses and entrepreneurs with four employees or fewer and made less than $50,000 in revenue.

Applications for the Riverside County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program are now being accepted at rivcobizhelp.org. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying microbusinesses. Applicants will be notified within 14 business days from point of application submittal as to approval status. Awardees will receive funding once the County of Riverside receives funding from the California Office of the Small Business Advocate which is expected in April 2022.

Businesses must meet the following:

Be located within Riverside County

Fewer than five employees

In operation since Dec. 31, 2019

Business must be the source of primary income in 2019

Less than $50,000 in revenues in 2019

Haven’t previously received a small business relief grant from the State of California

“The health of our Riverside County businesses is extremely important as we continue to navigate our current economic challenges. These county dollars will go a long way to help some of our most impacted micro businesses who need that extra layer of support,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Jeff Hewitt, Fifth District Supervisor. “I look forward to the success of the Riverside County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.”

The funds are to help microbusinesses respond to the negative impacts of the pandemic. The grant can be used for payroll, employee retention, working capital, purchasing personal protective equipment, rent or mortgage and vendor invoices.

For more information on the Riverside County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program please visit rivcobizhelp.org, or contact us at mailto:bizinfo@rivco.org or (951) 955-0493. Funding for the microbusiness grant is from the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.

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