I’m worried about my business income

With event cancellations, reduced foot traffic, self-quarantining and work from home policies, we know that COVID-19 is affecting business revenue.


 On November 30, 2020, Governor Newsom and the State Legislature announced the allocation of $500 million to the Program to be administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (the “Program”) provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.

ROUND 1 – Update January 14, 2021

  • Application Opens December 30, 2020 at 6:00 AM PST
  • Application Closes January 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST
  • Start of Approval Notifications January 15, 2021 


  • Application Opens: February 2, 2021
  • Application Closes: February 8, 2021
  • Selection Notifications:  February 11 – 18, 2021

Learn more and apply at CAReliefGrant.com

San Joaquin County SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS – DUE January 31, 2021

  • Grants are for qualified small businesses in San Joaquin County that have incurred financial harm due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis so long as funding is available or until January 31, 2021, whichever occurs earlier.
  • In contrast to prior grant programs, applicants meeting other eligibility requirements may receive up to $25,000 without having to document the number of their employees. Payroll costs are no longer reimbursable.
  • Grants are limited to expenditures for rent/lease, mortgage, utilities, or personal protective equipment (PPE). Utilities include electricity, natural gas, propane, water, sewer, garbage, internet and phone. In addition, unpaid past due rent/lease, mortgage payments, or utility payments, in specified circumstances, may now be funded by the grant.

Learn more and apply here 


On September 2nd, the City of Stockton announced a Notice of Available Funding. The COVID-19 Community Support Fund is designed to assist in the relief of costs directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to Community Support; Housing, Homeless and Shelter Programs and Services; and Distance Learning and Educational Support.

• Community-Based and Business-Oriented Non-Profit Organizations
• Non-profit Housing Developers
• Faith Based Organizations (non-secular or religious activities are ineligible for funding)

Program information detailed in the NOFA. Apply here before September 23, 2020. 

Black-owned businesses in Stockton 

To access our list of black-owned businesses in Stockton, click here

Apply for the San Joaquin County Small Business Assistance Grant Program

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on San Joaquin County small businesses and their employees, the County of San Joaquin has created a Small Business Assistance Grant Program.

The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses located in the boundaries of San Joaquin County, in both the unincorporated and incorporated portions of the County, to address unfunded expenses resulting from impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses realized.

June 1, Stockton small businesses can apply to the Grant Program. To learn more about eligibility and apply for your grant, visit www.sjgov.org/covid19/grants!


SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program reopened to all eligible non-profits and small businesses

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

Small businesses can apply to the Paycheck Protection Program

  • The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits.
  • Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.

How to Apply 

  • New applications are accepted until June 30th. Find more information here

Apply for the Save Small Business Fund

The US Chamber of Commerce is introducing a Small Business Fund that offers a grant of $5,000 to qualifying businesses. The qualifying criteria are:
  • Employ between 3 and 20 people
  • Be located in an economically vulnerable community
  • Having been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
We have checked and all of San Joaquin County is considered an economically vulnerable community.
The application period has begun: https://savesmallbusiness.com/

Sign up to be included on the Stockton Essential Services Map

If you are business that wants to let the community know you are still open, add your business to the Stockton Essential Services Map. Stockton residents can use the interactive map to find out which locations are still open and accessible. Please pass along to your business or resident contacts as a resource.

The following business types can sign up to be included on the map:

  • Automotive
  • Bakery
  • Bank
  • Brewery/Wine
  • Business Resource
  • Daycare
  • Farm Products
  • Grocery Store
  • Hardware Store
  • Other
  • Pet Store
  • Pharmacy
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Social Services

Local food providers can register with Great Plates Delivered to get business

If you are a local food provider that needs business and wants to help vulnerable communities access food, register for Great Plates Delivered at covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors or contact the Ciy of Stockton at 209-937-8785. for more info.

Support from the State of California

The Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact may be eligible for the following support:

  • Work Sharing Program for Reduced Work Hours
  • Rapid Response Services for Businesses planning a closure or major layoff
  • Tax Assistance

More information via the CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency

Local San Joaquin Valley Support

In response to COVID-19, San Joaquin Valley Worknet has extended their WorkNet Jobseeker and Employer Services online. Small business owners, employers, and jobseekers can find service information at the link provided below.

Additional COVID-19 Resources »

Marketing Assistance from Visit Stockton

Restaurants: On March 16, Visit Stockton launched Dine Stockton in order to support local restaurant employees and their families. The intention was to keep those individuals on the job and be a resource for the community as they searched for delivery and take-out options across the city. The information is continually collected and updated (daily) and features a growing number of restaurants, some of which are offering curb-side pick-up during these difficult times. Marketing dollars are being put behind this promotion in order to send traffic to these restaurants. Participation is open to all restaurants within Stockton free of charge.

More information at DineStockton.com


Businesses of all types: On May 22, Visit Stockton launched the Stockton Healthy Pledge program. This free promotional program is a creation of the Stockton Business Recovery Coalition. Businesses take a pledge to keep their employees and customers safe by following certain recommendations and guidelines. Following sign-up, businesses are given free tools to promote their participation, including window clings, door signs, buttons, social media graphics, and more. This is a free and easy way to promote the health and safety protocols to potential customers in an effort to increase traffic and sales.

More information at StocktonHealthyPledge.com

Businesses of all types:  The Stockton Savings Pass is a free mobile coupon book featuring deals and discounts to businesses throughout the city. This free advertising opportunity for businesses allows them to market directly to pass holders. Pass holders can choose from one-time and repeating deals from their favorite places so they can support local and save some money in the process.

Find more information at StocktonSavingsPass.com