2020-21 TAEP Program Announcement

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Closed (33 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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The California Small Business Technical Assistance Expansion Program (SB TAEP) was created in 2018 to expand the services of federally-awarded small business technical assistance programs in California, administered by and primarily funded by federal agencies, that provide one-on-one confidential free or low-cost consulting and training to small businesses and entrepreneurs in CA. Gov. Code Section 12100-12100.69.



CalOSBA will prioritize funding for applications that best meet the factors listed in paragraph 1 (Government Code Section 12100-12100.69) and give preference to to applications that propose new or enhanced services to underserved small business owners, including women, people of color and veteran-owned businesses and businesses in low-wealth, rural and disaster-impacted communities included in a state or federal emergency declaration or proclamation.

Eligible consulting and training services covered by the Program’s grant funding include: business plans and strategy; capital readiness and fundraising; expansion and revenue growth strategies such as export training, government and private procurement, e-commerce marketplace development and other business development strategies; marketing; management; operations; financial management; cybersecurity; production/manufacturing assistance and increased productivity strategies; innovation and tech transfer;  business resilience such as emergency preparedness, disaster economic recovery, succession planning; among other areas.  Priority will be given to proposals that fill opportunity gaps for underserved small business owners to help them reach greater parity in revenue creation and job creation including capital readiness, export training and e-commerce, procurement, and other innovative programs that increase revenues and job creation to narrow the gap. Priority will also be given to business resilience programs for underserved small businesses which face increased challenges dealing with disaster recovery from natural, technological/cyber, health/disease, or human induced hazards. Business resilience may also include succession planning and exit strategies.


Approximately $17MM is available during the grant period, October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.


At the time of applying for funds, Centers must meet the requirements below.

Applicants must submit an active grant, cooperative agreement or contract with a federal funding partner to administer a federal small business technical assistance program in California OR a Letter of Intent/Announcement from a federal funding partner stating the Applicant will administer a federal small business technical assistance program in California no later than October 1, 2020. Applicants must have a fiscal agent that is able to receive nonfederal funds. Applicants must have a plan of action and commitment to fully drawn down all the federal funds in their primary agreement with a federal funding partner during the grant period using local cash match. Applicants must generate and provide documentation of the local cash match required by the federal funding partner. If the applicant is a new federal small business technical assistance center, the applicant must demonstrate the ability to fully draw down substantially all federal funds available to it.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business

Matching Funding Requirement:

SB TAEP funds shall not supplant a Center’s local cash match. However, funding from other state programs may be used as local cash match. 17

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
September 4, 2020
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
October 1, 2020 - September 31, 2021

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The Program was enacted in Government Code Section 12100-12100.69

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

CalOSBA will process grant payments quarterly on a cost-reimbursement basis. CalOSBA will issue payments within forty-five (45) calendar days of receiving a complete, valid and undisputed invoice with all required documentation and reporting requirements. CalOSBA will determine final funding amounts based on evaluation of scores and budget reasonableness as defined in Funding Categories.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-322-0578, sbtaep@gobiz.ca.gov