California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program – Round 8 Nonprofit and Cultural Institutions

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The Arts and Cultural Program will support California eligible nonprofit cultural institutions defined as registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities that satisfy the criteria for a qualified small business, but with no limitation on annual gross revenue. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

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Dates to apply: Friday, August 27th EXTENDED through Thursday, September 30th.   


The program is not on a “first come, first served” basis.  Round 8 application period: Friday, August 27th EXTENDED through Thursday, September 30th.  Partners will provide technical assistance to nonprofits (to include translation/interpretation services) during application preparation and online submission.  Once applications are received, Lendistry will process for eligibility. Once rounds close, grant awards will be distributed based on the program priority factors, including the COVID health and safety restrictions following California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, local county status and the new Regional Stay At Home Order which can be found at:  Lendistry will distribute grants on behalf of the State of California to approved small businesses and nonprofits.  See for more information and application instructions. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

Please find detail about eligibility and requirements at and

Eligible Geographies:

Eligible businesses and nonprofits must have a physical address and operate in California. Please see for additional eligibility information.

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.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

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:

Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the largest economic recovery package in state history. Read about the announcement and new rounds HERE and go to for more information.

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Lendistry, 1-866-759-5320,