Grantmaking Entity for CA Microbusiness Grant Program

Portal ID:
7108
Status:
Active
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

The MBCRG Program provides grant funding to administer to administer grants to microbusinesses. Open only to eligible grantmaking entities defined as a county government (Round 1). The intent of the funding is for the awarded grantmaking entities to provide relief to the microbusinesses and entrepreneurs.

THIS IS NOT A GRANT FOR MICROBUSINESSES AT THIS TIME. ONLY COUNTY GOVERNMENTS PROPOSING TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM ARE ELIGIBLE ROUND 1

Description:

The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (MBCRG) was created in 2021 to assist qualified microbusinesses that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in California. Existing law (Government Code Section 12100.83) requires CalOSBA to make grants to assist qualified small businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with specified criteria, including geographic distribution based on COVID-19 restrictions and industry sectors most impacted by the pandemic, among other things. The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program was enacted by Senate Bill No. 151 (Government Code 12100.90). The new funds will be expressly for microbusinesses and administered by the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) through county agencies and coalitions of nonprofit organizations (“grantmaking entity/ies”) that will disperse the funds to microbusinesses and entrepreneurs in the state. CalOSBA within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is charged with administering and providing oversight for the Program.

The MBCRG Program provides approximately fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) in one-time grant funding to administer a Request for Proposal (RFP) for eligible grantmaking entities defined as a county government or consortium of nonprofit, community-based organizations. The intent of the funding is to provide relief to the hardest to reach microbusinesses and entrepreneurs. The grantmaking entities will develop and implement an outreach and marketing plan to identify and engage eligible microbusinesses that face systemic barriers to access capital, including but not limited to, businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, individuals without documentation, individuals with limited English proficiency, and business owners located in low-wealth and rural, communities. The Program will award funds to eligible grantmaking entities to distribute grants to eligible microbusinesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the associated health and safety restrictions. The program was authorized with a single round of funding ending on December 31, 2022 (repeal date).

ONLY COUNTY GOVERNMENTS PROPOSING TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM ARE ELIGIBLE ROUND 1.

The deadline to apply for Round 1 is Tuesday November 30 2021 by 5:00PM

Please see the request for proposals for additional information: https://cdn.calosba.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021-22-MBCRG-Program-Announcement-FINAL.pdf

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

The purpose of this announcement is to solicit applications from California’s 58 county governments as eligible grantmaking entities to administer a grant program for their county and distribute $2,500 grants to eligible microbusinesses impacted by COVID-19 and related health and safety restrictions. Round 1 is open only to California county governments. 

Eligible Geographies:

California 

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
12/22/2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
December 31, 2022

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$50,000,000
Expected number of awards 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.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award 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.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
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:

Government Code 12100.90 requires CalOSBA to administer a Request for Proposal (RFP) for eligible grantmaking entities defined as a county, nonprofit or consortium of nonprofit community-based organizations to administer the Program in all 58 California counties.

Funding Method: 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)

Funding Method Notes:

Following execution of the agreement, the grantmaking entity will receive an upfront payment for the total amount to disburse through grants to eligible micro businesses as well as a portion of administrative costs as outlined in the final agreement. Any remaining administrative costs will be processed with a final payment to be held until all disbursements have been made and final reports have been submitted and approved.

How to Apply

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

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Jean Coleman, 1-916-719-2212, osba@gobiz.ca.gov