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Small Business Grants

In order to support small business employers facing financial impacts and potential layoffs from the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Monterey County Workforce Development Board has established the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Fund. The fund will provide grants to small employers experiencing economic stresses in order to prevent potential layoffs or facility closures during COVID-19.

Monterey County Workforce Development Board has designated $47,000 of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Rapid Response Layoff Aversion Funds to this project, with an additional round of funding after July 1, 2020.


Eligible applicants include businesses or industry associations that:

 Have a business location in Monterey County (NOTE: funds may only be utilized for Monterey County locations)

 Have 50 employees or less

 Are up-to-date on Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes and are in good standing with the state of California, to be submitted via attestation on the grant application

 Can demonstrate a need to prevent layoffs which would occur due to the impacts of COVID-19

Funding Availability

  Businesses with 1-25 employees are eligible for total grant funding of $1,500

  Businesses with 26-50 employees are eligible for total grant funding of $2,500

Use of Funds

Employers must utilize the funds to create solutions that mitigate layoffs. Requests must be reasonable, necessary, and directly related to preventing potential layoffs or facility closures as a result of COVID-19 and must have taken place during COVID-19 State required business closures through the end of the grant period, which is two months after the awarding of funding. All applications will be reviewed by Monterey County Workforce Development Board staff.

Examples of permissible use of funds include, but are not limited to:

  Purchasing remote access equipment or software that allows employees to work from home rather than being laid off (e.g. computers, printers, telephones, headsets, video conferencing software, etc.);

  Purchasing cleaning/sanitation supplies and/or services that will allow exposure reduction as business begins to implement a re-opening plan; and

  Other creative approaches and strategies to reduce or eliminate the need for layoffs.

Funds may not be used to pay for employee wages or benefits, nor for support services for employees such as childcare, transportation costs, lodging expenses, or meals.

Grant Requirements

The COVID-19 Fund was created from federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. As a result, selected employers must attest to the Certifications and Assurances and complete the contract process before funds are expended. Funds will be reimbursed after expenditures are made. Businesses will be required to submit brief performance reports and proof of expenses before reimbursements are issued. Performance reports will include number of jobs saved, estimated amount of annual wages saved, and project-specific measures and results.

Disclaimer: Entities receiving an award may be subject to local, state, or federal monitoring.

  Fund recipients must retain a folder of receipts, copies of invoices, grant application, budget for grant, and grant submission paperwork for at least three years beyond the term of the grant period.

  Only one award per business may be made.

  A small budget is required as part of the application. Attached is an application template to start your application for submission.

  All applications and budget are to be submitted via email to the following address: or in-person at 344 Salinas Street Suite 101, Salinas, CA 93901.

What To Expect If You Are Funded

  An award letter and contract template will be sent to you via the email address you provided on the application;

  A phone call will be scheduled with Monterey County Workforce Development Board (WDB) staff to ensure questions are answered;

  Upon contract execution, the awarded business will submit invoices and/or receipts for purchases made no later than two months after the awarding of funds, along with the specific invoice and/or receipts and narrative forms for the grant;

  The Workforce Development Board staff will mail a check for reimbursement of funds to you within three weeks after receiving receipts and completed invoice and narrative forms from the business. The staff will work with you to ensure forms are completed in their entirety;

  Upon expending the grant in full, the WDB will send a letter to you documenting the closing of the grant for your records;

  Monterey County WDB will follow up to ensure that funding documentation is maintained at your business. Documentation to be maintained will be outlined in the contractual agreement.

What You Need To Complete Your Application

  Total number of employees (in the company as a whole and at the specific location the application is for);

  The total number of part-time employees (in the company as a whole and at the specific location the application is for);

  The legal structure of the business (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, S corporation, limited liability corporation);

  Number of employees whose jobs are affected by COVID-19;

  What funding will be used for and how the funding will allow for employees to maintain their jobs;

  Number of jobs that will be saved if funding is distributed;

  Specific items requested with estimated costs.

Small Business Grants Guidelines and Application

Questions? Contact Us!

Employers: (844) 932-4249

Job Seekers: (866) 666-9332

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