Small Business Emergency Grant Program

The City of Tustin has partnered with the Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OCIE SBDC) to develop a Small Business Emergency Grant Program to provide vital economic support to small businesses needing assistance in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Small businesses negatively affected by COVID-19, with 20 or less employees, may be eligible to receive a working capital grant of up to $10,000.  The grant may be used for business operating expenses such as rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utility expenses, inventory, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.

Funding for the program is provided by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act received through a Disbursement Agreement from the County of Orange to the City of Tustin.  The City will release $750,000 of these funds for this initial program.

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LOTTERY

If the number of qualified applications received exceeds the funding available then applicants will be submitted into a lottery. Grant recipients will be contacted by email, phone and/or letter starting June 26, 2020.

Verification and Eligibility Determination

Upon pre-approval and selection, the applicant will be required to submit all documentation to OCIE SBDC by Thursday, July 2, 2020 for grant approval.

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If the number of qualified applications received exceeds the funding available then applicants will be submitted into a lottery. Grant recipients will be contacted by email, phone and/or letter starting June 26, 2020.

Verification and eligibility determination

Upon pre-approval and selection, the applicant will be required to submit all documentation to OCIE SBDC by Thursday, July 2, 2020 for grant approval.

Grant Disbursement

As each business recipient submits a complete set of required documentation, it will be reviewed and verified, and funds will be disbursed to the individual business. Fifty percent (50%) of the eligible grant funds will be disbursed to the applicant immediately upon approval. The remaining fifty percent (50%) of eligible grant funds will be disbursed when the business becomes fully operational, but no earlier than 4 weeks from the initial disbursement. Applicants must also submit documentation supporting that the initial grant funds were used to pay for rent/lease, mortgage payment, utilities, accounts payable, inventory, PPE or working capital (can be no more than 25% of the total).

Post Grant Follow Up

The OCIE SBDC will continue to work one-on-one with each grantee, throughout the next 12 months. All awardees will be required to update the City on their business and if additional employees have been hired or employees retained. A six-month and twelve-month report will be created by the OCIE SBDC and the City of Tustin, to document the success of the program.

Program Complaint and Appeal Process

Complaints concerning the Small Business Emergency Grant Program should be made to the City of Tustin Economic Development Department. If unresolved in this manner, the complaint or appeal shall be made in writing and filed with the City Manager’s Office.

Contact Information 

For additional information regarding the Small Business Emergency Grant Program, please contact the following:

City of Tustin Economic Development Department at (714) 573-3117 or by email at econdev@tustinca.org

For questions about the guidelines and application or assistance in completing the Small Business Emergency Grant  Program application and to set up a one-on-one consultation (at no cost), please contact the OCIE Small Business Development Center at:

Manal Richa, Director
CSUF North Orange County
Small Business Development Center
800 N. State College Blvd. SGMH 4157
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-1801 office
Manal.Richa@ociesbdc.com