Small Business Emergency Grant Program Phase II

The City of Tustin has partnered with the Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OCIE SBDC) to develop the Small Business Emergency Grant Program Phase II to provide vital economic support to small businesses needing assistance in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Small businesses with 25 or less full-time equivalent employees, may be eligible to receive a working capital grant of up to $10,000.  Home-based businesses may be eligible to receive a grant of up to $2,500. 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 $1,000,000 of these funds for this second phase of the program.


The business grant application will be available online only at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, and closes promptly at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

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grant guidelines

For specific information about grant criteria and eligibility requirements, click here.


If you were unable to attend the introductory webinar session on Monday, July 27 a recording is now available.

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  • The business must be a for-profit business and physically located in Tustin. Businesses not located within a commercial or industrial space (e.g. home-based businesses.) will be limited to no more than twenty percent (20%) of grant recipients and a maximum grant amount of two thousand, five hundred dollars ($2,500);
  • Residential or real estate projects including short-term rental operators are not eligible;
  • The business must have an active Tustin business license for a minimum of six (6) months;
  • As of July 28, 2020, the business must have had any combination of a total of twenty-five (25) or fewer full or full-time equivalent employees (two part-time employees equal one full-time employee), including the owner;
  • The business must be in good standing with the City (current on bills, no liens or judgements, etc.), unless directly correlated to COVID-19 impacts;
  • The business must certify that it did not receive funding from the previous Tustin Small Business Emergency Grant program;
  • The business must disclose whether or not it has received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  If the business has received PPP or EIDL funds, it is still eligible to receive City grant funds; however, priority will be given to applicants that have not received funding through these programs;
  • The business must submit the application and all required supporting documentation; and
  • The business applicant must provide proof of financial hardship causing business interruption due to COVID-19 in one of the following ways:
  1. The business has been deemed non-essential and has been forced to shut down by the state or local government;
  2. Revenues from the business are down more than 25% for the quarter ending June 30, 2020, compared to a prior comparable quarter;
  3. The business has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full- or part-time employee) since March 1, 2020;
  4. One or more of the employees in the business have contracted COVID-19, while at work.

informational Webinar

The City of Tustin and the OCIE SBDC will conduct one webinar, prior to the opening of the applications for the Small Business Emergency Grant Program Phase II and will outline the program, the application, and additional documents needed to respond. The webinar will be conducted in English and Spanish assistance will be available.

If you were unable to attend the introductory webinar session on Monday, July 27 a recording is now available

How to Apply

The business grant guidelines are available now for review and can be downloaded by clicking here.  

The business grant application will be available online only at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Applicants may apply for the grant program online by accessing the application portal.


Opens Tuesday, July 28 at 9:00 am - Closes Tuesday, August 4 at 5:00 pm

Applications must be submitted online and will be accepted from Tuesday, July 28 to Tuesday, August 4. The application period will close promptly at 5 pm on August 4.  


The City of Tustin is expecting Phase II of the Small Business Grant Program to have an overwhelming number of applications. If the number of applications far exceeds the amount of funding that is available for disbursement, the City will implement a lottery system for all eligible small businesses.  Once applications and eligibility have been approved, they will be assigned a number and entered into a lottery.  Potential grant recipients will be contacted by email, phone and/or letter starting August 11, 2020.

Contact Information 

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

City of Tustin
Economic Development Department

300 Centennial Way
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 573- 3117

For questions about the guidelines and application or assistance in completing the application and to set up a one-on-one consultation (at no cost), please contact the OCIE SBDC 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