Small Business Recovery Grant Program

As part of the Tustin Cares program, the City of Tustin has created a Tustin Small Business Recovery Grant Program (Program) in partnership with the Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OCIE SBDC).  The City is allocating up to two million dollars ($2,000,000) for the Program, which will provide grants to 200 small businesses needing financial assistance in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Small businesses with a minimum of one (1) employee – not including the owner, and a maximum of twenty-five (25) employees (full or full-time equivalent combination) may be eligible to receive a working capital grant of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The grant may be used for working capital to cover the day-to-day business operating expenses such as rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, payroll and benefit costs, utility expenses, inventory, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.  All eligible businesses are invited to apply.

The City’s Economic Development Department will be responsible for oversight of the Tustin Small Business Recovery Grant Program and disbursement of funds will take place through the City’s Finance Department.  OCIE SBDC will be responsible for program administration, marketing, application processing, underwriting and for review and approval of financial and business documentation for disbursement approval.  City staff is obligated to fulfill the terms and conditions of the funds as established by the City Council, the Tustin Small Business Recovery Grant Program Guidelines, and Federal, State, and local rules and regulations.

GRANT APPLICATION

THE APPLICATION PERIOD HAS CLOSED.

(NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED)

GRANT GUIDELINES

The Tustin Small Business Recovery Grant guidelines are available for review and can be downloaded by clicking here.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Tustin Small Business Recovery Grant Program, a business must meet certain criteria that has been established by the City of Tustin and the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Treasury for utilizing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The business must also demonstrate the need for financial support resulting from the temporary loss of revenue due to the impact of COVID-19. 

General Terms and Conditions 

The business applicant must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for grant funding: 

  • The business must be a for-profit business and physically located in Tustin;
  • The business must be located in a commercial or industrial space;
  • Residential or real estate projects including short-term rental operators are not eligible;
  • The business must have an active Tustin business license since January 1, 2019;
  • As of July 1, 2021, the business must have at least one employee – not including the owner- and no more than twenty-five (25) full-time equivalent employees (two part-time employees equal one full-time employee);
  • The business must be in good standing with the City (current on bills, no liens or judgments, etc.), unless directly correlated to COVID-19 impacts;
  • The business must submit the application and all required supporting documentation;
  • The business applicant must be able to document that it experienced financial hardship causing business interruption due to COVID-19. For example, total revenue from the 2020 calendar year was down in comparison to revenue from the 2019 calendar year; and
  • The amount requested ($10,000) cannot exceed the amount of lost revenue.

* City employees and elected and appointed officials are not eligible to participate in this program.

How to Apply

The Tustin Small Business Recovery Grant Program guidelines are available for review and can be downloaded by clicking here.  

The business recovery grant application will be available online only at 9:00 am on Monday, August 23, 2021. Applicants may apply for the grant program online by accessing the application portal.

GRANT APPLICATION

THE APPLICATION PERIOD HAS CLOSED. 

(NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED)

Applications must be submitted online and will be accepted from Monday, August 23 to Friday, September 3. The application period will close promptly at 5:00 pm on September 3.  

Lottery

The City of Tustin is expecting the Tustin Small Business Recovery 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. The first 100 businesses selected will be notified by email, phone and/or letter beginning September 10, 2021 and will then be asked to submit all required business and financial documentation for review and verification. The second 100 businesses selected will be notified beginning October 1, 2021.

Contact Information 

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

City of Tustin
Economic Development Department

300 Centennial Way
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 573- 3117
TustinEconDevDept@tustinca.org

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
Small Business Development Center - CSUF
15375 Barranca Parkway, Suite A111
Irvine, CA 92618
(657) 256-3874 office
Manal.Richa@ociesbdc.com