CA Offers New COVID Relief Grants

The State of California is offering $500 million in new relief grants to help small businesses and nonprofits, including farms, impacted by COVID-19. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 per business and can be used to cover a wide range of expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic. Grants do not need to be repaid.

Who can apply?

Eligible businesses: Small businesses (sole proprietors, independent contractors, 1099 workers, and or registered “for-profit” business entities (e.g., C-corporation, S-corporation, limited liability company, partnership) that has yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less (but at least $1,000 in yearly gross revenue) based on the most recently filed tax return). 

Eligible nonprofits: Small nonprofits (registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) nonprofit entities having yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less (but at least $1,000 in yearly gross revenue) based on most recently filed Form 990) 

Other requirements: Businesses and nonprofits who apply must currently be operating or have a clear plan to re-open once the State of California permits re-opening of the business. They must have been operating since at least June 1, 2019. Businesses started after that date are not eligible to apply.

How much grant money can I apply for?

Grant awards range from $5,000 to $25,000, based on annual revenue as documented in your most recent tax return. 

If your revenue was $1,000-$100,000, you can apply for up to $5,000.
If your revenue was $100,001-$1,000,000, you can apply for up to $15,000.
If your revenue was $1,000,001-$2,500,000, you can apply for up to $25,000

When can I apply?

The first round of applications is open now and will close on Wednesday, January 13th at 11:59 p.m. PT. Applications are NOT taken on a first-come, first-served basis so you can apply any time before the deadline. Note: Any applicants not awarded in Round 1, but eligible, will be automatically considered for the second round. The dates for the second round have not been announced yet.

How are applicants selected? 

Eligible businesses will then be scored based on COVID-19 impact factors such as: 

  • Geographic distribution based on COVID-19 health and safety restrictions 
  • Industry sectors most impacted by the pandemic 
  • Underserved small business groups (i.e., businesses majority owned and run on a daily basis by women, minorities/persons of color, veterans and businesses located in low-to-moderate income and rural communities)

What documents will I need?

  1. Application Certification (complete and sign the provided self-certification form)
  2. Tax Return (2019 or 2018, whichever is your most recent, all pages, in PDF format)
  3. Business Licence (including a copy of official filing with the California Secretary of State, Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Organization, Fictitious Name of Registration or Government-Issued Business License)
  4. Government-Issued Photo ID (driver’s license, REAL ID, state ID, or passport)

Where can I apply?

All applications are going to Lendistry, a third-party organization who is the sole distributor of the grant funds. Lendistry is not taking applications directly. You can apply through an approved partner organization. CAFF is part of a group of approved partners who have teamed up with Kitchen Table Advisors to provide application support. You are free to apply through any approved partner; however, by using the application link below, we can provide you with support during and after your application process. 

Apply through Kitchen Table Advisors/CAFF at 


Where can I get help with my application?

  • See FAQs and download the application guide at
  • Attend “How to Apply for the CA Relief Grant” webinar hosted by CAFF and California Farm Link (via Zoom) on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 6 pm. Register here
  •  Call 530-756-8518 for individual assistance during business hours (M-F 8-5)