The following press release was issued by the Calaveras County Economic and Community Development Office.

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has extended the first round of Small Business Assistance Grant funding applications until January 13, 2021. This grant program does not require businesses to repay funds and is intended to help small businesses affected by COVID-19. Individual businesses can receive up to $ 25,000 in grants. Apply to

Here are some tips for applying for the Small Business Assistance Grant:

Use Google Chrome as an application computer browser

∙ Search for your business type according to the North American Industry Classification Code (NAICS) at

∙ Sole proprietorships and 501c and 501c6 non-profit organizations are eligible ∙ Partnership with state-supported small business centers that provide direct assistance from a local advisor

∙ Applicants must be in activity since June 1, 2019

Make sure uploaded documents are scanned and easy to read and don’t use photographs of mobile devices

∙ Business sectors most affected by COVID-related closures / changes (e.g. restaurants, fitness centers / gyms, personal care / barbers / salons, retail, etc.) will be prioritized

∙ Calaveras County businesses must indicate that they are in a rural geographic area ∙ Be sure to indicate if you are a woman-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned business

In addition, the Economic Impact Disaster Lending (EIDL) program which provides low-interest loans to businesses has been extended until December 31, 2021..

For more information, contact Kathy Gallino at 209-754-6742 or by email at [email protected]

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