In the aftermath of the recent flooding and storms, the city of San Diego is offering emergency relief grants to small businesses and nonprofits. The Business Emergency Response & Resilience Grant will provide financial assistance to up to 100 businesses and nonprofits affected by the natural disaster. The funding for the program comes from a budget of $370,000 through San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program.
Mayor Todd Gloria emphasized the importance of getting neighborhood businesses back up and running for the community’s recovery from the devastation. To access the funding, business owners will need to demonstrate that they were impacted by the storm and have a current Business Tax Certificate on file with the city. Only businesses with 12 or fewer employees are eligible for the grant.
The available grant funds can be used for eligible expenses such as supplies and labor for storm cleanup, repairs and equipment replacement not covered by insurance, employee wages, and insurance deductibles. This financial assistance is intended to help ease the burden on businesses and nonprofits that were affected by the natural disaster, and the city is urging owners to start preparing to apply in order to receive funds as quickly as possible.