SBG

Program Overview

The City of Newport Beach Small Business Relief Grant Program will provide one-time funding to small businesses located within the city that need financial assistance to aid in their recovery from the temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Please carefully review the guidelines below as successful applicants must submit complete applications before the deadline; provide documentation that they meet the eligibility requirements, terms and conditions; explain how the grant monies would be used toward necessary COVID-19 related business expenses; and later provide documentation demonstrating that the grant funding was used toward those expenses.

The number of applications submitted exceeds the amount of funding that is available for disbursement, therefore our program administrator, the Orange County Small Business Development Center, hosted a lottery on Wednesday, June 24 at 11 a.m. to select the applicants moving forward in the grant funding process. The lottery was available for public viewing via a zoom livestream.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Small Business Relief Grant Program, a business must demonstrate the need for financial support due to the temporary loss of revenue resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Stay at Home order. An applicant will need to prove that their business has been affected by COVID-19 in one of the following ways:

  • The business was deemed non-essential and was forced to shut down by the state or local government;
  • Sales from the business are down more than 25 percent compared to the previous three months (Prior to February 15, 2020) or a comparable 3-month period in 2019;
  • The business has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full- or part-time employee); or
  • One or more of the employees in the business have contracted COVID-19, while at work.

Grant Amounts

Applicants are eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 according to the following:

  • Businesses with 5 or less employees are eligible for a grant up to $5,000.
  • Businesses with 6-10 employees are eligible for a grant up to $7,500.
  • Businesses with 11-30 employees are eligible for a grant up to $10,000.

Funding Priority

In an effort to provide assistance to businesses located in the City’s commercial and industrial areas, that provide services onsite, and that have been severely impacted by COVID-19, precedence will be given to:

  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Personal service establishments, specifically, hair salons and barber shops, nail salons, day spas, and small gyms / health clubs

Qualified applications from these three types of businesses will be given priority during the grant allocation process as follows:

  1. The business has NOT received any other federal assistance under the CARES Act programs such as an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  2. The business received an EIDL.
  3. The business received assistance under the PPP.
  4. The business received and EIDL and assistance under the PPP.

Any remaining grant monies will be allocated to any small business that meets the eligibility criteria, terms and conditions.

Eligible Activities

The grant may be used for working capital to cover the business’s day-to-day business operating expenses such as rent or lease payments, mortgage payments, utility bills, payroll, inventory, technology, marketing/communication, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations. Grant monies may also be used toward the cost of obtaining personal protective equipment for staff and customers as well as devices intended to enhance safety of staff and customers, such as hands-free payment devices, sanitation supplies and plexiglass partitions.

 Applicants will complete a use of funds form that will detail how the funds will be spent within their business.

  • Applicants must sign and verify that the use of funds will be spent on business expenses, such as those listed above.
  • Applicants will be required to provide documentation verifying that the grant funds were used toward credible business expenses related to COVID-19. Any use of funding other than that to support the business is strictly prohibited. The business must reimburse the program for any expenses found to be not in compliance with the program’s list of eligible activities.

Business expenses that have already been reimbursed through the federal government are not eligible for the Small Business Relief Grant Program.

Application Timeline

  • The program will be advertised and promoted from June 4 to June 16, 2020. 
  • Informational webinars were held on Tuesday, June 9 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, June 11 at 10 a.m.
  • The application period will be open from Friday, June 12 at 8 a.m. to Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications were accepted:
    • Online 
      • If you submitted your application online, the application went directly to the program administrator, the O.C. Small Business Development Center. 
    • Via email to economicdevelopment@newportbeachca.gov
      • If you submitted your application via email, the City sent a confirmation of submission and forwarded your application to the program administrator, the O.C. Small Business Development Center.
    • In-person at Newport Beach City Hall, City Manager’s Office, Bay 2E, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 92660.

Business owners were strongly encouraged to read the updated program guidelines and take care in completing the application as late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The program administrator, the Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC), has collected and is reviewing all applications to confirm they meet the program's eligibility requirements, terms and conditions.

UPDATE: The number of applications submitted exceeds the amount of funding that is available for disbursement, therefore our program administrator, the Orange County Small Business Development Center, held a lottery on Wednesday, June 24 at 11 a.m. to select the applicants moving forward in the grant funding process. The lottery was available for public viewing via a zoom livestream.

Additional Information

  • Program Flyer
  • Revised Program Guidelines (as of June 9, 2020), which include
    • Terms & Conditions
    • Documentation Requirements
    • Grant Award Process
    • Please note: Lottery was rescheduled to Wednesday, June 24 at 11 a.m.

 

 If you have questions about the Small Business 
Relief Grant Program, please contact:

For assistance in completing the grant application and/or to set up a one-on- one consultation (at no cost), please contact: 
 

City Manager’s Office
949-644-3001
economicdevelopment@newportbeachca.gov

 

Small Business Development Center
1-800-616-7232
midaniel@fullerton.edu

 

Informational Webinar Recording - June 9, 2020

Informational Webinar Recording - June 11, 2020