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New COVID Relief Program for Small Businesses in Alameda County

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District 5 Supervisor Keith Carson

To date, Alameda County has committed over $100 million into its health care services to address the public health crisis caused by COVID-19. In an effort to go beyond its statutory responsibilities, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors redirected $5 million in CARES Act funds to establish the Alameda County CARES grant program – launched this week – to aid small businesses in response to the economic, health, and safety impacts of the pandemic.

The deadline to apply for the Alameda County CARES grant is Nov. 30, 2020 at 11:30 p.m.

The program, administered by East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA), prioritizes grants for small, local, and emerging businesses within incorporated Alameda County. Grants are intended to assist businesses facing revenue losses and ongoing expenses for business impacts occurring between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020.

“COVID has been devastating to so many sectors of our economy – particularly small businesses, which are the backbone of a thriving local community,” said District 5 Supervisor Keith Carson, who also serves as chairman of East Bay EDA. “It is my hope that these grants will provide at least some relief to help our Alameda County businesses weather the storm a bit longer as we await a comprehensive national economic recovery plan from the incoming administration.”

Eligible businesses can receive a one-time grant of $5,000. The grant does not require a matching contribution from the applicant and will not require repayment. Funds are limited and not everyone who applies is guaranteed to receive funding.

“Starting in April, using CARES Act funding, Alameda County began providing housing to 1,300 previously unhoused individuals through Project Roomkey, distributing stipends to self-isolating COVID-positive residents, we adopted a strong eviction moratorium, and made significant investments in a robust testing, tracing, and support network. The Board is committed to doing everything we can with our limited resources to address the impacts of the COVID crisis in our county,” a Board statement read.

Full details about the grant and the application can be found by visiting https://eastbayeda.org/grants/.

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