Microbusinesses in Sacramento can apply for these relief grants starting April 1

Microbusinesses located in the county and city of Sacramento that have been adversely affected by the pandemic can apply to receive relief grants of $2,500 starting Friday, April 1.

The new Microbusiness Grant Program is funded by the State of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) and administered by Sacramento County. The microbusiness grants do not need to be repaid, and the application period will be open until April 29.

“The pandemic has been especially hard on our small business community, in particular, our minority-owned businesses,” said Troy Givans, director of Sacramento County Office of Economic Development. “The County is excited to partner with CalOSBA to offer another resource to help the microbusinesses access funding to recover.”

Sacramento County has more than 52,000 business establishments, according to the County’s Office of Economic Development. Of those businesses, the microbusiness sector makes up approximately 67 percent countywide.

“Thank you to the State and County for providing this opportunity to our local microbusinesses,” said Assistant City Manager Michael Jasso. “This program will be complementary with the work the City continues to implement through the Neighborhood Development Action Team to support local businesses and neighborhood commercial corridors, and our work to provide small business support in partnership with the Sacramento Inclusive Economic Development Collaborative.”

Examples of microbusinesses include hair and make-up stylists, interior design professionals, graphic designers, caterers, photographers and event planners. To be eligible, applicants also need to have experienced a 10 percent or greater reduction in revenue in the 2019 to 2020 tax years.

A complete list of grant eligibility requirements is available on the Sac4Micro website.