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 Volume 12, Issue 55  |  July 10, 2020

Applications for Fifth District Small Business Grant Relief Program will be accepted through June 28

Fifth District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett has launched the Fifth District Small Business Grant Relief Program. The program is designed to support and sustain small businesses and nonprofit organizations within the Fifth District that have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. 

Applications will be accepted now through Sunday, June 28 at 5 p.m.

“Orange County’s economic comeback has officially begun,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. “So many small businesses have sacrificed to help our community slow the spread of the coronavirus, and their efforts paid off. Now, we are going to do everything we can to help them come back stronger than ever.” 

Supervisor Bartlett has partnered with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Cal State Fullerton to assist with the administration of robust, debt-free access to funding for businesses with no more than 25 full-time, or full-time equivalent, employees. Eligible businesses can receive up to $10,000 in grant relief. 

Funds will be allocated based on the applicant’s proof of need due to COVID-19 impacts. Businesses and nonprofits that received federal and state disaster funding may apply, however, funding must be used on alternative eligible expenses. Independent contractors and sole proprietors are eligible. Proof of operations within the district for the past 12 months is required. A selection of eligible grantees will be chosen at random, based on the population share of each city and the unincorporated areas within the district. 

Supervisor Bartlett anticipates randomized selection of eligible applicants July 2, with grants awarded shortly thereafter.

For additional information, requirements, guidelines, and the application, visit


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