To help restore our economy and support the small business owners who are the lifeblood of communities across the
state — and who have been hit particularly hard in the pandemic — the California Office of the Small Business Advocate
is administering new relief grants to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Governor Newsom and the Legislature recently announced the $500M California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant
Program, which provides relief grants for eligible small businesses and nonprofits. These funds do not need to be repaid
and can be used to cover a wide range of expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic.

Lendistry will be distributing these grants, which range from $5,000 to $25,000, and will be working with its mission-
based lending partners across the state to support the applicants for these grants.

The first round of applications will launch at 6:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, December 30th . The application period for this
phase will close on Friday, January 8th at 11:59 p.m. PT. Any applicants not awarded in Round 1, but eligible, will be
automatically considered for the second round.

You can learn more about the program at Eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by
COVID-19 are encouraged to apply.

Applying is quick and easy — applicants just need a few key documents about their business, and partner organizations
are available across the state to help small business owners and nonprofits apply, answer any questions, get in-language
services, and help applicants compile the necessary materials. Partners are listed on the website and can be searched by county and language.

FMBCC is partnering with Lendistry connecting small businesses to this fantastic opportunity and providing technical
assistance to small business owners in California. Click on this link and you will be directed to the application page to
start the process available on December 30, 2020. (

Applications will be evaluated based on eligibility and pre-determined COVID-19 impact factors will be incorporated into
the program’s priority criteria.


The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce is a locally-based membership organization with a global reach advancing the interests of the greater African-American business community.


1444 Fulton Street

Ste. 206

 Fresno, CA 93721


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