COVID-19 Business Community Resources

An Update from our President & CEO | COVID-19: Nonprofit Resources | COVID-19: Business Resources 


Santa Barbara County’s vibrant business community is vital to the strength of our community. The economic impact already felt by the entire business community, especially those who work in small business, tourism and hospitality does not go unnoticed.

Santa Barbara Foundation is listening and supporting the social sector through our many partnerships during this period of increased demand for services.

The Santa Barbara Foundation’s initial funding priorities are: individual financial need, meeting increased service demand in the social sector and operational and business continuity for organizations to carry out their ongoing missions.


We encourage all of our friends and neighbors to closely monitor updates and review important health and safety resources from the following government agencies:

Additional Resources by Region:



COVID-19 Business Community Resources 

Below are resources intended to provide businesses with additional information regarding assistance and news related to the developing needs of the business community. We will be updating this section as we become aware of additional opportunities for assistance.

COVID-19 Business Resource Guide for Businesses, Nonprofits, Self-Employed and Employees

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Loans/PPP

Local Banks Assisting with the Paycheck Protection Program:

California Rebuilding Fund

  • Description: a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state
  • Learn more and apply here.

Disaster Relief Loan Guarantees through IBank

  • Available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19.
  • To contact a participating lender, click here.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

National Council on Nonprofits:

Committee on Small Businesses: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, CARES Act for Small Businesses

SCORE: Coronavirus SBA Loans and CARES Act Assistance

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV): COVID-19 Message

Briefing on Emergency Coronavirus Funding for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19, Nonprofit Quarterly, Mar. 26, 2020

Analysis of the Families First Coronavirus Response ActCutting through the Jargon:  How the CARES Act Works for Nonprofits, Nonprofit Quarterly, Mar. 30, 2020

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act  (analysis of the new law before any rules or regulations).

Child Care Resources & Information for Employers: Santa Barbara County Emergency Child Care Initiative