Join us for information and to get help with your application:
North County / Santa Maria
Thursday, May 25 / 10 am – 12 noon
Santa Barbara Foundation
2625 S. Miller St.
South County / Santa Barbara
Thursday, May 25 / 4 – 6 pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
653 Paseo Nuevo (upstairs, across from Center Stage Theater)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
If you cannot attend, please
Call: (805) 880-9352
Text “Grant” to (724) 860-8686
We are here to help you complete your application and receive your grant!
Introduction and Program Overview
The County of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation, launched the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (MBCRG) to assist microbusinesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the associated health and safety restrictions. This program consists of microbusiness assistance grants and eligible microbusinesses may apply for up to $2,500.00 in grant funding.
This opportunity is made possible through the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (MBCRG) was created in 2021 to assist qualified microbusinesses that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in California. The California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program was enacted by Senate Bill No. 151(Government Code 12100.90).
The intent of the funding is to provide relief to the hardest to reach microbusinesses and entrepreneurs. To facilitate meaningful access to program participation, we will prioritize outreach and marketing efforts to identify and engage eligible microbusinesses that face systemic barriers to access capital, including but not limited to, businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, individuals without documentation, individuals with limited English proficiency, and business owners located in low wealth and rural, communities.
Applications will be available as early as March 7, 2022, at the Santa Barbara Foundation South County and North County offices and online through the grant portal. Funding is limited, and applications will be reviewed and processed as received in a completed form, and processed on a first-come, first-served basis, except that, it is the County’s desire to ensure assistance is provided in a cross-geographic manner. Santa Barbara Foundation will track assistance provided per Supervisorial District or other geographic locations, as approved by the County.
The MBCRG program will allocate funds throughout the county to ensure equitable distribution of funding.
Complete applications may be submitted to the Santa Barbara Foundation via online portal or via mail to (or as otherwise directed by Santa Barbara Foundation to ensure both electronic and non-electronic means and to ensure reasonable accommodations):
Santa Barbara Foundation Santa Barbara Foundation
South County Office North County Office
1111 Chapala Street, No. 200 2625 South Miller Street, Suite 101
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Santa Maria, CA 93455
Submission of an application does not guarantee a grant award. As noted, applications will be reviewed for completeness before being accepted, and compliance with program requirements.
A microbusiness must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to receive a COVID-19 Relief grant:
Microbusiness owner who is a recipient of a grant pursuant to this Program will be required to self-certify that grant funds will be used for one or more of the following eligible uses:
Funds cannot be used to cover the same expenses for the same period that the PPP/EIDL funds covered.
The following business types are not eligible for assistance:
Applicants will be required to complete an initial application and provide copies of the following documents: