Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Definitions

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Program Definitions

Definitions that pertain to this Program:

  1. “Underserved small business groups” means women, minorities (people of color), veteran-owned business where the majority (at least 51%) of the business is owned and run on a daily basis by said group(s), and businesses in low-to moderate income (LMI) and rural communities.
  2. “Minority/Person of Color-Owned Small Business” means the following racial or ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian, Native American or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; or LatinX/Hispanic.
  3. “Rural areas” means all territory, populations, and housing units that are located outside of urban areas (50,000 or more people) and urban clusters (at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people). Urban areas and clusters are determined by population density and size available per the most recently updated data available from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates thirty days prior to the first day of the applicable application period.
  4. “Disaster Impacted “means all territories included in a state or federal emergency declaration or proclamation.
  5. “Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI)” means any census tract (or equivalent geographic area defined by the Bureau of the Census) in which at least 50% of households have an income less than 60 percent of the Area Median Gross Income (AMGI), or which has a poverty rate of at least 25%.
  6. “Veteran” means the individual served on active duty with the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard for any length of time and didn’t receive dishonorable discharge or served as a Reservist of member of the National Guard and were called to federal activity duty or disabled from a disease or injury that started or got worst in the line of duty or while in training status.
  7. “Veteran-Owned Small Business” means a small business that is 51% or more owned and controlled by an individual or individuals in one or more of the following groups: Veterans (other than dishonorably discharged); Service-Disable Veterans; Active Duty Military service member participating in the military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP); Reservists and National Guard members; or Current spouse of any Veteran, Active Duty service member, or any Reservist or National Guard member; or widowed spouse of a service member who died while in service or of a service-connected disability
  8. “Qualified microbusiness” means an entity that meets and self-certifies, under penalty of perjury, all of the following criteria:
  9. The microbusiness began its operation prior to December 31, 2019.
  10. The microbusiness is currently active and operating or has a clear plan to reopen when the state permits reopening of the business.
  11. The microbusiness was significantly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
  12. The microbusiness had less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) in revenues in the 2019 taxable year.
  13. The microbusiness currently has fewer than five full-time equivalent employees and had fewer than five full-time equivalent employees in the 2019 and 2020 taxable years.
  14. The microbusiness is not a business excluded from participation in the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, as specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (f) Government Code Section 12100.82.
  15. “Qualified microbusiness owner” means an individual that meets and self-certifies, under penalty of perjury, all of the following criteria:
  16. The microbusiness owner is the majority-owner and manager of the qualified microbusiness.
  17. The microbusiness owner’s primary means of income in the 2019 taxable year was the qualified microbusiness.
  18. The microbusiness owner did not receive a grant under the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.
  19. The microbusiness owner can demonstrate their eligibility as a “qualified microbusiness owner” by providing the fiscal agent with a government issued photo identification (state, domestic, or foreign), and documentation that includes the owner’s name and may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • A local business permit or license.
  • A bank statement.
  • A tax return.
  • Additional documentation to verify a microbusiness is a “qualified microbusiness”, as deemed appropriate by the fiscal agent.