Santa Clara County received a $2.4 million grant from the state this week to support local small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds, which the county Board of Supervisors voted to accept this week, will enable the county to provide $2,500 grants to roughly 875 businesses that had fewer than five employees in both 2019 and 2020 as well as less than $50,000 in total revenue in 2019.
The grant came from the state’s Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, a $50 million package of one-time grant funding for businesses like sidewalk vendors and independent contractors.
“We hope every small business that is eligible has the opportunity to apply for the funds,” the county’s Chief Operating Officer Miguel Marquez said in a statement.
The county plans to partner with community groups to identify businesses that would be eligible for a grant. An application process will be made available in the coming weeks, according to county officials.