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Elisabeth Handler, Public Information Officer, Office of Economic Development and Cultural Affairs (OEDCA)

San Jose Small Business Grant Program Extended Through June 30, 2022
Program to reduce unpaid rent, prevent evictions

SAN JOSE, CA. (May 31, 2022) – The City of San José Office of Economic Development and Cultural Affairs has announced the extension of the application period until 5 p.m. on June 30, 2022 for its Small Business Grant Program. This program is designed to help small businesses with unpaid rent, as well as support local landlords.

The grants are administered by the City’s local partner, Enterprise Foundation-Access/SBDC ( The grants are for businesses with annual revenues of less than $3 million during one of the pandemic years – 2020 or 2021. Grant information, screening forms and applications are available in multiple languages ​​on the AccessSBDC website: https://www.accesssbdc. org/sjrr22/.

“Since the start of the pandemic, closures have deeply hurt small businesses. As the City struggles to find ways to ease the economic strain of the pandemic, I am grateful that we can leverage ARPA funds to help the backbone of our community find its place again,” said said Mayor Sam Liccardo.

The City of San Jose approved a $2.7 million budget funded by the U.S. Federal Bailout Act to be used for business grants of $5,000, $10,000, and $15,000, depending on annual business income. It is estimated that approximately 300 grants will be awarded.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to our business owners!” said Nanci Klein, Director of Economic Development and Cultural Affairs. “We have ensured that grant documents are available in multiple languages ​​and we provide in-person support for applications.”

Who can apply?

For-profit businesses, corporations, or businesses (used interchangeably), including sole proprietors and one-person businesses, can apply, as can those undergoing bankruptcy proceedings under the chapter 11. Subsidies will be paid directly to the landlord to whom the arrears of rent are due.

Eligibility criteria

  • Proof of unpaid rent debt from March 24, 2020 to August 19, 2021.
  • The physical business address must be in San Jose.
  • Annual gross receipts must be less than $3 million in 2020 or 2021.
  • The business must have 10 or fewer full-time employees, including the business owner (companies may include part-time employees in their full-time equivalent count, 2 half-time employees = 1 full-time employee). full-time).
  • Businesses must be active and intend to continue in business.
  • Businesses must have been in business before March 24, 2020.

Application process

To apply, business owners are asked to complete a screening document to ensure their eligibility. Eligible applicants will then complete an application online or at the Access SBC offices at 1887 Monterey Road, 2nd Floor, San Jose, California, 95112. The screening document and application form are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese, and multilingual support is available at the Monterey Road office. After June 30, 2022, all applications received will be subject to a random drawing until all funds have been accounted for.

About the City of San José
With over one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse major cities in the United States and is the largest city in Northern California and the 10th largest city in the country. San José’s transformation into a global center of innovation has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the city adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets out a vision and comprehensive roadmap to guide the city’s planned growth through 2040.

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