August 26, 2022 – Chula Vista, CA – Small businesses and nonprofits in Chula Vista can apply for COVID-19 relief funds from the City of Chula Vista and San Diego Foundation beginning Monday, Aug. 29.

The City, San Diego Foundation, and the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network have partnered to open the City of Chula Vista Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund as well as offer resources to help business owners and nonprofit leaders access the funds.

“This is the second grant program the City has launched since the start of the pandemic to help our small businesses recover from the economic impacts they continue to face,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “I encourage our Chula Vista small businesses, home-based businesses and nonprofits to apply.”

Program details include:

  • Application window: Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. through Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.
  • Eligible small businesses can receive up to $10,000 and eligible non-profits can receive up to $100,000.
  • The grants are not first-come, first-served; applicants should focus on accuracy and completeness over submitting early.
  • Small businesses must be located in the City of Chula Vista. If a nonprofit, must be located in or serve the City of Chula Vista.
  • Small businesses must have been in business prior to April 1, 2020.
  • Applicants can be self-employed workers, independent contractors, sole proprietors, home-based businesses, and corporations with no more than 100 employees.
  • To be eligible, small businesses must have net profits under $150,000 or gross revenue under $250,000 (as reported for 2019).
  • Multi-lingual assistance is available to help those interested in applying.

“Our partnership with the City of Chula Vista is closely connected to key initiatives in the San Diego Foundation Strategic Plan that is focused on realizing our vision for just, equitable and resilient communities,” said Mark Stuart, President and CEO, San Diego Foundation. “This relief fund for Chula Vista’s small business and nonprofit organizations is a great example of how that vision is realized – by doing important work with our partners throughout the region.”

“These partnerships which bring communities and funding together to help our local economies are crucial to building neighborhood resilience with a pandemic,” said Daniel Fitzgerald, regional director of the SBDC Network. “Our team effort won’t cease, and we’re here to help anyone who needs it for free. We encourage Chula Vista entrepreneurs and nonprofits to apply for this opportunity.”

Visit for more information about the COVID-19 relief funds including the timeline, required documents to apply, details on eligibility and ineligibility, as well as priority areas, and getting help — from resources such as office hours and on-demand training to scheduling your free SBDC appointment for assistance.

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