State Financial Relief Available for Business & Nonprofits, Federal Stimulus Approved

For Immediate Release

Applications for $500M in Funds from State of California Open Now at, Deadline January 8, 2021

December 30, 2020 – San Diego, CA – A new small business assistance program from the State of California started today, and in the New Year businesses will receive support from the Federal Government’s economic stimulus package. The San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation have partnered to make sure business owners and non-profit leaders can access the available resources. Today during the County of San Diego’s 2:30 p.m. COVID-19 Media Briefing details about the available funding will be discussed.      

“It’s been a very difficult year for the business community, particularly our small businesses; that is the reason we have worked hard to provide relief and help during this difficult time,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County’s COVID-19 subcomittee. I am excited to work with the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network and The San Diego Foundation again to deliver funding, information and technical support for businesses and nonprofits. The $500 million in grants from the State of California and the federal government’s renewal of PPP, and the roll out of grants for live venues will be vital to the recovery of San Diego County businesses in the New Year.”

“Our team of over 100 business advisors provided over 20,000 hours of one-on-one assistance in 2020 helping small business owners access disaster assistance and get through the pandemic,” said Daniel Fitzgerald, Regional Director, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network. “With the new state and federal programs, our team will be ready and available to help small businesses who continue to need our help.”

Governor Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month $500 million in grant funds for small businesses and nonprofits. Today businesses and nonprofits can sign-up to receive the funds by visiting The deadline to apply is January 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. This is not a first come first serve grant. All applications will start to be reviewed following the closure of the application period. These grants are to cover business expenses and specifically for small businesses hit by the pandemic.

The Federal Government also agreed on a new stimulus package, that includes new and renewed assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including:

“The new state and federal funding measures are an opportunity to bolster the nonprofit sector as it continues to provide much-needed relief for San Diegans impacted by COVID-19,” shared Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “We will educate and inform San Diego nonprofits about the SBDC services and training available to them to assist in application development so we can bring federal and state funds home to San Diego to help our community.”

About SBDC

The San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network hosted by Southwestern College is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). The SBDC provides free business advising in all realms of how to start, manage and grow a business, and most workshops or training are offered at no cost to small business owners to provide economic impact for our region. The regional SBDC network includes nine service partners in San Diego and Imperial counties. Services are provided in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic, Farsi, Swahili, Dari and others. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube to stay connected.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve quality of life in our region. For more than 45 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.3 billion to support nonprofit organizations and strengthen our San Diego community. Learn more at and consider a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, helping nonprofits and San Diegans affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Foundation also provides helpful COVID-19 resources to support nonprofit organizations through this public health and economic crisis.

About Supervisor Nathan Fletcher

Supervisor Fletcher’s new partnership with the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network is the latest in a series of steps he has taken during the coronavirus pandemic to make funding, along with support services available to owners of small businesses, nonprofits and their employees. The complete list of the nearly $150 million in funding, along with support services includes:


Daniel Fitzgerald, 760-455-9456,
James Canning, 619-372-7988,

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