COVID-19 Small Biz Resiliency Grants

On August 17, the City Council authorized $250,000 of CARES Act funds available to the City to be used for grants of up to $10,000 for small businesses operating in the City of Pittsburg which have been impacted by COVID-19.

Application Window Now Closed

The application window has closed as of October 2, 2020.

On October 23, the City of Pittsburg, along with the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, held a lottery for all preliminarily eligible applications to determine award position and funding priority.

The Results of the lottery and award positions can be viewed here.

A minimum of 25 grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. City reserves the right to amend the number of awardees and award amount for any reason at any time. Final grant award may require additional documentation be provided to the City.

Help us help you! Please take our COVID Business impact survey to help us identify the needs of our businesses.

Eligibility Requirements

On August 17, 2020, the City Council adopted preliminary eligibility requirements for applications. View here.

To view a presentation made to the City Council regarding the grant program, please click here.

What are the next steps?

Following the close of the application period, the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce will screen the applications to ensure eligibility. If we have more than 25 qualifying applicants and/or the requested amount exceeds $250,000 a lottery will be held to select awardees. (Date TBD)

Awarded applications will be asked to submit documentation/certification to show they have:

  • Been operational for at least one (1) year as of date of application
  • Had between 2 and 50 employees on payroll (full or part-time) at the time the initial Contra Costa County Shelter-in-Place Order was issued on March 16.
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in revenues due to COVID-19 (March-Aug. 2019 vs. March-Aug. 2020)
  • Gross sales under $8 million over last 12 months.
  • Any other information required by the City to verify eligibility.
  • Past due rent and utility bills (no City bills or mortgage payments will be paid)

The Chamber will be producing some educational materials to help businesses put together the documentation needed. Stay tuned!

Awardees will sign and submit two (2) copies of the Participation Agreement (to follow).

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money can I ask for as part of my grant application?

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to qualifying small businesses; however, funds may only be used for qualifying expenses. Partial awards may be issued at the discretion of the City.

What is a “qualifying expense?”

Grant funds may only be used as general working capital for businesses that can be applied to rent and/or utilities

Do I have to show a reduction in revenue related to COVID-19 to qualify?

Yes. Businesses selected may be required to submit additional information providing proof of at least a 25% reduction in revenues due to COVID-19.

How will businesses be selected if more than 25 apply?

If more than 25 qualifying applications are received, or if the total award is less than the total requested by all qualifying applicants, qualifying applicants will be entered into a lottery.

I live in Pittsburg, but my business is in another city. Do I qualify for a grant?

No. Grants must be used to support a storefront located within the Pittsburg City Limits (e.g. a business with storefronts in Pittsburg and another city cannot use grant funds to pay rent or utilities in another city).

I have a business in Pittsburg and in another location in a different city. Can I use these grant funds to pay rent or utilities at my non-Pittsburg location?

No. Grants must be used to support a storefront located within the Pittsburg City Limits (e.g. a business with storefronts in Pittsburg and another city cannot use grant funds to pay rent or utilities in another city).

Can I use grant funds to pay my employees?

No. Grant funds may not be used to pay for payroll or other non-eligible expenses.

I am the only employee of the business. Do I qualify for a grant?

Not at this time. Businesses must have had between 2 and 50 employees on payroll (full or part-time) at the time the initial Contra Costa County Shelter-in-Place Order was issued on March 16 to qualify.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Jordan Davis, Assistant to the City Manager.

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