Supervisor Fletcher Expands Small Business Stimulus Grant to Businesses Impacted By Stay-At-Home Order
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher once again took action to financially support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Supervisor Fletcher today passed a policy to make the $20 million Small Business Stimulus Grant program he co-wrote available to all businesses impacted by the Regional Stay At Home Order.
“I understand the impact the regional stay-at-home order is having on all business owners, and expanding this economic stimulus program will provide bridge funding to support them and their workers while the restrictions to slow the spread are in place,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee.
Supervisor Fletcher today also voted against Desmond’s failed, last-minute proposal to encourage San Diegans to defy the State Stay-At-Home Order restrictions.
“Our energy should be focused on fighting COVID-19 and not the Governor or State of California. As a lawmaker, it is irresponsible to encourage our residents to not abide by the stay-at-home order, that’s why I voted against Supervisor Desmond’s proposal,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “We can advocate for change or provide collaborative input but it is wrong to defy the law. Our energy should be focused on fighting COVID-19.”
Small Business Stimulus Grant Application
Details for applying to the Small Business Stimulus Grant program are available at: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/stimulusgrant.html
Supervisor Fletcher’s Record Supporting Business
Supervisor Fletcher’s action today is the latest in a series of steps he has taken during the coronavirus pandemic to make nearly $150 million in 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, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has made available to owners of small businesses, nonprofits and their employees during the coronavirus pandemic is as follows:
· $20 million to provide economic relief to businesses impacted by the Purple Tier closures. This was approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 25.
· $56 million raised for San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund administered by The San Diego Foundation in collaboration to assist people struggling with food security, other essential living expenses, emergent needs, and rent and utility payments during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Learn more at sdfoundation.org/COVID19
· $20.5 million of CARES Act money to support the County Relief Program for Small Businesses and Restaurants was created from an economic and humanitarian stimulus package for COVID-19 the Supervisor was able to pass. $4.1 million was distributed to District 4 businesses disproportionately underfunded or left out from securing traditional state and federal government COVID-19 relief.
· Secured $10 million for Frontline Worker Childcare Vouchers during the pandemic. The County gave $5 million of its CARES Acts funding and the City of San Diego agreed to match with another $5 million.
· Secured $1 million to support YMCA Summer Camp operations and scholarships so children from low-income homes can have a place to go as parents get back to work.
· The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program was launched by Supervisor Fletcher in collaboration with The San Diego Foundation, Mission Driven Finance, Accion Serving Southern California, the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network, and the California Southern Small Business Development Corporation. Ten million -- $5 million from the County and $5 million from the San Diego Foundation -- was raised. It is unique because it is structured to use a combination of subordinated funds and state guaranteed funds up-to $30 million to provide financial relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the County who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at https://sandiegosbnlp.org/
· Partnered with the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network to establish the SBDC Businesses Adapting to the New COVID-19 Environment with $1.7 million in funding from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz.), to educate, communicate, and assist San Diego County small business owners with navigating requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen. Assistance includes free online training (live and recorded) and free one on one mentoring and advice. Learn more at https://www.sdivsbdc.org/adaptsd/
· Infused $3.2 million in County Neighborhood Revitalization Program and Community Enhancement Program grants into the region to support COVID-19 response and recovery.