CoCo County offers business grants for those affected by COVID-19

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(CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif.) Contra Costa County, in conjunction with federal assistance, is offering grants for a number of small businesses that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the post, this first-come, first-served style relief is made possible with help from the Community Development Block Grants Program, a federal program aimed at strengthening small businesses around the country.

Earlier in the pandemic, there were varied reports of applicants being scammed by users pretending to be CDBG affiliated programs when they were not.

Interested applicants for the Contra Costa County CDBG fund must be an existing micro-enterprise with less than five employees including the owner, must have an operating business permit in Contra Costa County and have a 2021 city business license.

Additionally, if applicants live outside the county, they must have a brick-and-mortar location within the county to be eligible.

To apply, residents need 2019 or 2020 tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements, POS reports or quarterly taxes; their 2021 city business license and their DUNS number. After that, interested applicants can apply by the link here.

If residents have any issues applying or questions throughout the application process, they can email the county at eastbay@rencenter.org or call the East Bay office at (510) 877 3738.

CDBG funds are provided as grants to non-entitlement jurisdictions and can vary in size and allotment based on the nature of the business, how long the business has existed and where the business is located.

For more information on CDBG grants in general, click here.

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