The city of San Diego has launched an emergency relief program to support small businesses and nonprofits affected by recent flooding and storms. The Business Emergency Response & Resilience Grant will provide financial assistance to up to 100 eligible businesses and nonprofits, with each receiving up to $2,500 or $5,000 for those located in designated Promise Zone and Low-Moderate Income Census tract areas.
San Diego’s Mayor Todd Gloria emphasized the importance of restoring neighborhood businesses as a crucial step in the community’s recovery from the disaster. The available grant funds can be used for eligible expenses such as supplies and labor for storm cleanup, repairs, equipment replacement not covered by insurance, employee wages, and insurance deductibles.
The funding for this program comes from a budget of $370,000 through San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program. To access the funding, business owners must demonstrate that they were impacted by the storm and have a current Business Tax Certificate on file with the city. Only businesses with 12 or fewer employees are eligible for the grant. The grants aim to ease the financial burden on businesses and nonprofits affected by natural disasters, and the city encourages owners to start preparing their applications as soon as possible.