Orange County Microbusiness Grants

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Application Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the ability to demonstrate that the business owner(s) is a qualified microbusiness that has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and agree to provide an acceptable form of valid government-issued photo ID (state, domestic, or foreign) and documentation that includes the owner’s name and may include, but is not limited to, the following: a local business permit or license, a bank statement, a 2019 tax return, a trade account and Third-party verification.  

Applicants may only apply for one entity. Applicants with multiple businesses may only submit one application for the business with the most revenue. Each grant is limited to one grant per applicant and business tax ID.

Important Note: Please be sure to use a valid email address in this section. Important updates and further instructions will be sent to the email address that you provide.

Award Notice & Payment

Eligible applicants that are selected for pre-approval will be notified via email. After being selected, there are additional verification steps that must be completed.

After being selected, applicants you will be sent a grantee agreement and W9 via DocuSign. Funding will not be released unless and until the grantee agreement is fully executed and returned. Once we receive fully executed contract and W-9 Form, a check will be issued to the grantee and mailed via US. Postal Service Standard Mail within 45 business days. 

An email notification will be sent to applicants not selected within 60 days of application submission.

Please note, funding is not guaranteed it is based on funding availability, eligibility and order of application submission.

Disqualifications

OCWDB may disqualify applications or deny applications for the following reasons:

  1. Incomplete application

  2. Ineligible applicant

  3. Failure to comply with guidance as set forth on this on this webpage announcement, subsequently in the agreement between Orange County and qualified microbusiness recipient, or in Government Code Sections 12100.90 to 12100.95.  

  4. Late applications will not be accepted

Privacy

Information provided through the application process is the responsibility of each applicant and shall be subject to public disclosure. Applicants shall not submit trade secret information and will not hold Orange County, its affiliates, officers, appointed and elected officials, members, partners, and staff liable for any losses, damages, costs, or expenses, of any kind relating to the use or the adequacy, accuracy, or completeness of any information loaded in the form or any other cost or liability arising from the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

Conflict of Interest

Current directors, officers, employees, and contractors of Orange County and such individuals' family members (spouse, parents, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and spouses of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) are not eligible to apply or seek an award.

Publicity

If awarded, please be advised that the business/applicant’s application information, name, statements, and other information provided during the award process may be used for promotional purposes in all forms and media and the business/applicant may be contacted by Orange County, its agents and/or the program sponsors for such purposes. Until notified, applicants must agree not to share any status as a finalist publicly, including but not limited to all social media platforms, news media, or local publications.

Reporting Requirements

Online Portal

All grant recipients are required to upload receipts and provide an acceptable form of valid government-issued photo ID (state, domestic, or foreign) and documentation that includes the owner’s name may include but is not limited to the following: a local business permit or license, a bank statement, a 2019 tax return, a trade account and Third-party verification.

Public Records Act

By submitting an application, the applicant acknowledges that Orange County is subject to the California Public Records Act (PRA) (Government Code section 6250 et. seq.). Consequently, materials submitted by an applicant to Orange County may be subject to a PRA request. In such an event, Orange County will work in good faith with the applicant to protect certain records to the extent an exemption is provided by law. Applicant may also elect, according to its independent judgment and its own expense, to seek an injunction enjoining the release of record.

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