Small Business Grant Relief Program, OC 5th District

About the Grant Program

Updated June 29, 2020

The Small Business Grant Relief Program will support small businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County Supervisorial District Five.

Grants up to $10,000 will be available to eligible small businesses and non-profits within the district.

Application opens June 22, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and closes July 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information and to apply, visit the Small Business Development Center at

• Must be a for-profit business* or non-profit organization
• Must have been affected by COVID-19
• Home based businesses are not eligible
• Small business must have no more than 25 employees (FTE)
• Independent contractors and sole proprietors are eligible
• Must be located within Orange County’s Fifth District
• Business must provide proof of operations for the past 12 months in a city or unincorporated community within the Fifth District
• Small businesses and non-profits who received prior Federal and state disaster funding are eligible, however funding must be used on alternative eligible expenses

*In order to qualify, businesses must be eligible to receive federal funding.

The business applicant must prove that their business has been affected by COVID-19 in at least one of the following ways:
• Sales from the business are down more than 25% compared to the previous three months (prior to March 1, 2020)
• The business has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full or part time)
• The business was forced to shut down by the state or local government

Grant Selection:
Applicants that meet the criteria will be randomly selected based on the percentage of population of each city/unincorporated area within the district.

Use of Funding:
Businesses must be able to show proof of how funds were spent. Businesses and non-profits may apply for up to $10,000 in funding for use on the following eligible expenses:
• Rent
• Payroll (as long as PPP funding was not received)
• Utilities
• Insurance
• Accounts payable
• Personal protective equipment (PPE)
• Inventory

The Fifth District encompasses the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, portions of Irvine, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe, and Wagon Wheel.

Need help? Contact the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 1-800-616-7232