UPDATED with Rounds 3, 4, 5 and 6 Information.

This is the IDRS Acorn Project resource page for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.  This is a $2.5 billion program that will provide grants to small businesses located in California.  This page will help you prepare to apply for the grant and allow you to get assistance with your application from the IDRS Acorn Project.

Things are changing fast on this program, what we know right now (additional information below):

  • The information website can be found at careliefgrant.com
  • There are six funding rounds.
    • Round 1 ended on January 13th.
    • Round 2 ended on February 8th.
    • Round 3 ended on March 11th.  This was a new round, however, no new applications were accepted.  This was only to consider additional applications from Round 1 and 2.
    • Round 4 begins on March 16th and ends on March 23rd.  This round is solely for Non-profit organizations that are considered cultural institutions (certain NAICS codes)
    • Round 5 begins on March 25th and ends on March 31st.  This round will be for all businesses and new applications are being accepted.
    • Round 6 – the dates have not been released.  This round will be for all businesses and new applications are being accepted.
  • Applicants in Round 1 and Round will be considered in Round 3, 5, and 6 (if not selected in a previous round).  You do not need to reapply.  Applicants in Round 5, if not selected, will be considered in Round 6.
  • For-profit businesses and non-profits (501(c)(3)s, (c)(6)s, (c)(19)s) are eligible
  • The Grant amount you can apply for is based on the gross revenue of your business.
    • $1,000 to $100,000 gross revenue (GR) can apply for $5,000
    • $101,001 to $1,000,000 GR can apply for $15,000
    • $1,000,001 – $2,500,000 GR can apply for $25,000
    • Businesses with income over $2,500,000 are ineligible to apply
  • You must have been in business since 6/1/2019
  • Must be able to provide a business or tax return from either 2018 or 2019 (Schedule C or F for for-profit businesses or 990 for non-profits)
  • Must have a physical address in California and operate here (cannot use a PO Box address).
  • Applications will be submitted online.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 hours of submitting your application then the application did not go through.  The application certification document must be downloaded to complete, you can’t complete the application certification in a browser. Once you have download and completed the application you need to print it and scan it to upload it to the system for submission.  If you do not know how to do this, please contact IDRS staff for assistance.

Applications are now open.  If you would like to apply, please click the button below.  When you are in the application, click Find Grants Now then click on Apply Now in the left box if you are a for-profit business or click Apply Now in the right box if you are a non-profit business.

Would you like assistance in filling out your grant application?  Do you need more information about the program?  Please click the button below and fill out our intake form and a counselor will be back in touch with you shortly. (This is not the grant application but a request for free assistance from the IDRS Acorn Project).

Upcoming Events:

List of upcoming webinars

Program Information and Recorded Webinars:

IDRS Application Question Guide
Application Guide for For-Profit Businesses
Application Certification Download (For-Profit)
Application Certification Download (Non-Profit)
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program website
California Government’s Press Release of the grant program

Additional information:

  • FYI: The Lendistry (the company managing the program and software portal) Customer Service Center contact information is 888-612-4370 and careliefgrant@lendistry.com.  You can also contact them to answer questions about your application.  IDRS may be able to get an answer for you quickly through our partner organization so please contact us too!
  • This is not a first-come, first-served application process.  All grant applications received before the grant window closes on January 8th will be reviewed equally.
  • There will be a second round (Dates TBD).  You do not need to apply for both rounds.  All applications not selected for round one will be considered during round two.
  • You do not have to apply with the organizations that are listed in your county on the grant website.  IDRS has a partnership with CAMEO (California Association of Microenterprise Opportunity) and will be assisting entrepreneurs to apply for the grant using their link.
  • Must have a physical address you can put in the application.  P.O. Boxes are not accepted.
  • Previously they allowed 2018 and 2019 tax returns.  The new rounds will require a 2019 tax return.
  • Information for Round 4
    • NAICS Codes for eligible cultural institutions in Round 4:
      • 453920 – Art Dealers
      • 711110 – Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
      • 711120 – Dance Companies
      • 711130 – Musical Groups and Artists
      • 711190 – Other Performing Arts Companies
      • 711310 – Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
        with Facilities
      • 711320 – Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
        without Facilities
      • 711410 – Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and
        Other Public Figures
      • 711510 – Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
      • 712110 – Museums
      • 712130 – Zoos and Botanical Gardens
      • 712190 – Nature Parks & Other Similar Institutions
    • Special application link: https://crgacnpo.mylendistry.com/#/login
    • Round 4 is a special and completely separate round.  If eligible to apply, you must apply again, even if you applied previously.  Also, your application will not carry over to round 5.  If you have not applied previous to Round 4 and you apply in Round 4 and are not funded, you must apply again in Round 5.  (If you applied in Rounds 1 or 2, your application will carry over to Rounds 3, 5, and 6)
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