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Local COVID-19 Fund Established for Small Businesses

Posted on April 14, 2020

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Launch Date:
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 and complete applications must be submitted

No later than 5pm (PDT) on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Application Closed

About the Fund

A San Rafael Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund (the “Relief Fund”) has been created to help small businesses struggling to maintain cash flow and financial solvency during these unprecedented times. The fund creation is the result of collaboration between the County of Marin, the City of San Rafael and the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. Leaders came together with the common goal to help small businesses sustain their operations due to the pandemic and shelter-in-place mandate.

The Relief Fund will allow qualified small businesses to apply for one-time grants in amounts up to $5,000 to help pay for immediate operational costs, including but not limited to rent, payroll, utilities and loan payments.

The small business community has always been the backbone of the Marin economy and a strong contributor to the high quality of life that we share in the County and its individual cities. So, when COVID-19 swept through the State many of these important small businesses took the economic brunt when the shelter in place mandate was initiated. Businesses and their employees have been impacted in unprecedented ways and quick action was needed.

To date, approximately $200,000 is available in the Relief Fund which is being administered by The San Rafael Chamber Educational Foundation, Inc.

Relief Fund grants are intended to provide immediate relief during this unprecedented time to keep qualified businesses afloat until other support is available. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of other programs being offered to businesses, including loans offered through the Small Business Administration.

Businesses will be able to use funds to help pay for immediate operational costs including but not limited to rent, payroll, utilities and supplies. This will allow for business owners to keep operations moving forward in an effort to infuse the local economy with much needed dollars now.

To be eligible for the San Rafael Small Business COVID19 Disaster Relief Fund, the small business must:

  • Operate in San Rafael under a current, appropriate City business license (non-profits are not eligible as other funds have been made available).
  • Have fewer than 26 employees
  • Demonstrate a loss of gross revenues of 40% or more.
  • Have less than $1M in gross revenues generated in the prior fiscal year from your San Rafael location.

Application Closed

If you are interested in making a charitable donation to the San Rafael Small Business COVID19 Disaster Relief Fund, please submit checks to:

San Rafael Chamber Educational Foundation, Inc.
817 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
A section 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation;
Tax ID no.84-2355703

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