Santa Cruz County CARES Recovery Program

In response to the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis throughout the nation, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. Included in the $2 trillion economic relief package, was an approximately $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) directed to states, local governments, and tribal entities for economic and disaster relief.

On June 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law the Budget Act of 2020, which allocated a portion of CRF directly to the County.

Below are three grant opportunities specific to small businesses, existing County community partners, and non-profit partners responding to the public health crisis.

Small Business Assistance Grant Program

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Santa Cruz County small businesses and their employees, the Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program has committed up to $1,000,000 in one-time funds to create a Small Business Assistance Grant Program.