MANTECA — Small businesses in Manteca will soon be able to apply for city grants of up to $3,000 to help mitigate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Many businesses across California have suffered extensive financial losses since the state was effectively shut down in March to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.


In response, Manteca has set aside $300,000 in one-time funds to create the Small Business Recovery Assistance Grant Program in order to help businesses and their employees, according to a city Facebook post.


The application period will open Wednesday at 9 a.m., with grants being awarded to the first 100 eligible applicants, city officials said. The funds may only be used for payroll expenses, lease or mortgage payments for business premises, payments on existing equipment and supplies/inventory.


Businesses who apply must have no more than 20 full-time employees, operate out of a physical commercial storefront within Manteca city limits and have been in operation within the city for more than one year as of March 1, according to the city’s website. Applicants must also be in good standing and possess a Manteca business license, among other requirements.


Corporate-owned franchises or chains, home occupation businesses, nonprofits or any businesses that have received a coronavirus-related county, state or federal small business emergency loan or grant are not eligible, city officials said.


“The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses located in the city of Manteca to aid in maintaining their business and workforce,” city officials said.


Businesses looking to apply can start filling out applications online now and save it until it can be submitted next week, city officials said. Award notifications will be sent out one to two weeks after an application has been received.


For more information, go to https://bit.ly/2ZkKbKv.


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