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COVID-19 relief program for Santa Barbara County microbusinesses still has $300,000+ available

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Santa Barbara County COVID-19 microbusiness relief fund still has hundreds of thousands of dollars available.

Program targets tiny businesses which missed out on other COVID-19 relief programs.

A grant fund to help microbusinesses in Santa Barbara County which were hit hard by the pandemic still has hundreds of thousands of dollars available.

The state, Santa Barbara County, and the Santa Barbara Foundation have teamed up to administer the program. It started in April of 2022 with more than $500,000, but as of this week, more than $300,000 is still available.

Grants of up to $2500 dollars are available to qualified microbusinesses. The program is designed to help very small businesses which didn’t get other COVID-19 relief money. Among the qualifications is a limit of less than $50,000 in revenue in 2019.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.