County of Madera
Small Business Business Pandemic Assistance Grant Program
Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
$2,500 Grant
ARPA Fund Program
$5,000-$10,000 Grant

Eligible Uses

Grant funds may be used for investment in working capital, purchase of new certified equipment, payment of business debt accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geography

Businesses located in the County of Madera ( countywide, including City of Chowchilla and City of Madera).

Eligible Uses

Working Capital (Business Operating Expenses)

Geography

Unincorporated Madera County, including the City of Chowchilla and City of Madera

Grant Program Guidelines
  •  Applicants shall be businesses physically located and operating within Madera County, including the Cities of Chowchilla and Madera.
  • Grant funds will be limited to (1) grant per business entity.
  • Business has been legally operating prior to December 31, 2019.
  • Business must show a demonstrated economic need and have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.  Business must have at least a 10% reduction in revenue between 2019 and 2020.
  • Business must have $50,000 or less in revenue for taxable year 2019.
  • Business must have 5 or less employees, currently and in 2019 and 2020.
  • Business applicant DID NOT receive California Small Business COVID Relief grant funding.
  • Non-profits are eligible to apply if they comply with all eligibility requirements of the program including having made a minimum of $1,000 in revenue in the 2019 Taxable year.
  • Business must complete a W9
  • Applicants shall be businesses physically located and operating within Madera County. This INCLUDES the Cities of Chowchilla and Madera.
  • Grant funds will be limited to (1) grant per business entity of either $5,000 for revenue of $50,000 or less in 2019 tax year and/or 24 or less full-time equivalent employees; or $10,000 for revenue of $50,000 or more in the 2019 tax year and/or 25 or more full-time equivalent employees.
  • Grant funds will be eligible to use for working capital (business operating expenses).
  • Businesses that began operation in 2020, 2021, and 2022 may be eligible for grant funds, eligibility to be determined.
  • Business must demonstrate an economic need and have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • Business may have up to 50 full-time equivalent employees including the business owner.
  • Businesses who have received previous disaster relief funds (Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loan, or other CARES Act funds) will be considered.
  • Priority will go to businesses that have not received any previous funding.
  • Applicants with bankruptcies within the last three years may be eligible and will need to submit documentation explaining the business downfall as well as a current business plan and business license.
  • A credit report may be required to verify the business.
  • Business applicant must have no outstanding local, state, federal tax liens or judgments. If applicable, business must provide documentation of their current payment plan.
  • Non-profits are eligible to apply if they comply with all eligibility requirements of the program.
  • All businesses and individuals will be required to provide a completed W-9.

The Following Businesses or Organizations are NOT Eligible for this Grant Opportunity

  1. Religious organizations or religiously affiliated groups.
  2. Real Estate and Airbnb businesses.
  3. Recipients of the California Small Business COVID Relief grant funding.
  4. Businesses where county staff and board of supervisors or their spouses, domestic partners or dependents hold a financial stake.
  5. Newspaper, television, radio and other media services
  6. Gambling establishments
  7. Cannabis operations
  8. Local outlets of national chains unless privately and locally owned and operated
  9. Businesses that are not in compliance or plan to not be in compliance with existing and future gubernatorial executive orders and state and local health officer orders.
  1. Religious organizations or religiously affiliated groups
  2. Real estate
  3. Businesses where county staff and Board of Supervisors or their spouses, domestic partners or dependents hold a financial stake
  4. Newspaper, television, radio, and other media services
  5. Gambling establishments
  6. Cannabis operations
  7. Local outlets of national chains unless privately and locally owned and operated
  8. Businesses that are not in compliance or plan to not be in compliance with existing and future local health officer orders (including code enforcement, environmental health and Public Health).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program?

Madera County received funds from the State of California to provide $2,500 grants to eligible micro-business impacted by COVID-19.

Yes, email  application to info@maderacountyedc.com

Fax: 559-675-3252 

Mail: MCEDC, 2425 W. Cleveland Ave. #101 Madera, CA 93637

Yes, email  application to info@maderacountyedc.com

Fax: 559-675-3252 

Mail: MCEDC, 2425 W. Cleveland Ave. #101 Madera, CA 93637

Micro Business is defined as a business with five (5) or less employees including the Business owner. A micro business with gross revenues less than $50,ooo in tax year 2019 is eligible.

A. Completed Applications
B. Business Verification Documents:

  • Government-issued ID
  • Current Business License
  • 2019 and 2020 Business Tax Return
  • Completed W9

No, businesses that received a California Small Business COVID 19 Relief grant are not eligible.

Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, must have had at least $1,000 in revenue in 2019. 

No, but your business MUST be located in Madera County. 

Eligible uses of grant funds include: Working capital, purchase of new certified equipment, business debt accrued due to COVID 19 pandemic, costs of related health and safety restrictions, or business interruption or closures incurred as a result of COVID 19.

 

You will be notified once your application is received and if more information is required.  Once all documents are received, the application will be reviewed at the end of the application deadline. If it is approved the funds will be mailed to the address listed on the W9.

Applicants that have been approved or have received disaster relief funding such as Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), or any other CARES Act funded business assistance program, are eligible. Funds cannot be used to cover the same expenses for the same period that PPP/EIDL/CARES Act funds covered. Applications cannot have received a grant from the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant PRogram. Preference will be given to those qualified businesses that have NOT received any grant funding. 

Application – Solicitud

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What is the ARPA Small Business Assistance Grant Fund?

The County of Madera is offering small business grants to businesses located in Madera County, including the Cities of Chowchilla and Madera. Businesses with 50 employees or less (including the business owner) are eligible. Businesses negatively affected by COVID-19 may be eligible to receive a working capital grant between $5,000 and $10,000 based on the number of employees and the 2019 tax return, if available.

Current Madera County or City Business License
2019 & 2020 Tax Returns (if opened prior to 2020)
Statement explaining business impact and backup documents
Completed W9
Documentation related to the additional questions section

Business who have received previous disaster relief funds (Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loan, or other CARES Act funds) will be considered.
Priority will go to businesses that have not received any previous funding.

Non-profits are eligible to apply if they comply with all eligibility requirements of the program.

No, but your business MUST be located in Madera County.

Eligible uses of grants funds include, Working Capital, Rent or Commercial Mortgage payments for business, Payroll and Benefit Cost, Increasing Technology Capacity of enable Alternative Work Platforms, Creating New Marketing Campaigns or Business Plans, paying vendor invoices, Facility Cleaning/Restoration, Utilities

You will be notified once your application is received and if more information is required. Once all documents are received, the application will be reviewed at the end of the application deadline. If it is approved the funds will be mailed to the address listed on the W9.

Application – Solicitud

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Guidelines – Normas

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Top 3 Reasons To Choose Madera County

  • Low cost of living means your business can grow and flourish.
  • Madera County is located in the center of California so reaching major cities is an easy 3-hour drive.
  • Madera County is focused on business attraction & retention so expect a streamlineD permitting process.

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