County of Madera / MCEDC Small Business Pandemic Assistance Grant
$5,000 or $10,000 Grant
$5K For up to 20 Full-Time Employees / $10K For 21-50 Full-Time Employees

Credit Report

Required to verify business owner has not filed for bankruptcy in the last 3 years or has outstanding tax liens. No minimum credit score required.

Eligible Uses

Grant funds may be used for working capital to cover the day-to-day business operating expenses such as payroll expenses, rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.

Geography

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

Grant Program Guidelines
  • Eligible applicants include for-profit businesses that are physically located and operating within the County of Madera, including the Cities of Chowchilla and Madera, with a demonstrated economic need and negative impact by COVID-19. Self-employed and home based businesses are eligible (See Exclusions List).
  • In general, non-profit organizations are not eligible for grant funding. However, a 501( c ) (3) organization may be eligible if able to clearly demonstrate that the COVID-19 Revenue loss being experienced is the result of a decrease in business revenues though decrease of stoppage of services or sales of goods and not through a reduction in government funding.  Business revenues include, but are not limited to: entertainment ticket sales, retail and food operations, lodging/accommodations, live performances and other professional services (See Exclusions List).
  • Grants funds will be limited to (1) grant per business entity.
  • Applicants must have 50 full time employees or less. Self-employed business owners are eligible.
  • Applicants will NOT be eligible to apply if business has been approved or has received disaster relief funding such as Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loan or any other CARES Act funded business assistance program.
  • Applicants must have no outstanding local, state, federal tax liens or judgments. If this is applicable, business must include verifiable documentation of their current payment or lien/judgment satisfaction.
  • Applicants must have no bankruptcies within the last (3) years; bankruptcies of record must have a discharge date dating back at least three (3) years at time of grant application.
  • Applicant must demonstrate the economic impact COVID-19 has had on the business operations. It is preferred that an applicant submit copies of their profit and loss statement (P&L Statement) for the most recent (3) quarters, including the June 2020 Quarter. In absence of P&L statements, a signed form describing the COVID-19 impact will need to be completed.
  • Selected businesses will be required to provide a W9.
The Following Businesses or Organizations are NOT Eligible for this Grant Opportunity
  1. Religious organizations or religiously affiliated groups.
  2. Former recipients of the federal Payroll Protection Program loans.
  3. Recipients of any CARES Act assistance provided by the City of Madera or the City of Chowchilla.
  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. 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 gubernatorial executive orders and state and local health officer orders.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the County of Madera / MCEDC Small Business Pandemic Assistance Grant?
  • County of Madera has created a $3.8 million grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 funded by the CARES Act. The grant program will provide grants to eligible businesses. The grant amount will be $5,000 for up to 20 full-time employees. $10,000 for 21-50 full-time employees.
  • If the number of applications exceeds the amount of funding available, qualified applications will be randomly selected for funding.

Download Application

English  –  Spanish

By Email: Send application to info@maderacountyedc.com

By Fax: 559-675-3252 

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

The August 14th deadline has been extended, we are still accepting applications.

A. Completed Applications
B. Business Verification Documents:

  • 1 year of Business Federal Tax Returns OR
  • Business License reflecting a date prior to March 15, 2019 OR
  • Fictitious Business Name Statement filed prior March 15, 2019
  • Completed W9 (if awarded)

C. Additional Documents

  • Profit & Loss Statement for most recent 3 quarters including quarter ending June 30, 2020 OR
  • A written statement and signed statement describing in detail how the business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. 
  • Non-profit applicants must clearly demonstrate revenue losses are a result of business revenue loss or fund raising loss not related to government grant funding.

Business Federal Tax Return for 2019

Eligible applicants include for-profit businesses that are physically located and operating within the County of Madera, including the Cities of Chowchilla and Madera, with a demonstrated economic need and negative impact by COVID-19. Self-employed and home based businesses are eligible (See Exclusions List).

Applicant will NOT be eligible if business has been approved or has received disaster relief funding such as Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loan or any other CARES Act funded business assistance program including grants from the City of Madera or the City of Chowchilla.

Non-profit organizations are not eligible for grant funding. However, a 501( c ) (3) organization may be eligible if able to clearly demonstrate that the COVID-19 Revenue loss being experienced is the result of a decrease in business revenues though decrease of stoppage of services or sales of goods and not through a reduction in government funding. Business revenues include, but are not limited to: entertainment ticket sales, retail and food operations, lodging/accommodations, live performances and other professional services. (See Exclusions List)

Applicant is eligible to apply if they have a business license reflecting a date prior to March 15, 2019.

Yes, your business primary place of business MUST be located within Madera County.

Grant funds may be used for working capital to cover the day-to-day business operating expenses such a payroll expenses, rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.

Madera County requires each business to be current on their taxes, have no existing liens, judgments or bankruptcies dated within 3 years as part of qualifying for this Grant. A applicants’ credit score or other report information will not be reviewed or used as part of the qualifications.

Applications will be accepted beginning 8am August 5th until 5pm August 14th, 2020.

If funding is available after August 31st, we will continue to accept applications.

You will be notified beginning the week of August 24, 2020. Funds will be mailed to the address listed on the W9. 

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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