County of Madera / MCEDC Small Business Pandemic Assistance Grant - ROUND 2
$5,000 or $10,000 Grant
$5K For up to 20 Full-Time Employees / $10K For 21-50 Full-Time Employees

Credit Report

No Minimum Credit Score is required but credit history will be reviewed.

Eligible Uses

Grant funds may be used for working capital to cover  operating expenses such as payroll expenses, rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utility expenses.  If awarded, grant funds must be spent by 12/30/2020 and receipts kept on file for 5 years. 

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, non-profit organizations 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 or 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 that have been approved or have received disaster relief funding such as Paycheck Protection Program, or any other CARES Act funded business assistance program, must demonstrate that their experienced losses exceed the amount of assistance already approved or received. Applicants that received prior disaster relief funding must also provide verification of the amount of assistance previously received.
  • Applicants 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) covering the period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. In absence of P&L statements, a signed statement describing in detail how COVID-19 impacted the business will need to be completed. (see application for more details on requirements)
  • 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. Businesses where county staff and board of supervisors or their spouses, domestic partners or dependents hold a financial stake.
  3. Newspaper, television, radio and other media services.
  4. Gambling establishments.
  5. Local outlets of national chains unless privately and locally owned and operated.
  6. 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 ROUND 2 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

At this time, there is not a deadline to apply.  Funds must be dispersed before December, 2020.  

A. Completed Applications
B. Business Verification Documents:

  • Current Business License. Applicants without a current license will be required to complete an application with the appropriate local entity.  Applicant must provide evidence of application or renewal prior to grant award.
  • Completed W9
  • 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

C. Additional Documents

  • Profit & Loss Statement for the period covering July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 (or applicable time period if a seasonal business, as described in Item 6 of the grant guidelines OR
  • A written statement and signed statement describing in detail how the business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.  Statement must be accompanied by data tables or similar detailed data formats demonstrating the dollar figure losses over the applicable time period identified in Item 6 of the grant guidelines.
  • Non-profit applicants must clearly demonstrate revenue losses are a result of business revenue loss or fund raising loss due to COVID-19 and not related to government grant funding.  Refer to Grant Program Guidelines for  minimum information required for this statement.
  • For previous recipients of disaster relief grant funding, verification of the amount of assistance previously received, and when it was received AND a detailed written statement and signed statement quantifying how the previous disaster relief funding was not sufficient to offset COVID-19 related losses.

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).

Applicants that have been approved or have received disaster relief funding such as Paycheck Protection Program, or any other CARES Act funded business assistance program, must demonstrate that their experienced losses exceed the amount of assistance already approved or received. Applicants that received prior disaster relief funding must also provide verification of the amount of assistance previously received.

Non-profit organizations are not eligible for grant funding. However, non-profit organizations 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 or 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  operating expenses such as payroll expenses, rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utility expenses.  If awarded, grant funds must be spent by 12/30/2020 and receipts kept on file for 5 years. 

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 now until funds are no longer available. 

You will be notified once your applications is received and if more information is required.  Once all documents are received, the application will be processed and 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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