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Deadline extended for small business grant program in Santa Barbara County

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 16:24:12-04

The Santa Barbara Foundation extended its deadline for a small business grant program to Friday.

The program is designed to help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses can receive up to $7,500 for reopening and adapting to public health guidelines.

The Santa Barbara Foundation and the City of Santa Maria will use grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together (SBBT) Fund Small Business Grant Program.

The SBBT was set up with an initial donation of $500,000 to help local businesses survive.

The city is giving $125,000 to the program.

“These efforts to support local businesses today will help many to survive these tough times, and help ensure a strong community in the future,” said Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino. “We need to help our neighbors when times are tough, and we all look forward to returning to normal.”

The program awarded its first grant of $125,000 to Women's Economic Ventures (WEV).

In August, the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund gave grants to businesses in Goleta, Carpinteria and unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County.

Now SBBT looks to award grants to Santa Maria businesses.

To review the program's guidelines click here. Para aprender más en Español.