COVID-19 Business Resources
New: Small Business Security Assistance Program
The Small Business Security Assistance Program encompasses three parts: a Crime Prevention Seminar, a Property Security Assessment, and a Security Grant. None of these parts are prerequisites to qualify for any of these services. You may apply for an assessment and/or grant without having completed any other part of the program.
An in-person Small Business Security Workshop is being held on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM in the Surlene Grant Community Meeting Room (999 E. 14th Street). Learn how you can protect yourself against the most common security challenges in the area. Registration is highly recommended.
Eligible businesses may apply to receive an in-depth physical assessment of their commercial property by a professional crime prevention company contracted by the City. This assessment is at no cost to the business and will culminate in a comprehensive report of property weaknesses and opportunities for improvements. DEADLINE: January 5, 2024.
The grant (up to $5,000 per business) is designed to help eligible small businesses pay for security upgrades. DEADLINE: January 19, 2024.
These services are part of a larger initiative to promote aesthetic, accessibility, or security improvements to existing commercial buildings in San Leandro.
Below are links to a Program Guide, as well as Application Forms.
Small Business Window Repair Grants
Deadline to submit: 5PM, Wednesday, April 19, 2023.
Although the state of emergency in California has been lifted, many San Leandro businesses and property owners have not recovered from the impacts of the pandemic and are having to make tough decisions on how to spend their money. In some cases, this includes deferring repair and replacement of damaged windows. To help restore the businesses' and community's appearances, the City of San Leandro has developed a Window Repair Grant. These grants will not need to be repaid.
Grants are available for up to $4,900 to businesses and property owners located in San Leandro for window repair and other glass replacement needed to improve the exterior appearance of the building. Actual grant amounts will vary, based on professional bids submitted with the application, but will not exceed $4,900.
Grants are limited to one award per business/property.
Applications may be submitted to [email protected] or by delivery or mail to:
City of San Leandro
Attn. Lars Halle
835 E. 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Contact us to ask further questions about the program, discuss your project or to submit your application.
San Leandro Business Facilities Grants
The City of San Leandro anticipates launching a new grant program in the coming weeks to support local businesses impacted by the pandemic.
Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 are available to businesses in commercial spaces in San Leandro. The grants can be used for lasting physical improvements for beautification, accessibility, or security.
These grants will not have to be repaid.
The grants can also be combined with the City's Business Incentive program for businesses that would benefit from up to $45,000 in public funding.
The program is being finalized and additional information will be put on the website at www.sanleandro.org/econdev.
The City will work to connect with businesses from under-resourced communities. We're happy that our last grant program awarded more than 80% of grants to businesses communities of color. Nearly half went to applicants who spoke Spanish or another language at home.
Businesses who want to be told when applications are available can call (510) 577-3397 to talk with San Leandro Economic Development staff.
Alameda County ARPA Small Business Recovery Grants
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has appropriated $11 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to provide grants for a small business grant program in response to and recovery from the public health emergency and negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is administered by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA).
Eligible applicants can receive a one-time grant of $10,000 for brick-and-mortar businesses, and $5,000 for home-based businesses. Funds are limited, so there is no guarantee that every applicant will receive funds. If eligible applications exceed available funding, the grants will be awarded via lottery.
Who is Eligible?
This program is offered to for-profit businesses in Alameda County that employ between 1 and 25 employees:
- Independently owned home-based businesses
- Brick-and-mortar businesses
- Sole Proprietors
- Limited Liability Corporations
The business must still be in operation and expected to remain open to be eligible. The business must also possess a current business license for the location in accordance with all applicable operation requirements. The business must have suffered income loss equal to or in excess of the grant amount, due to decreased revenue and/or increased costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The business must have not previously received COVID-19-related ARPA funding from Alameda County (e.g. Alameda County Board of Supervisors' District Cash Aid grants, Alameda County Social Services Agency licensed childcare grants, etc.)
Business may only apply for and receive one grant, regardless whether the business owns and/or operates from multiple Alameda County locations.
Who is Excluded?
The following categories of businesses are excluded from consideration for this program:
- Corporate-owned chain businesses
- Cannabis businesses
- Finance, insurance, and investment companies
- Food trucks, vendor carts, and other mobile pop-ups
- Landlords of residential or commercial properties
- Real estate companies & holdings, including residential or commercial real estate brokers
- Non-profit entities
Use of Grant Funds
Funds from the Alameda County ARPA Small Business Recovery grants may be used for the following:
- Rent/lease/mortgage and utility payments for business facilities
- Operating expenses, such as supplies, materials, insurance, etc.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitation, or health & safety equipment
- Digital technology equipment and/or platforms
- Interior & exterior physical adaptations (e.g. partitions, signage, outdoor seating, etc.)
Expenses should meet or exceed awarded grant amount. Business will need to retain receipts and other proof of expenditures in the event the grant payment is subject to audit.
How to Apply
Applicants must upload a signed IRS Form W-9 with a valid Tax Identification Number (Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number are acceptable) with the application. Applicants are also encouraged to upload a City, County, and/or State of California business permit or license. And of course, applicants must submit a complete and signed online application. Paper applications will not be accepted.
The program is open to all eligible small businesses in Alameda County, but about half of the available funding is being ear-marked for disproportionately impacted communities located in Alameda County community resilience priority ZIP Codes and Qualified Census Tracts.
The application period opened on Monday, October 10, 2022 and closes on Monday, October 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed in November, 2022. Applicants will be notified via email in November 2022, whether awarded a grant or not. Funds will be disbursed via check by December 30, 2022.
Visit acbusiness.org for program guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, and the online application. Materials will be available in multiple languages. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Small Business Tax Credit Programs: Employee Retention Credit
The American Rescue Plan extends the availability of the Employee Retention Credit for small businesses through December 2021 and allows businesses to offset their current payroll tax liabilities by up to $7,000 per employee per quarter. This credit of up to $28,000 per employee for 2021 is available to small businesses who have seen their revenues decline, or even been temporarily shuttered, due to COVID.
The ERC is now available for all four quarters of 2021 as well as March 12, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The ERC is a tax credit against certain payroll taxes, including an employer's share of social security taxes for wages paid.
Visit the IRS.gov website to learn more about how to apply for this credit.
Certain license types, such as restaurants, bars, and other specified on-sale licenses may be eligible for a waiver of their annual license renewal fees.
In support of local businesses in San Leandro, the City of San Leandro has issued a declaration establishing a temporary limit of 15% on fees charged to restaurants by third-party food delivery companies.
Like in many communities, San Leandro's commercial eviction moratorium will end on September 30, 2021, when the Governor's executive order authorizing commercial eviction moratoria expires. Some protections will remain.
Get assistance applying for or understanding a variety of business resources available in Alameda County.
The Alameda County Workforce Development Board has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide Alameda County businesses with a no-cost Human Resources hotline to provide guidance on a variety of topics.
Access loans and grants intended to help businesses recover and persist.
Discover information about the Temporary Outdoor Facilities Registration Program.