COVID-19 Business Continuity Grant Program

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and the City Council announced today the launch of a Small Business Continuity Grant Program that provides of up to $5,000 to small businesses to help them continue operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The objective of this program is to offer financial assistance to small businesses and independent restaurants located within incorporated San Leandro to aid in maintaining their business operations and workforce. This program provides relief to small businesses that demonstrate negative impacts as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown with a one-time capital infusion of up to $5,000.

Eligible businesses are those with at least one employee (not including the owner) and no more than 25 employees. Businesses must be able to demonstrate at least a 50% reduction in revenues due to COVID-19. Businesses must also be in good standing with the City of San Leandro. Priority will be given to businesses experiencing the greatest economic loss, including those in the retail, service, and restaurant sectors. Examples of relevant impacts could include those stemming from mandated closures or operational impacts associated with social distancing or other public health mandates that remain in effect.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Monday, April 27, 2020. Late applications will not be considered. After applications are received, City staff will review and assess them for completeness and then prioritize grantees based on demonstrated need. This review period will be determined based upon the number of responses received.

Click HERE for a printable outline of the program in English.

Click HERE for a printable outline of the program in Spanish.

Click HERE for a printable outline of the program in Chinese.


Click HERE for the fillable Economic Injury Worksheet (Application Form). Download the file to fill the fields.

Click HERE for a blank W-9 form (Application Requirement).

Both forms must be submitted for the application to be complete.

All questions and applications may be emailed to


The health and safety of the community is our highest priority. In light of recent events related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Shelter In Place ordered by the Alameda County Health Official, effective March 17, 2020, City Hall (including the Community Development Department and Permit Center) is closed. Non-essential services have been suspended through May 3, 2020, unless otherwise extended.

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The City's Economic Development mission is to improve San Leandro's quality of life by encouraging reinvestment and economic growth through retention and expansion of existing businesses and attraction of new industry, which will enhance the local tax base, enabling an increase in the standard of living for all San Leandro.