COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE
Positive Cases in the Workplace: How employers can help limit the spread of COVID
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Santa Barbara Better Together Fund Provides Grants for Small Businesses in the City of Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA – The Santa Barbara Foundation announced today the launch of the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund Small Business Grant Program partnership with the City of Santa Barbara, to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Foundation partnership will support grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund of up to $7,500 per grant to qualifying small businesses located within the City of Santa Barbara as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19. Grant awards are available to eligible businesses until funds have been depleted.
The grant application is available from Monday, September 28 through Thursday, October 15. Please review the SBBT Small Business Grant Program guidelines for further details.
”Small businesses are the economic engine in this community. Together with the Santa Barbara Foundation, the City is helping lift up this important sector of our local economy” said Mayor Cathy Murillo. “We thank the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund for their support and partnership”.
The Santa Barbara Better Together Fund (SBBT) was set up at the Santa Barbara Foundation as a committee advised fund in March of 2020 with an initial $500,000 donation from Deckers Brands. The fund will help local businesses survive these uncertain times which in turn will help sustain our community.
The Santa Barbara Better Together Fund is made up of representatives from Deckers and Santa Barbara Foundation, and local experts. Distribution of the funds are voted on by the committee members.
The Santa Barbara Better Together Fund provided its first grant in the amount of $125,000 to Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) for financial support to the small business community in Santa Barbara County through WEV’s ReStart Loan Program. Since August, the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund provided grant programs for small businesses in the City of Goleta, City of Carpinteria, unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County and Santa Maria and SBBT now wishes to do the same for the City of Santa Barbara.
“With so many local small businesses struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19, we knew that we needed to do something to help,” said Jackie Carrera, President
- CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “We are proud to support our business community through this collaboration with SBBT and cities throughout the county.”
About Santa Barbara Foundation
The Santa Barbara Foundation, the largest community foundation in the region and the county’s go-to resource for investment and capacity-building, strives to mobilize and elevate all residents to thrive. Nearly every Santa Barbara County nonprofit organization and essential community project has been supported by the Foundation during its 92-year history.
The Foundation is working to improve areas that affect quality of life in Santa Barbara County including childcare, workforce development, and workforce housing. The Foundation connects those who give with those in need – and all who dream of stronger communities. To learn more, please visit www.sbfoundation.org
About the City of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is internationally known for its beautiful environment and its vibrant hospitality. However, the community has experienced significant and multiple impacts to its local economy. Over 4,300 resilient businesses and tens of thousands in the workforce are working hard to preserver through the pandemic. The City has responded with innovative approaches to support the business community and is entering into new partnerships to expand the reach of assistance to lift up businesses and the economy. To learn more, visit santabarbaraca.gov.
GREATER SANTA BARBARA HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Greater Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has partnered with many nonprofit and foundational efforts to support small businesses throughout our region during this pandemic. Locally, we have also designated commissions in every local jurisdiction to mirror our parent organization (the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) in their work to address the needs of small businesses by acting as the voice for locally owned businesses during this time of great need.
As a part of our effort, we have partnered with the Santa Barbara Better Together effort to inform our businesses of the grant opportunities available them within our region and how to apply for these grants.
Our plan is to give small businesses an orientation of how to apply for these grants and inform them of the various steps there are to successfully complete the grant applications. Once a business has attended an orientation, members of the chamber will gain assistance from our volunteer effort to collect all of the necessary documents to apply and submit their applications properly with one-on-one sessions until the deadline for each grant cycle (Wednesday October 21, 2020).
We thank our local jurisdictions for their partnership with this effort and all that they have done to support small businesses during this historic time and encourage all small businesses to attend virtually or in person.
YOU MAY ALSO VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE SANTA BARBARA FOUNDATION TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AND GET PREPARED TO APPLY AT:
SOBRE LAS OPORTUNIDADES DE VECAS PARA SU NEGOCIO
La Cámara de Comercio Hispana en Santa Bárbara se ha asociado con muchos esfuerzos sin fines de lucro y fundaciones para apoyar a las pequeñas empresas en toda nuestra región durante esta pandemia. Al nivel local, también hemos designado comisiones en cada jurisdicción local en relección de nuestra organización matriz (la Cámara de Comercio Hispana en California) en su trabajo para abogar por las necesidades de negocios pequeños, actuando como la voz para las empresas locales durante este tiempo de gran necesidad.
Como parte de nuestro esfuerzo, nos hemos asociado con el esfuerzo de Santa Barbara Better Together para informar a nuestros negocios de las oportunidades locales para vegas gratuitas asea negocios en nuestra región.
Nuestro plan es primero educar a nuestras pequeñas empresas, con una orientación, sobre cómo solicitar estas becas e informar a nuestros negociantes de los diversos pasos que tendrán que pasar para completar las solicitudes con éxito. Después de haber participado en una de nuestras orientaciones, miembros de nuestra cámara de comercio hispana podrán participar en sesiones individuales con un miembro de nuestra cama que les guiara personalmente en como entregar su solicitud y como preparar los documentos necesarios para su aplicación hasta la fecha límite para cada ciclo de becas (miércoles 21 de octubre de 2020).
Agradecemos a nuestras jurisdicciones locales por su asociación con este esfuerzo y todo lo que han hecho para apoyar a las pequeñas empresas de nuestra región durante este tiempo histórico. Alentamos a todos los empresarios de esta región para que participen en estas sesiones de orientación, sea virtualmente o en persona.
TAMBIÉN PUEDE VISITAR EL SITIO WEB DEL SANTA BÁRBARA FUNDACIÓN PARA OBTENER MÁS INFORMES SOBRE ESTAS OPORTUNIDADES Y PREPARARSE PARA SOLICITAR EN: https://www.sbfoundation.org/covid-19-business-community-resources/