We are excited to announce a newly formed grant that was created to provide financial relief to San Luis Obispo County businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses and the Doers + Dreamers behind them are the lifeblood of our community, and we are grateful for this opportunity to help make a difference for some of them.
The origin of this grant money comes from Comevo, a local technology company that specializes in online orientation software, whose core mission is to help small business succeed. Comevo has provided $75,000 in immediate funding to aid small businesses in our community for the long road ahead. Applicants are eligible to receive a grant of $5,000 or more to help fill immediate financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.
Applications for the first round of grant funding open at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 7 and will remain open until midnight on Thursday, May 14. Businesses, not just SLO Chamber members, can see the eligibility criteria and apply here. Recipients will be notified on Tuesday, May 19.
- For profit businesses owned and operated in San Luis Obispo County
- Employers with less than 200 employees
- Businesses who have been continuously closed since the “Shelter-in-Place” preferred
This grant can be used for:
- Paying rent and utilities
- Payroll expenses
- Paying outstanding debt to vendors
- Other immediate operational costs
While currently funded solely by Comevo, the Chamber is putting out a call for any other businesses who would like to join the effort to support small businesses in the County who have experiences detrimental effects of COVID’s economic impact. If your business is interested in contributing to the relief fund, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our COVID-19 page to stay up to date on resources for your business. As always, if you have any questions or if there’s anything the SLO Chamber can do to support you or your business, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are all in this together.