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Updated: Agricultural businesses may apply for grants from state

Issue Date: January 6, 2021

Small businesses in need of relief from the COVID-19 pandemic will have a chance to apply for grants through the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.

Two rounds of grants, totaling $475 million, will be awarded to for-profit and nonprofit businesses with gross annual revenues from $1,000 to $2.5 million.

The deadline for a first round of applications has been extended until Jan. 13.

For more information, and to apply, see

Agricultural enterprises that meet the criteria are eligible to apply. Those that have taken out Paycheck Protection Program funds or availed themselves of other relief programs may still apply.

Funds from the grants may be used to cover employee expenses such as wages and salaries, health care and insurance; personal protective equipment; testing; reopening costs; and other expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related shelter-in-place orders.

Businesses with gross annual revenues from $1,000 to $100,000 may receive a grant of $5,000. Those with revenues from $100,001 to $1 million are eligible for $15,000, and businesses with gross revenues between $1 million and $2.5 million annually could receive $25,000.

Editor's note: The online version of this story was updated to include the extension of the application deadline for the program.


Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.

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