Mayor's Office

Save Our Small Businesses Program

Save Our Small Businesses Grants

The city has already distributed $750,000 to 118 small businesses. Now Round 2 of the Save Our Small Businesses program will provide an additional $2 million in emergency relief funds to small businesses operating in the City of Fresno that has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency:

  • Required closures
  • Voluntary closures to promote social distancing measures
  • Decreased customer demand

The grants provided through the program will be distributed in $5,000 and $10,000 disbursements to be used for:

  • Payroll and benefit costs
  • Unemployment insurance costs incurred by the recipient as an employer if such costs will not be reimbursed by the federal government pursuant to the CARES Act or otherwise
  • Overdue rent or mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure
  • Unpaid utility fees
  • Inventory or supplies required to safely reopen the business including PPE

Funds may not be used for property capital improvements or the purchase of furniture, electronics, office supplies, or other general business expenses.

Businesses with 1-5 employees are eligible for $5,000 grants; businesses with 6-25 employees are eligible for $10,000 grants.

We encourage City of Fresno businesses to apply to the city-administered Save Our Small Businesses program and the Fresno County Helping Underserved Businesses (HUB) program although you may accept funding from only one. Businesses that operate outside city limits or on county islands within city limits can ONLY apply to the county HUB program.

Application Deadline
11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 5

Businesses will be notified of the results of the random selections starting Monday, June 15.


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Eligibility Requirements

The business must:

  • Be physically located and operating in the City of Fresno
  • Have been operating with a current and valid City of Fresno business tax certificate for at least one year prior to March 4, 2020
  • Have 25 or fewer employees on payroll; owner-operated businesses and consultancies are considered to have a single employee
  • Must have no outstanding code violations and be operating as permitted by their conditional use permit
  • Must have been subject to a required or voluntary closure or reduction of business operations or be able to provide proof of at least 25% loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis. This requirement may be met through the submission of income statements as would be provided to the City of Fresno’s Business Tax Division. Businesses do not need to submit a full profit and loss statement.

The following business types are not eligible for the program:

  • Former recipients of the Save Our Small Businesses and Payroll Protection Program loans as well as the Fresno County HUB Program grants
  • Businesses where city staff and council members or their spouses or domestic partners hold a financial stake
  • Local outlets of national chains unless privately and locally owned and operated
  • Non-profits & religious organizations
  • Adult entertainment, massage parlors, gambling entities, liquor stores, and smoke shops
  • Financial institutions including check-cashing services
  • Food cultivation, including farming
  • Funeral homes and mortuaries
  • Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities
  • Golf courses & related facilities
  • Grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands and food banks
  • Hardware stores
  • Healthcare operations
  • Home delivery services
  • Hotels and motels
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
  • Mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
  • Real estate agencies and property management services
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators
  • Professional services including legal or accounting services
  • Taxis and other private transportation providers
  • Therapists and counselors
  • Towing & roadside assistance services
  • Trucking & freight services
  • Waste disposal, recycling, and electronics recycling services

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