COVID-19 Business Resources

Emergency Business Assistance Program Announced from the County of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Foundation

The County of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation, announce the Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program that consists of two components: microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance grants.

The application period is open May 10 through June 30, 2021, or when all funds are granted, whichever comes sooner. Eligible microenterprise businesses may apply for up to $10,000 in funding, while eligible small businesses may apply for up to $25,000.

To apply for a grant, please review the grant guidelines and eligibility requirements. Before accessing the grant portal and registering your business to receive access to the application, please complete the eligibility checklist.

Staff from the County and Santa Barbara Foundation will be hosting two similar workshops to discuss the Emergency Business Assistance Program with interested businesses. The first is set for 10-11:30 a.m., Monday, May 10; and repeated noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.  

For questions or more information, please contact the Santa Barbara Foundation at (805) 963-1873.

Economic Development Collaborative

Get the latest COVID-19 resources for businesses from the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC). The EDC serves Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, giving businesses, community partners and civic leaders the resources they need to succeed. During the pandemic they have compiled the business resources for the community. Please visit for grant opportunities, loan opportunities, housing-related assistance, tax credits, unemployment benefits and more.

The EDC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) call team and experienced advisors are available to answer questions and help you navigate today’s complex business environment. The Economic Development Collaborative hosts the Small Business Development Center and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Signing up as a client takes just a few minutes and provides you lifetime access to all of our no-cost services. Get started today with no-cost consulting by calling our Business Assistance Line at 805.409.9159. Resources and advising are available in English and Spanish. For more information go to