Business Assistance Grant
Frequently Asked Questions

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You will need to provide information on the business, annual revenue, and contact information for the owner or authorized representative (for nonprofit organizations). Please refer to the HOME page for a list of documentation needed. 

The Application Instructions page will contain a list of the questions you will be asked and the supporting documents you will need to provide. 

The following Government issued IDs are acceptable. The name must match the name of the owner / authorized agent for this application.

  • Government Issued Photo ID (No US military ID cards. Must be a permanent document with photo. Temporary and/or paper documents are not accepted.)
  • Driver’s license from a U.S. state (Must be a permanent license with photo. Temporary and/or paper documents are not accepted.)
  • State-issued photo ID
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • U.S. Permanent resident card (I-551) or Employment Authorization card (I-766)
  • Foreign (non U.S.) passport

Eligible businesses must have a physical address and operate within Ventura County to be eligible to apply. If the business is home-based, the home office can be considered the physical address. Businesses can list a non-Ventura County address and/or a P.O. Box as a mailing address, so long as the physical address is still within Ventura County. If you have a mobile business, your administrative office must be located within Ventura County. 

  • Sole-proprietors: Form 1040, Schedule C, First Page of Schedule C
  • Corporations: Form 1120 and Form 1120-S, First page showing gross income and signature
  • PartnershipsForm 1065, First Page showing gross income and signature
  • Non-Profits: Form 990, Form 990EZ or Form 990PF, First page showing gross revenue and last page showing signature
  • Churches or other nonprofit organizations legally exempt from filing tax documents: Profit and Loss or Receipts and Expenses Statement from the most recent completed fiscal year is acceptable. 

Completed and signed tax returns for either 2019 or 2020 are acceptable.  If your business was formed in 2020 draft tax returns will be accepted. If an organization is exempt from filing any tax returns, a Profit and Loss or Receipts and Expenses statement will be required. For businesses that were established in 2020 and do not meet the minimum threshold of $ 25,000, gross revenue will be pro-rated by the County’s grant review team. 

Yes, funding from this program is taxable and it will be reported to the IRS. The County of Ventura will provide 1099 tax forms to recipients at the end of 2021. 

Nonprofit organizations must be qualified as exempt from taxation under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(19), and the organization’s primary operations cannot be more than 50% lobbying. Churches and other faith-based organizations, chambers of commerce, and civic organizations with one of these IRS exemptions are eligible to apply.

An “authorized agent” is a person who regularly represents and conducts business on behalf of the nonprofit organization. Examples would be the nonprofit CEO, Board Chair, President, or Executive Director. 

Grant Recipients in the first Ventura County Business Assistance Program would have received a $5000 check from the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) in 2020 (most checks were sent in July or November). It was also sometimes called the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund Grant.

No, Lendistry is administering the State of California’s California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant. 

The Ventura County Business Assistance Grant is a separate program and is not affiliated with the State’s program or Lendistry. 

We encourage businesses and nonprofits to apply for both programs if they are eligible. 

Business and nonprofit organizations that meet the eligibility criteria and successfully submit applications with all required information and supporting documents by the deadline will be deemed eligible. If the number of eligible organizations exceeds total funding, then eligible organizations meeting one or more of the priority factors will be given priority in the selection process. Priority factors are: women-owned; minority-owned/person of color-owned; and veteran-owned businesses; businesses located in low to moderate-income areas; and organizations with one or more employees, not including the owner.

Grant recipients will receive notification of grant award within 3-6 weeks after the application period closes. 

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has allocated $20 million to be distributed in $5000 grants to eligible businesses and nonprofits that operate within Ventura County and did not receive a grant in the First Business Assistance Grant program. In the first program all eligible businesses, close to 4,000, were funded. If a similar number of businesses apply, and are eligible in the second round, it is possible all eligible businesses would be funded.

A business owner/authorized agent can only apply once, regardless of the number of businesses or nonprofits that person owns or manages. 

If a business/organization has more than one location, or franchise, the owner can only apply once, using the gross revenue from the highest revenue-generating location.

If an individual owns one business and one nonprofit, that individual can only apply once, either under the business or the nonprofit organization.

Each business/organization can only apply once. If the organization has more than one owner/authorized agent, only one application will be accepted for the organization.

  • Eligible costs are only those costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are the eligible uses of grant funds:
  • All employee expenses including payroll costs, health care benefits, paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums;
  • Working capital, overhead (including rent, utilities, mortgage principal and interest payments (excluding mortgage prepayments), debt payments (principal and interest) incurred before March 1, 2020;
  • Costs associated with re-opening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and business closures;
  • Costs associated with complying with COVID-19 federal, state, or local guidelines for reopening with required safety protocols, including but not limited to equipment, plexiglass barriers, outdoor dining, PPE supplies, testing, and employee training expenses; or
  • Any other COVID-19 related expenses not already covered through grants, forgivable loans, or other relief through federal, state, county, or city programs.

The following are the ineligible uses of grant funds:

  • Human resource expenses for the State share of Medicaid
  • Employee bonuses or severance pay
  • Taxes
  • Legal settlements
  • Personal expenses or other expenses unrelated to COVID-19 impacts
  • Expenses for repairs from damages already covered by insurance
  • Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services

Please check with your local jurisdiction, either the city or county (for unincorporated areas). If you have a business license, please scan and upload a copy. If you need to apply for a business license, click HERE for a helpful guide to getting your business license. (Guia en Español)

Child care providers may submit the State License to prove their physical location in Ventura County. 

Minority/person of color-owned business means the following racial or ethnic groups (as identified by the applicant): African-American/Black, Asian, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Latino/Hispanic.

Priority Factors apply to for-profit businesses that have a majority ownership (51% or more) of one or more of the following. If a business has more than one owner, there can be multiple priority factors, as long as at least 51% of the owners meet one or more of the criteria.

  • Minority/person of color-owned business
  • Veteran-owned business
  • Woman-owned business

And/or business or nonprofit organization that meet the following:

  • Located in low to moderate-income communities
  • Organizations with employees [besides the owner(s)]

Yes, you can upload new documents in the portal any time during the pre-registration and application windows. 

The Public Records Act includes a procedure to allow qualified family childcare providers to opt out of the disclosure of certain personal information. You can find out more about this exemption at:

If you have completed this opt out procedure and wish to notify the County of Ventura that you are asserting your right to this exemption, then indicate this by selecting the button that says, “Childcare Public Disclosure Opt Out” after you select “Child Care” as your business sector in the application.