Business Assistance Grant
Frequently Asked Questions

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You will need to provide 1.) Photo ID, 2) 2019 Tax Returns, 3) Proof of physical location and operations in Ventura County, 4) W-9 Form, and 5) (non-profits only) IRS nonprofit Determination Letter (CA registration not acceptable). 

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
  • Matricula Consular
  • Certificate of Naturalization

Eligible microbusinesses must have a physical address and operate within Ventura County to be eligible to apply. If the microbusiness is home-based, the home office can be considered the physical address. Microbusinesses 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 microbusiness, your administrative office must be located within Ventura County. 

Depending on how you structured your microbusiness, the following are the tax forms needed. Please provide a complete copy (Tax Return and Attachments) for 2019.

The County of Ventura will provide 1099 tax forms to recipients who first applied for Program V at the end of 2022. Please check with your tax advisor on tax implications of the grant funds. 

Nonprofit organizations must be qualified as exempt from taxation under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(19). Churches and other faith-based organizations, Government entities, Lobbying Organizations, Financial institutions are not eligible to apply.

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

Call the Call Center at (888) 405-1004, M-F from 8 am to 5 pm (PST) to check if you are past grant recipient. 

Microbusiness 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. Applications will be evaluated based on a first come, first serve basis; however, applications that meet one or more of the priority factors will be given priority for grant awards. Priority factors are: women-owned; minority-owned/person of color-owned; and veteran-owned microbusinesses; microbusinesses located in low to moderate-income areas; and organizations.. Microbusinesses that receive a County of Ventura Covid-19 business Assistance Grant will be considered lowest priority for grant awards. Grants will be awarded until grant funds are exhausted.

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 approximately $1 million to be distributed in $2,500 grants to eligible microbusinesses and nonprofits that operate within Ventura County.

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

If a microbusiness/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 microbusiness and one nonprofit, that individual can only apply once, either under the microbusiness or the nonprofit organization.

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

  • The purchase of new certified equipment.
  • Working Capital
  • Local Permit Fees
  • Business debt accrued due o Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety restrictions such as microbusiness interruptions or microbusiness 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 December 31, 2021;
    • Costs associated with re-opening microbusiness operations after being fully or partially closed due to state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and microbusiness 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 microbusinesses that have a majority ownership (51% or more) of one or more of the following. If a microbusiness 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 microbusiness
  • Veteran-owned microbusiness
  • Woman-owned microbusiness

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

  • Located in low to moderate-income communities

Microbusiness with fewer than five full time employees [besides the owner(s)] and had fewer than five full-time employees in the 2019 and 2020 taxable years.

Yes, you can upload new documents in the portal any time during the 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 microbusiness sector in the application. 

The new owner could apply for Program V if they meet all the other eligibility criteria. 

  • Began operation prior to December 31, 2019
  • Nonprofits must be 501c(3), 501c(6) or 501c(19)
  • Currently operating or have a clear plan to re-open once health orders permit.
  • Significantly impacted by Covid-19 pandemic
  • Gross Revenues between $1,000 and $5,000 in 2019 taxable year
  • The microbusiness currently has fewer than five full-time employees and had fewer than five full-time employees in the 2019-2020 taxable years.
  • Must have a physical address and operate in Ventura County
  • Microbusiness didn’t receive a grant from the California relief grant Program. (Download a list at
  • The microbusiness owner is the majority-owner and manager (or authorized agent of the nonprofit microbusiness)
  • The microbusiness is the owner’s primary means of income in the 2019 taxable year.
  • The microbusiness owner did not receive a grant under the California Small business Covid-19 relief Grant Program.
  • County of Ventura Permits or Licenses
  • State of California seller’s Permit
  • County of Ventura Tax Bill
  • Utility bill (most recent)
  • Bank Statement (most recent)
  • California State Child Care license (childcare providers only)
  • California secretary of State filing document.

All Ventura County Library branches have computers with Internet access and a printer available for public use.  Computer Kits containing Chromebooks and a Wi-Fi hotspot are also loaned for home use to people 18 years of age or older.  

Click here for a list of Ventura County Library locations and contact information.

  • Printing costs are 10 cents per page (black and white only)
  • Computing sessions are subject to time limits and availability.
  • Your library card barcode provides access to the public computers. If you do not have a library card, you may bring photo ID with your current address to the library to apply for a free library card or use the computer as a guest.


Other library systems in Ventura County also offer computers for public use.  Please contact these libraries directly for more information:

Camarillo Library

Moorpark Library

Oxnard Library

Santa Paula/Blanchard Library

Thousand Oaks Library (includes Newbury Park branch library)