Business Assistance Grant
Frequently Asked Questions

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You will need to provide 1.) Photo ID, 2) 2019 or 2020 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

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. 

Depending on how you structured your business, the following are the tax forms needed. Please provide a complete copy of either 2019 or 2020. If you started your business in 2020 and do not meet the minimum threshold to qualify, your revenue will be pro-rated. 

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. 

The County of Ventura will provide 1099 tax forms to recipients who first applied for Program II at the end of 2021. 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), 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. 

Call the Call Center at (8888) 405-1004, M-F from 8 am to 6 pm to check if you are past grant recipient. 

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 approximately $30 million to be distributed in $5000 grants to eligible businesses and nonprofits that operate within Ventura County. In programs 1 and 2, all eligible business were 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 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. 

The new owner would not be eligible for an additional grant from Program III. The new owner could apply for Program IV if they meet all the other eligibility criteria.