Eureka Small Business Rent Relief Bridge Program

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Project Title:

Eureka Small Business Rent Relief Bridge Program

Contact:

Christine Tyson, 

Phone: (707) 441-4178

Email: Ctyson@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Project Description:

The City of Eureka has set aside $500,000 of ARPA funds to provide grants of up to $7,500 to small businesses located with City of Eureka limits to cover the business owners unpaid or pending rent from January 1, 2022 through April 30, 2022.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for this program, businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • For-profit businesses or a non-profit entity that has been negatively affected by the pandemic may apply
  •  Applicants must have had a 20% or more reduction in gross revenue resulting from COVID-19
  •  Business owner must live in Humboldt County.
  •  Physical commercial address must be in Eureka, and must have a valid City of Eureka business license
  • Business must have 20 or fewer full-time employees including the business owner (Businesses may include part-time employees in its full-time equivalent count, 2 half-time employees = 1 full-time employee). Sole-proprietors and single-person companies are eligible.
  • Businesses must have been in business as of March 1, 2020. Businesses with active code violations, home-based businesses and independent contractors are not eligible, and individuals that own or have interest in more than one business will be limited to one grant.

Documentation:

Businesses must provide the following initial application documentation:

  • Valid government-issued photo ID – Copy or Picture of a valid CA ID or Driver’s License (color copy) – Shows home address and confirms information on the application.
  • All relevant financial documentation that demonstrates the economic injury to the business during the 2021 calendar year. This includes, but is not limited to, bank statements, tax returns, payroll records as well as financial statements prepared or reviewed by a certified accountant.
  • Rental lease, mortgage or past rent payment documentation – Shows how much rent has been paid in the past for the commercial space.
  • Documentation showing the number of employees and their hours worked per week.

Grant Process:

  • Submit Grant Application: Applicants may fill out the full application including required documents found on the City’s website.
  • Additional Documentation: After the initial application review, if the application is complete and eligible, applicants may be requested to submit additional documents.
  • Final Approval: The grantee’s landlord must provide confirmation of the grantee’s statements about rent due, provide a W-9 form, and be willing to accept payment on behalf of the grantee.
  • Grant Disbursal: We will pay the applicant’s rent on their behalf up to $7,500.