Another $6 million in grants awarded to small businesses in San Diego
The financial assistance is part of Mayor Gloria’s “Back to Work SD” program, which has allocated $10 million to small business and nonprofit grants.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — As part of his efforts to help San Diegans recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Todd Gloria announced an additional $6 million in grants on Tuesday. It is part of the City of San Diego’s Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund program, in partnership with the San Diego Foundation.
In total, the grant program has relieved 1,514 small businesses and 166 nonprofit organizations in San Diego.
“Today, I’m proud to announce that we’ve provided an additional $6 million in grants to small businesses and nonprofits across the city of San Diego. This is in addition to the $6 million that we announced in November last year,” the mayor said. Gloria said.
The financial assistance is part of Mayor Gloria’s “Back to Work SD” program, which has allocated $10 million to small business and nonprofit grants. The San Diego Foundation provided an additional $2 million to support local nonprofits, bringing total program funding to $12 million.
Local partners including the San Diego County Black Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Asian Business Association, San Diego County Imperial Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and San Diego Small Business Development Center Diego and Imperial, helped connect these funds to local businesses.
The Women’s Museum of California was one of the grant recipients. Museum director Felicia Shaw said she had already used the money to hire two employees.
“[These] two positions are going to be really amazing and important for the organization to do community outreach, programming. These are young women of color who were unemployed before this happened, so we’re doing the work,” she said.
Relief grants to nonprofit organizations ranged from $5,000 to $100,000. Ten nonprofit organizations received grants of $100,000, including:
- Family house
- San Diego ElderHelp
- Elementary Institute of Sciences
- San Diego Media Arts Center
- Monarch School Project
- New Americans Museum and Immigrant Learning Center
- Nile Sisters Development Initiative
- San Diego County Urban Corps
- Wesley House Student Residence
- Women’s History Recovery Project with the Women’s Museum of California
Many nonprofits that have received grants have expanded their services during COVID-19 and/or serve historically underserved demographics, such as immigrants and refugees, or homeless students and their families.
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