Business Funding Support

Forward Focus Business Grant Program

On November 4, 2020, the Danville Town Council authorized $250,000 of grant funds to be available for neighborhood-serving commercial Danville businesses struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are available in the following categories:

  • Marketing - Business Promotion
  • Capital Projects - Weather Protection and Visibility 
  • Permits
  • Other COVID-19 Expenses

As of November 23, the funds allocated for this grant program are nearing liquidation. All applications received after 11/23 will be placed on an eligibility waitlist.   

Check your eligibility: Forward Focus Grant Eligible Businesses (PDF) 
To be eligible, businesses must hold an active Town of Danville business license, be an independently owned, small brick and mortar business (not a corporately held business) and be in one of the following categories: retail, restaurant, personal service, fitness/entertainment, experiential use or neighborhood-serving commercial.
Please review the full grant terms and conditions on the application form.

To apply

The Town of Danville is now accepting grant applications. The maximum grant per business is $5,000. Grants funds are limited and subject to approval. Funds will be distributed on a business expenditure reimbursement basis at a 75% level.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Lianna Adauto 

Layoff Aversion Funding

Layoff Aversion Funding (PDF)

WDBCCC will host a webinar on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. to present information about the grant program. Go to www.wdbccc.com/bounce-back-contra-costa/employer to register for the event. In the meantime, if you have questions, call the WDBCCC COVID-19 Resource Hotline at 833-320-1919 or email bouncebackcoco@ehsd.cccounty.us.

federal assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent federal agency that councils, protects, and strengthens small businesses to enhance their growth. The SBA also offers several different loan programs to help start-up businesses.

For businesses affected by the pandemic, the SBA administers multiple CARES Act funding options, and is available to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis.

The Small Business Owner's Guide/FAQ to the Cares Act (PDF)

CARES ACT Q&A (PAGE 6 SMALL BUSINESSES) (04/02/20)

ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN AND ADVANCE (EIDL)

All small business owners are eligible and ENCOURAGED to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000, and the loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Further, the EIDL program provides small businesses with working capital loans up to $2 million that can provide economic support to small businesses, with terms up to 30 years and deferred payments for one year.  Apply Now Online.

Learn more about other relief options available for your business: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

payroll protection program

At this time, the Federal Government is NOT accepting applications for the PPP. 

Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses.

Congress recently changed the rules regarding loan forgiveness. The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration are responsible for updating the application form and instructions for loan forgiveness. If you received a PPP loan, please discuss with your Tax Accountant to understand tax liability for loan forgiveness.

As additional funding legislation continues to move forward, up-to-date information can be found at:  https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses

EVICTION AND RENT FREEZE ORDINANCE

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve an Urgency Ordinance temporarily prohibiting evictions of residential and commercial real property tenants in Contra Costa County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and establishing a moratorium on rent increases.  
(The FAQ page below has info and quick links on the side of the page.)

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/7836/Eviction-and-Rent-Freeze-Ordinance-FAQs