COVID-19 Resources for Business

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Nevada County is in Red Tier as of
Wednesday, March 24th
Nevada County met the State’s metrics for the Red Tier for two consecutive weeks and will move into the Red Tier on Wednesday, March 24th. With this Tuesday’s update, Nevada County has a daily case rate of 8 qualifying Nevada County for the Red Tier under the reassessment of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy thresholds.
In the Red Tier, business sectors such as restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters will have reduced capacity indoors:
  • Restaurants: 25% capacity or 100 people indoors, whichever is fewer
  • Gyms: 10% capacity indoors
  • Movie Theaters: 25% capacity or 100 people indoors, whichever is fewer
  • Retail: 50% capacity indoors
Business Task Force Webinar on New Grants and Tier Changes
Sierra Business Council will provide an update on the following grants and business resources:
  • The Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides grants of up to $5M per restaurant, food stand, food truck, food cart, caterer, saloon, inn, tavern, bar, lounge, brewpub, tasting room, taproom. Learn more at:
  • The California Relief Grant provides micro-grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. Apply or apply for Rounds 4, 5, and 6. Note that Round 4 applications for nonprofit cultural institutions are due March 26, 2021. Learn more at:
  • The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant provides grants to live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria, motion picture theater operators, and talent representatives. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue. Learn more at:
Events/ Updates coming April 1st from State of Ca
Any business questions: counseling or about grants and loans
to find free Northern California Small Business Development Center information
Contact Sierra Business Council for free business counseling and advice on grants and loans
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Coming up!  Stay tuned

restaurant funding is coming up soon.  Hope to have some details in April.  We’ll let you know as soon as possible when we have any details.  In the meantime, what you need to get ready is your taxes and your books for profit and loss statements.  See attached for some preliminary information.

This program will be run directly through the SBA with funds coming from the Federal Government rather than through banks. When the application process opens up, priority access will be given to minority and women owned businesses.

Grants of up to $5M per restaurant will be made. Restaurants, bars, taverns, food trucks, etc. are eligible to apply. These grants can be used for virtually any operating expense.

In order to be prepared to apply, the following steps are recommended asap…

1). Go to the following website and apply for a free Duns Number…
2). Create a free user account…
3). Get your 2019 and 2020 tax and financial information ready to go

This is a GRANT not a loan, grant funds from this program are tax free
• Maximum eligible amount is equal to Pandemic-related revenue loss which is the difference between 2020 Gross Receipts and 2019 Gross Receipts from business tax returns. (Adjustments to calculation can be made for businesses not in operation for the entirety of 2019 OR newly opened until 2020)
• Maximum grant amount is capped at $5 million per physical location of the business OR $10 million total for multiple locations
• Eligible Entities: Restaurants, Food Trucks, Food Cart/Stand, Caterer, Saloon or Bar, Brewpubs, Tasting Rooms, and licensed alcohol beverage producers where public can be served food or drink. Business owner owns or operates 20 or fewer establishments as of March 13, 2020.
• Not Eligible: Publicly traded companies and applicants to Shuttered Venue Operators grant. • Eligible expenses include: payroll, principal and interest on business mortgage payments, rent, utilities, outdoor seating, PPE, inventory, operating expenses, paid sick leave.
• Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are eligible, however, the grant amount will be reduced by the total PPP amount drawn.
• Special carve outs & Prioritization o $5 billion is available to businesses with gross receipts of $500,000 or less during 2019 o Priority application period – first 21 days will prioritize grants for disadvantaged communities and businesses owned by women, veterans and persons of color.
 • If the business permanently closes before December 31, 2021, all unused funds must be returned to the Treasury


On February 23rd, Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA. The package provides an additional $2 billion – a four-fold increase over the $500 million currently being distributed – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.

Please read below for additional information about each round.

  • Round 3 (waitlisted applicants from Rounds 1 and 2): Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 11th, 2021
    • Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in Rounds 1 and 2 – only existing applicants will be selected. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000
    • Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted
  • Round 4 (non-profit cultural institutions only): Tuesday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
    • Eligible applicants: Only non-profit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Eligible non-profit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to non-profits cultural institutions that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019
  • Round 5: Thursday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 31st
    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, & 3 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 5. New applicants will need to apply at
  • Round 6: Date to be announced soon
    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at

Visit for more eligibility, criteria, and updates.


Grass Valley Downtown Association Newsletter with compilation of financial aid and business resources HERE  Feb 1

and HERE Feb 3

Nevada County Artists Relief Fund

As 2020 draws to a close Nevada County Arts Council is inviting professional artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, to apply for relief funding.

Artists who wish to apply for micro-grants can do so by visiting Nevada County Arts Council’s Artist Relief Fund page at where guidelines and eligibility criteria are outlined, and where a link to apply can be found. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, and the fund will support up to thirty micro-grants for its first round.

In addition to its Artist Relief Fund, Nevada County Arts Council is simultaneously running two other initiatives, both connected with its work in support of Nevada County’s two California Cultural Districts during the pandemic. Shopping with Artists is a local, online shopping experience designed for a holiday season like none other, at the same time as supporting local professional artists.  Artists in Storefronts is a revitalization project bringing to life six otherwise vacant storefronts with the work of eleven artists.

Nevada County Exits Stay Home Order into Purple Tier 1`/12/21


The State has lifted the Regional Stay Home Order for the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Nevada County. Due to Nevada County’s current daily average of COVID-19 cases and positivity rate, Nevada County will be exiting the Stay Home Order into the Widespread Purple Tier.

Although this is welcome news that our ICU capacity is projected to be above 15%, Nevada County remains well into the Widespread Purple Tier with significant business modifications. Nevada County Public Health continues to thank the community for wearing a mask, being mindful of social distancing and refraining from social gatherings. Together, we can stop the surge to save lives and work towards lowering our daily COVID-19 cases and positivity rate which may allow us to move into the less restrictive Red Tier.

Moving into the Widespread Purple Tier

As we move back into the Widespread Purple Tier, some businesses will be able to reopen with modifications. Most notably, these are:

  • Hair Salons/Barbershops/Personal Care: Open with modifications in the Purple Tier
  • Hotels and Lodging: Open with modifications in the Purple Tier
  • Movie Theaters: Outdoor only with modifications in Purple Tier
  • Wineries: Outdoor only with modifications in the Purple Tier
  • Restaurants: Outdoor dining with modifications allowed in Purple Tier

Find a summary of the differences between the State’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” tier system on California Department of Public Health’s website.

City of Grass Valley

Covid Business Resources HERE

and HERE


Sierra Business Council for free counseling HERE

Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Sierra SBDCServing Modoc, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and Plumas County.  Free classes HERE

Norcal SBDC Finance Center Presents: Disaster Relief Loan Updates & CASEFORCE, starting a Facebook page for your business, and more.

Businesses can now get their applications prepared for when the first round opens on December 30 and closes on January 8.
Lendistry was selected as the administrator of the grant.
To help you know what to do to prepare to apply,  SBDC will host daily webinars at 11:00 a.m. Click HERE to register and info.
The Grant Program
Eligibility Requirements
What the funding can be used for
The Application
Required Documents
Who to Contact for Assistance

Energy Action Plan Survey HERE

The Resilience Fund


The Resilience Fund was created for the community, by the community to provide rapid assistance to local small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Sierra Business Council and local investors, we can help you navigate all of the available resources to help your business survive this unexpected crisis.

Business requesting assistance must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Be for-profit, independently owned local businesses
  • Have no more than 25 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a physical establishment within the Truckee Tahoe Airport District geography. Home-based businesses will be considered, however priority given to retail, restaurant and service businesses with a storefront.
  • Have been in operation with proven revenues as of March 1, 2020


Alliance for Workforce Development

Read info HERE

Virtual Job Fair for Employers and Employees, Jan 20th, 2021 10am-1pm

January 20, 2021 | 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Please join us for our first Virtual Job Fair! Registration for this event is free.

Employers: Click here for details


Job Seekers: Click here for details



Nevada County

Purple Tier information

If you missed 12/4/20 County Community Information webinar here’s the link: HERE

Covid Business Alliance Meeting Recording here

12/3/20 California has introduced a regional Stay-at-Home Order today for counties whose regional hospital systems fall under 15% ICU capacity. Nevada County is included in the Greater Sacramento Region which is currently (as of 12/3) at 22% according to the State’s website: CA’s regional Stay at Home order will be implemented 24 hours after there is less than 15% ICU capacity & remain in effect in a county if the region’s ICU capacity projection is less than 15%.
Watch the Governor’s press conference on YouTube at:

Add your business/non-profit to the “Spread Thanks, not COVID” listing via YubaNet 

Click HERE

November 19, 2020 – Nevada County businesses and non-profits are invited to fill out [a] short form and be added to the listing of local businesses keeping their staff and the community safe this holiday season [click on link above].

Give the community an opportunity to shop safely and support our local economy! We will promote the listing, doing our part to keep the community safe and dollars local.

Nevada County Relief Fund


Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an allocation of $100,000 to support small, locally-owned businesses most impacted by the State’s orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Apply today! Applications close Jan 6th, and awards will be announced by Jan 15th.Visit Nevada County Relief Fund at

to donate, to apply, for information

  • This grant is NOT first-come, first-served, so please take your time.
  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline of 6:00 PM PT on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. There will be no exceptions, so please plan accordingly.

List of Nevada County Business Information and Resources HERE

Please make sure to read eligibility requirement and read the entire APPLY page all the way to the bottom.


No Cost PPE for Small Businesses

Apply HERE while supplies last

The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners, with 25 employees or less, masks and hand sanitizer at no cost. This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been made available to California small businesses through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA).

PPE will be available for pick up in Western Nevada County at two locations: the Nevada County Contractors Association and the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. In Truckee, small businesses may pick up PPE from the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

To request PPE, small business owners must complete an online application in advance to apply, click one of the application buttons above.

After completing the online PPE request form, small businesses may print their confirmation email, or display their confirmation email when picking up PPE. Small businesses may send a family member, volunteer, or employee as a proxy to pick up the protective equipment. Please complete one form per business only. Hand sanitizer and surgical masks will be available while supplies last.




New parking for Downtown on Mill and Main Streets

2 new ADA parking spots and 10 more new spots available for customers at Church St lot.

In an effort to make pick-up easier for our restaurants and retailers the City posted signs to allow for some parking places on Mill and Main Streets to be either 15 minutes or 30 minutes long. We hope that this will make it easier for the Downtown Customers to be able to pick up their food or merchandise from the stores that are offering curbside pick up for merchandise or to go food.

Also if you or any of your employees are working in your business the City and GVDA would ask that you don’t park your cars on Mill or Main. Please leave these space open for the convenience of the Downtown customers. Please utilize the City lots to park in and leave the street parking for those that are picking up.

If you have any questions feel free to call me at the office, 530-272-8315. If you have any questions for the City please feel free to call Mayor, Lisa Swarthout 530-274-4315.

Thank you all for your cooperation.

Main Street Forward

main street america logo

Now more than ever, Main Street leaders have a crucial role to play in supporting small businesses, maintaining quality of life, and ultimately restoring the vitality of commercial districts. We are here to support you.

Our new COVID-19 recovery-oriented resource center, Main Street Forwardoffers a wide range of free resources, including recovery planning tools, guidance as it relates to Four Point activities, research, advocacy efforts, and best practices and examples from around the Network.

Together we will move Main Street Forward.

Business Resilience Tool Kit

business resilience toolkit

While this kit was created for phase 2 reopening, there are many resources still useful for business owners.

Download the Business Resilience Tool Kit

Signs for Businesses

shop local safely logo

Download the Open Sign Grass Valley

Nevada County Relief Fund

nevada county relief fund

Apply or donate here:

Covid Community Alliance

covid community alliance
Who is open and practicing best practices? Go to Covid Community Alliance

Shop local, shop safely, be kind and tolerant

Coronavirus Updates

All members of the community are encouraged to consider how personal behavior can help move Nevada County to the next tier ranking.  Individual action will lead to collective mitigation that will shift the county’s tier status and our collective behavior this weekend matters. Wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and getting tested can help move Nevada County from Tier 2 to Tier 3 and support decreased modifications to business operations.

For more information visit:

Face Coverings

masks make a difference

Find shareable flyers on Nevada County website on:

Masks Make a Difference Fact Sheet in English (Nevada County Public Health)
Masks Make a Difference Fact Sheet in Spanish (Nevada County Public Health)

Contact the County to ask questions at

Business Resources

Join the Collaborative Resources for Nevada County Small Businesses 

Resources, support, and information for small businesses in Nevada County. Creating community to work together to overcome the unique challenges we face in this region.

Sierra Business Council

Sierra Small Business Development Center Norther California Network

211 Connecting Point  

Call 211 on your phone for information about anything 24 hours a day or visit their website


Please use this resource link, Virtual Shop & Support Local – Nevada County, CA , or who is doing online shops, deliveries, call in orders, offers.  This will be a real time link to what is happening in this fluid time.

We encourage everyone to support our local businesses as much as possible.  Our local business community has been so faithful in supporting so many worthy causes – we are partners in helping to get through this crisis.  All of us.

The most important thing is to take care of yourself and those you love. As always, we are encouraged and inspired by the great spirit of our community. This fuels all of us to do our best. Thank you for making a difference.

With Gratitude,

Your Grass Valley Downtown Association Team

Customer Code of Conduct

The Sierra SBDC offers free one-on-one consulting topics, including strategic planning, cash flow management, feasibility, social media, site selection, marketing, operations, human resources, and other specialty programs for small businesses and startups in the service area.

If you are a small business or local entrepreneur in need of assistance, please reach out to us today by calling or emailing Jessica Carr, the Sierra SBDC Associate Director, at 530.582.5022 or

A foundational program of Sierra Business Council’s work in Economic Empowerment, the Sierra SBDC provides free consulting and training to help new and existing businesses in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra, Plumas, Modoc, and Lassen counties.

Free Business Counseling

Requirements & Guidance for Retail. Restaurant, Office, Manufacture Stage 2 Businesses

Assistance to small businesses and employers


California and the federal government are providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This includes:

Tax relief, including deferrals and credits
Providing capital to the California Rebuilding Fund to support small business loans
$50 million in state funding for the Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and $50 million for the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program via IBank to provide loans to underserved small businesses
Small Business Debt Relief for existing Small Business Administration (SBA) borrowers
Federal small business stimulus programs like Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans
State-supported small business centers that provide direct assistance from a local advisor
Authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters.

and go to
for all the information for:
* Employer policies and resources
* Financial assistance
* Technical assistance for small businesses
* Labor and workforce support for businesses
* Questions and answers

State’s ongoing support throughout the pandemic can be found here

Trusted information sources

for valid updates, resources:, , 211 to stay tuned.

Those resources include information about SBA Loans, and EDD Unemployment, testing etc. at

News Sources  and The Union  


All Nevada County updates at 

MyNevadaCounty has a list of resources for EDD, SBA loans, and an extensive list of resources and updates.

Nevada County FB site at

Subscribe to newsletters from the County at

Stay up to date on the State Information at Employment and Taxes

Updates from Governor Newsom’s office