COVID Business Resources & Services


(Page updated: April 21, 2021) 


Currently, Mariposa County is in the ORANGE tier under the Blueprint for Safer Economy Guidance. Click here to find guidance for your specific industry sector.

Question of short term rentals? Check out the revised Health Officer Order for Short Term Rentals that was released on January 15th, 2021

SBA is preparing to offer the following:

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

SBA aims to open the portal by the end of the week of April 18, 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Sign up to receive email alerts from SBA as additional information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund becomes available.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The portal to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) opened on January 11th, 2021 at 9:00 AM and the deadline was extended to May 31, 2021

If you did not apply for a PPP in 2020, you would be in the First Draw of this rounds. First Draw Applications can be accessed by CLICKING HERE

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

  • PPP loans have an interest rate of 1%.
  • Loans issued before June 5 have a maturity of 2 years. Loans issued after June 5 have a maturity of 5 years.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for borrowers who apply for loan forgiveness until SBA remits the borrower's loan forgiveness amount to the lender. If a borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, payments are deferred 10 months after the end of the covered period for the borrower’s loan forgiveness (either 8 weeks or 24 weeks).
  • No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
  • Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

How To Apply

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. 

If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download the following PPP borrower application forms to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender:

Supplemental Materials

 Affiliation Rules

California Small Business COVID Relief Grant Program

Governor Newsom announced a new relief grant for small businesses and non-profits that will be administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). This grant will award up to $25,000 to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the State of California by early 2021. This fund has made 2.1 billion dollars available to our state's small businesses. To remain up to date on when this grant will be available, please click here.

The  SIXTH AND FINAL ROUND application portal will open Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:00am and close Tuesday, April 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm -

Notifications will begin Friday, May 7th

Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or nonprofits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria.

Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $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 on this website.

Click here to be directed to the application portal. 

To work with a partner, Mariposa County businesses can go to:

UC Merced SBDC - (209) 228-3506  
Rick Leibowitz -

Access Capital – (559) 263-1351
Tate Hill -

California’s Women’s Business Center Network – Contact the Capital location
(916) 442-1729

California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) -
(800) 776-4226

California Rebuilding Fund - $12.5 Million added

Governor Newsom announced 12.5 Million dollars had been added making $25 Million available to help those small businesses impacted. For more information on these funding opportunities, visit:

Tax Relief Available

For information on Tax Relief please click here

SAFE (Safety & Freedom Enhancement) Program Application


The County is pleased to offer local businesses an opportunity to apply for the SAFE (Safety and Freedom Enhancement) program, which will provide reimbursements for purchases related to COVID-related safety measures incurred after September 10th.

The purpose of the business relief program is to assist Mariposa County businesses in meeting the enhanced safety guidelines outlined in the governor’s road map to reopening California.

The County realizes that the safety guidelines could come with additional future costs to the businesses who might already have experienced months of lost revenue and out-of-pocket costs to create innovative solutions to stay in business. The SAFE Program could help alleviate the burden for costs incurred between September 10, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Apply today, if you're a local business owner. Limited funding is available.

Program details, criteria, and eligibility can be found here. (PDF)

Submit your Application Online


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a law meant to address the economic fallout of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act


The U.S. Small Business Administration approved a disaster relief loan program for small businesses and non-profits in Mariposa County that have been impacted by COVID-19. The deadline has been extended to 12/31/2021. To apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications, go to
Call: (800) 659-2955
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

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For further Business Resources and Services, please select a subcategory by using the menu on the left side of the page, or click on the links below.

We’ll continue to update the Business Resources section as more information becomes available.

Business Sector Resources

CA State Guidance Documents

Business Sector Webinars

Febrile Respiratory Illness (FRI) Screening Tool

The Mariposa Chamber of Commerce website also has a COVID-19 section with additional information and resources for businesses in Mariposa.