San Diego County Providing Additional Grants to Small Businesses

Local small business and restaurant owners suffering financial losses due to COVID-19 can now apply for a grant from the County of San Diego.    For-profit and nonprofit businesses are eligible for a San Diego County Small Business Stimulus Grant if they can show losses are a direct result of the pandemic. To qualify businesses must have:

  • 100 or fewer employees
  • Headquarters in San Diego County
  • A minimum 1-year operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020
  • Documentation of financial hardship because of COVID-19

Businesses are urged to apply early. For more information and the application, visit

Small Business Relief Grant
Offered to Businesses with 25 or less Employees

Small businesses provide some of the defining characteristics of the Encinitas community and have been hit hard during the recent global pandemic.The City of Encinitas received a portion of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation from the County of San Diego which is part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.These funds have been provided to the City of Encinitas specifically to provide relief from costs and hardship based on the City’s response to the Coronavirus.This funding also provides support for local businesses that have been affected by the Public Health Directives and had to close or substantially reduce services of non-essential businesses.

To assist small local businesses with these funds, the Encinitas City Council approved an expenditure of $500,000 during the June 10, 2020 City Council meeting, to provide direct assistance to businesses within the City that have 25 or fewer employees.On a first come, first served basis, 200 local businesses will receive a grant of $2,500 to be used as rent or mortgage payments, inventory support, working capital, or payroll costs.

Click HERE for a direct link to a fillable application. The City will begin accepting applications on June 25. For information or questions, please contact Patrick Piatt, Senior Management Analyst, at (760) 633-2613 by phone or [email protected] by email. 

County Relaxes Restrictions for Restaruants and Allows Some Openings 

On May 20, 2020, The Governor approved the San Diego County request to allow some dine-in restaurants and retail stores to reopen.  Some restrictions still remain but this is a positive step for the City of Encinitas businesses and their customers.  To read more and to submit your business plan to the County please follow this link 

Reopening for Business Webinar

If your business is ready to reopen after COVID-19, you will need an effective communication plan to spread the word to customers. Preparing a communication strategy for announcing your reopening. Customers need to be confident that the businesses they patronize have created a protected environment to which they can safely return. Sign up for the webinar on May 20 here.  


Pivoting to Online Selling: Six Tips for Success During COVID-19 Webinar

The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced small business owners everywhere to re-evaluate their business models and pivot to selling online instead of in their brick-and-mortar shops.

This 90-minute workshop is designed for the novice technologist, and will present six steps to success, including determining feasibility of selling online, building your online storefront, leveraging online marketplaces, developing social media marketing and more!

If you are curious about setting up an online presence but have never tested those waters, check out this free workshop for Encinitas businesses sponsored by the City of Encinitas, Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, Cardiff MainStreet 101, Encinitas MainStreet 101, and Leucadia MainStreet 101. Click here for the recording.

California Resources

California has a one-stop website for COVID-19 business and employer resources.

These specific items may be of interest to local businesses and employees:

  • Apply for unemployment
  • Apply for disability benefits
  • Apply for paid family leave