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Small Business Loan Program

The Small Business Recovery Program will provide up to $25,000 in forgivable loans and technical assistance to businesses and nonprofits located in the City of Sacramento to financially assist local businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Small Business Recovery Program will be funded by $10 million of the $89 million the City received from the federal stimulus bill, known as the CARES Act.

The application period will be open from Monday, June 29 through Monday, July 13. 

Once the application window closes, applications will be screened using specific criteria followed by a lottery/random draw. Funding is expected to be disbursed to selected businesses/nonprofits in early August.

Businesses interested in learning more about the loan program are encouraged to call the Small Business Hotline at (916) 808-7196 or


  • Up to $25,000 per business/nonprofit in a forgivable loan.
  • Available for businesses or nonprofits with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTE) as of March 1, 2020 — part-time employees are included within a FTE calculation.
  • Funds may be used to cover the day-to-day operating expenses of the business/nonprofit such as payroll, rent, inventory, insurance and equipment for technological improvements.


  • For-profit, independently owned local business and non-profits with up to 25 FTE
  • Physical establishment within the City of Sacramento
  • Home-based businesses/nonprofits that have more than 3 FTE and child-care businesses 
  • Locally controlled franchises are allowed as long as the franchise owner/controlling interest owns less than 3 franchises in the City 
  • Evidence of current City of Sacramento Business Operations Tax Certificate (BOTC) (if required by City requirements for BOTC) at time of execution of loan agreement 
  • Business/nonprofit must have been in business 12 months as of March 1, 2020
  • Annual business/nonprofit revenues less than $3 million gross revenue
  • Demonstrated hardship such as a loss in revenue due to COVID-19 health restrictions


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To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Sacramento restaurants and their employees, the City of Sacramento will assist restaurants in temporarily adding or expand their outside dining options to accommodate COVID-19 related health standards.  This will assist with business reopening and allow patrons to enjoy Sacramento’s dining options safely under Sacramento’s summer skies.

Program Overview

  • Restaurants may provide new or expanded dining facilities in the following locations:
    • In private parking lots adjacent to the restaurant
    • On sidewalks or public on-street parking spaces in front of the restaurant  
  • Dining facilities provided in private parking lots do not require City permits
  • Dining facilities provided on sidewalks or public on-street parking spaces require an Encroachment Permit, issued by the Department of Public Works. 
  • Property Business Improvement District (PBID) and Chambers of Commerce (Chambers) are encouraged to coordinate and submit a single application or groups of applications for participating restaurants within their jurisdiction
    • The City will offset some of the administrative costs incurred by PBIDs and Chambers that coordinate multiple applications into one permit for use of public sidewalks/streets by providing a 5% administrative reimbursement based on the total amount of financial assistance provided to the organization’s participating restaurants
  • All new or expanded outdoor dining facilities must comply with applicable Sacramento County Environmental Health, Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC), and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirements and regulations.  


  • Independently or locally owned franchise restaurant within the City of Sacramento
  • Current City of Sacramento Business Operations Tax Certificate (BOTC) and in operation as of May 26, 2020.  


  • The City will provide up to $3,000 per participating restaurant for expenses related to the new or expanded outdoor dining service.   
  • Grant funds can be used to cover any physical improvements that are needed for outside dining including barricades, lighting, and dining furnishings. 
  • Funding will be on a reimbursement basis and will require execution of a Grant Agreement. 

For questions on the Farm to Fork al Fresco Program email us at or call our Small Business Hotline at (916) 808-7196. 

Apply Here

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SBP Emergency Micro-Grant Program


 The Stockton Blvd Community Development Corporation, in partnership with the Stockton Blvd Partnership raised funds for those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which facilitated the distribution thirty one (31) $1,000 grants to small service oriented businesses (e.g. restaurants, retail stores, auto services, hair and nail salons) located along within the Stockton Blvd Property and Business Improvement District (Click here to see map).  At this time, we no longer have funds available to grant additional awards. However, we continue to seeking funding to provide additional grants. If you would like to support our efforts please donate HERE.


  • Person applying must have ownership of said business.
  • Business must be located within the Stockton Blvd PBID Boundaries.
  • Business must be an independently owned and operated, bricks-and-mortar establishment; Franchise/National Chains Do NOT qualify.
  • Business must use the grant money for direct costs (i.e. payroll, rent, utilities, or essential supplies).
  • Business must be a legal entity as defined by the State of California.
  • Business must have annual revenue of $500,000 or less

Seventeen (17) of thirty (30) grants will be given specifically to minority-owned businesses through the Donate4Sacramento Fund and must meet the following qualifying criteria:

  • Must be a minority-owned business residing in the Stockton Blvd Property and Business Improvement district and must be at least 51% minority-owned

 Verifiable Documents Needed

  • Copy of bills in which you intend to pay with grant funds (Most recent copy available is fine)
  • Copy of Business License
  • IRS W-9 Form  


  • Once application is received it  will be vetted and approved by the Stockton Blvd Community Development Corporation Board of Directors and will be awarded, based on eligibility and availability of funds.
  • Once identified, business recipients will be notified of their $1,000 grant award.
  • Selected businesses will be asked to validate eligibility criteria, as requested.

To apply, you must be a licensed and independent service oriented a brick and mortar storefront that offers on service within the Stockton Blvd Property and Business Improvement boundaries. Grants will be provided as long as funds are available, up to $1,000 per grant. Depending on the demand, we unfortunately may not be able to fund all requests.

The application will remain open, but does not guarantee additional funding will be acquired.  If you are awarded funds you will be notified no later than seven (7) days after you submitted your application. Please DO NOT CALL TO SEE IF YOU WERE AWARDED FUNDS! Funds continue to be raised so additional resources may become available. Again, we will fund on a first come/first served basis to businesses that meet the qualifying criteria. 


 Name of Awardees
 (Updated on June 25, 2020)
Funded by Sacramento Inclusive Economic Development Collaboration (SacIEDC)/Donate4Sacramento:
Pho Anh
Pho Bac Hoa Viet
Pegasus Bakery and Cafe
Dat Thanh Restaurant
Su Van Pure Water and Drinks
Codo Deli
Oba Japanese Kitchen
Bamboo Noodle House
Alonzo’s Coffee Shop
Yang’s Noodle
Cafe Colonial
Pho King 2
Long Sandwich & Restaurant
Pho Bolsa Restaurant
Annie’s Hair & Nails
Tacos La Tortilleria
Funded by SBCDC/SBP/Go Fund Me:
Pizza House
King Palace
Happy Garden
Long Island Ice Cream
PF Flowers
Papadopoulas Flowers
Inagar Wholesale Beauty Supply
LP Dental Care
Seafood House Quan
Express Graphics
Legendz Barbershop
Bohdi Print Center
Fine Cuts Beauty Salon
Dan W. Fong DDS