The Butte Business Stabilization Small Business Grant Program II (BBSPII) is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. These grant funds are necessary to assist Butte County businesses with costs associated with the impacts of business closures, the costs associated with adherence to local requirements for safe business operations, and the financial impacts due to loss of revenue as a result of COVID-19.
Butte County will provide grants of up to $10,000 to for-profit businesses with twenty (20) or fewer full time equivalent (FTE) employees. Eligible applications will be pooled by the six jurisdictions (Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Paradise, Oroville, and Unincorporated area of Butte County), and grant awardees will be selected by a lottery system for each jurisdiction’s allocated amounts. The total amount allocated by Butte County for the BBSPII grant program is $1,500,000. This amount will support approximately 150 small business grants for companies located and operating within Butte County.
The City of Chico has extended the pool of available funds for businesses located within the city limits of Chico by allocating an additional $1,000,000 to the BBSPII program and will support businesses with up to one hundred (100) full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. This amount will provide approximately 100 small business grants for businesses located and operating within the city limits of Chico. Businesses with twenty or fewer FTE will first be chosen by lottery to be funded through the County’s allocated amount. Those not selected as well as all remaining Chico applicants with one hundred or fewer FTE will be selected by a separate lottery pick.
The grant program will pay directly, or reimburse businesses and debtors, for unpaid liabilities and obligations that are a barrier to reopening and/or staying open, and that were incurred after March 3, 2021. Grant funds may be used to cover business operational expenses that put the business at risk of closure or layoffs. Examples include:
Eligible uses also include costs associated with implementing COVID-19 prevention or mitigation tactics, such as physical distancing, barriers, or enhanced cleaning.