• Applicants shall be Butte County residents operating for-profit businesses physically located and operating within Butte County with a demonstrated economic need as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • Grants will be limited to one grant per business entity.
  • Businesses must have 20 full time equivalent employees (FTE) or less.  Self-employed business owners are eligible (30+ hour per week equals 1.0 FTE; a part-time employee working 29 hours or less per week equals 0.5 FTE).
  • Businesses located within the city limits of Chico must have 100 full time equivalent employees (FTE) or less.  Self-employed business owners are eligible (30+ hour per week equals 1.0 FTE; a part-time employee working 29 hours or less per week equals 0.5 FTE).
  • To be eligible for grant funding, debt obligation cannot be incurred prior to March 3, 2021. Business applicant will need to provide statement(s) or billing(s) showing amounts due for which this grant could directly pay (i.e., name and contact information for landlord, etc.).
  • Business applicant must have no outstanding local, state, federal tax liens nor judgements.  If this is applicable, business must upload documentation of their current payment plan.
  • Applicants must have no bankruptcies within the last three years; bankruptcies must have a discharge date dating back at least (3) years at time of grant application. Verified through credit check. No minimum credit score required.
  • No member of the governing body and no official, employee or agent of the local government, nor any other person may either for themselves or those with whom they have business or immediate family ties, who exercises policy or decision making responsibilities in connection with the planning and implementation of the program, shall directly or indirectly be eligible for this program.
  • It must be demonstrated and certified that the business has been in operation since March 1, 2020.
  • For communities that require a business license (Chico, Gridley, Biggs, Oroville, and Paradise), applicants must show evidence of a current license.
  • Applicants must attest to:
    • Their business adhering to all local, Federal and State guidance related to COVID-19.
    • Not using these grant funds for the same purpose as other federal, state, or local funding received, such as the Payment Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, or other state and local grants, as this would constitute a duplication of benefits under federal guidelines.
    • Grant funds being utilized for expenditures directly related to impacts from COVID-19.
  • Applications will be accepted electronically during a 3-week period.
  • Selections are NOT made on a first come first serve basis.  After the three-week application period, eligible businesses will be chosen to receive a grant on a lottery basis, with allocations on a per jurisdiction level as follows:

Biggs

$ 0
2%

Chico

$ 0

* Includes $855,606 or 60% of Butte County's funds and $946,910 from the City of Chico

Gridley

$ 0
8%

Oroville

$ 0
15%

Paradise

$ 0
5%

Unincorporated Area

$ 0
10%

*Note: Percentage split between jurisdictions is based on an analysis of April 2020 Dun & Bradstreet data. 

  • If there are not adequate applicants to fill the per-jurisdiction allocation for any single jurisdiction at the end of the three-week application period, then businesses will be chosen randomly from the remaining businesses within the lottery pool.
  • After the initial lottery draw, those businesses within the city limits of Chico with 20 or fewer employees that were NOT selected by the first lottery draw, and those business within the city limit of Chico with 21-100 employees will be chosen randomly from a second lottery draw.