Small Business Relief Program

Thank you for your interest in Gilroy’s Small Business Relief Program!

As the impacts of COVID-19 continue, City leaders know that many local small businesses are struggling.  A strong business community fosters strong employees and strong communities. In an effort to help support our local small businesses and our community, the City of Gilroy has established a grant program to support small businesses in these trying times. Businesses operating within the city limits of Gilroy may qualify for a one-time business relief grant using federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. 

Program Information
Grant Applications


Household Income Verification Form
Grant Application - Spanish
Household Income Verification Form


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Grants are based on the number of full-time equivalent employees as of March 17, 2020 (when the Santa Clara County Health Officer issued the initial Shelter-In-Place order):

 Maximum Grant Award:     

  • $5,000 for businesses with 2-10 employees 
  • $10,000 for businesses with 11-25 employees

 Allowed Use of Funds:         

  • Used for working capital (rent, payroll, utilities, inventory, etc.)

Application Period:               

  • May 10, 2022, at 8:00 AM to June 10, 2022, at 5:00 PM

Information Meeting:          

  • To learn more about the program and answer any questions you may have about applying, join us for a virtual meeting (Zoom) on May 25, 2022, at 6:00 PM. Spanish translation will be provided. Join Zoom Meeting at: https://bit.ly/SmallBusinessGrant2022

Application Assistance:             

  • In-person application assistance will be available on June 3, 2022, from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Location TBD. Spanish translation will be provided.

GRANT APPLICATIONS are available at the links above. 

Completed Applications 

Complete Applications will be accepted via online or drop-off, starting on May 10, 2022.  The application period will close on June 10, 2022, at 5:00 PM. No applications will be accepted after 5:00 PM on June 10, 2022.

Online:  Grant applications can be e-mailed directly to Relief.Program@cityofgilroy.org.

By Mail: You can mail your application to the following address:

  • c/o Crystal Zamora, Administration
  • Small Business Grant Application
  • 7471 Monterey Street
  • Gilroy, CA 95020

Drop-Off:  Alternatively, grant applications may be dropped off at City Hall from Monday to Thursday between 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. City Hall is located at 7351 Rosanna Street. Please bring the application to the Information Desk located in the northeast lobby.

If you are having difficulties dropping off the application, please give us a call at 408-846-0219.

Application Eligibility

ALL ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.  Business owners with multiple businesses may only apply for funding assistance for one business or business location.

Qualified applicants must be able to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Operate a permanent physical commercial storefront (open to the public) location within the City of Gilroy;
  • Have a valid City of Gilroy business license at the location for at least one year;
  • Be a for-profit business in good standing (e.g. no outstanding code violations or compliance orders, etc.);
  • Be a business that is not otherwise prohibited or restricted in the City;
  • Have at least 6 months remaining on current lease;
  • Have between 2 and 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees on payroll at the time the initial Santa Clara County Shelter-In-Place order was issued on March 17, 2020;
  • Demonstrate that at least 51% of employees are low-moderate income**;
  • Generate less than $5 million in annual gross receipts; and
  • Demonstrate a financial burden resulting from COVID-19.

 **Updated HUD Income Limits as of 5/1/22. Low-Moderate Income is defined as 80% or below the Area Median Income (AMI), by household size:

Persons in Household12345678
80% AMI$82,450$94,200$106,000$117,750$127,200$136,600$146,050$155,450


Verification and Grant Award Process

All applicants will be required to verify application eligibility and evaluation criteria to finalize the grant agreement. Should any applicant not be able to provide the necessary documentation for verification, they will be removed from the list and will not be considered further.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications received during the application period will be ranked in accordance with certain evaluation criteria. In a tie-breaker situation, priority will be given based on the length of time a business has operated in the City (as evidenced by a valid City business license).

The following criteria will be used to establish a ranking of eligible applications. Each criterion is worth one (1) point:

  • Non-Essential Designation:   Business is an industry designated as non-essential based on the County’s extended Shelter-In-Place order. This includes dine-in restaurants.
  • Job Creation/Preservation:   Business has laid off employee(s) or will lay off imminently.
  • Other Funding:   Business has applied for other financial assistance, such as Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).
  • NRSA Location:   Business is located within the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (see map below). All applicants will be required to verify application eligibility and evaluation criteria to finalize the grant agreement. Should any applicant not be able to provide necessary documentation for verification, they will be removed from the list and will not be considered further.

Required documents for verification may include (as applicable) copies of:

  • W-2 or payroll schedule
  • Current W-9
  • Current City of Gilroy business license
  • Photo identification
  • 2019 Profit & Loss/Income Statement
  • Current Lease Agreement or Deed of Trust
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Household Income Verification Form

 Should grant funding be exhausted, remaining applicants will remain on the waitlist. If more funding becomes available, the City may utilize the waitlist for continuation of the Small Business Relief Program.

  1. City Administration

    Physical Address
    7351 Rosanna St.
    Gilroy, CA 95020

    Phone: 408-846-0202