The County of Kings announces the availability of up to $5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding. Pursuant to section 601(a) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the CARES Act, local governments are authorized to provide funding for “expenditures related to the provision of grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures . . . .” This new program is intended to provide resources to Kings County small businesses that have suffered significant negative impacts due to the shutdown orders issued in furtherance of public health. The County of Kings is dedicated to the support, stabilization, and growth of local businesses. An examination of similar programs in other areas of California has indicated that assistance grants have had a positive effect on mitigating the detrimental effects of shutdown orders on small businesses. This Notice of Availability of Funds (NOFA) is the second program undertaken by the County of Kings to provide direct relief to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The first program “Helping Hand” provided $75,000 in grant funding to small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Twenty Kings County small businesses received Helping Hand awards to help mitigate the costs of reopening. Please review the application for more information regarding eligibility and funding.
Please visit the State Health Department Page for a better understanding of our County Tier system, what Tier we are in, and what it means for businesses to open. The stats are updated every Tuesday.
Below are links to multiple resources to help you and your business better understand Covid19. If any further assistance is needed from your Chamber during this time please call the office to schedule an appointment.