September 23, 2023
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Last day to apply for pandemic relief grants in Ventura County; Guadalupe offers startup assistance


The application window for Ventura County’s COVID-19 assistance grant program to help businesses and nonprofit organizations will close at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2.

Ventura County launched its fourth COVID-19 assistance grant program for businesses and nonprofits that did not receive a grant during the county’s prior business programs. Ventura County-based businesses and nonprofits may be eligible for a $10,000 grant award, according to the county.

Applicants will need to provide a photo ID, tax returns from 2019 or 2020, proof of physical address in Ventura County, and a signed and dated Internal Revenue Service Form W-9. Nonprofits must show an IRS determination letter.

More information, including the eligibility criteria and the application, is available at


Technical and financial assistance is available for people looking to start a business in the city of Guadalupe in Santa Barbara County.

City officials announced Sept. 1 that the city received $250,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant economic development funding to support local businesses and Guadalupe residents desiring to start a business.

The nonprofit Los Amigos de Guadalupe will work in partnership with the city to offer micro-enterprise businesses or individuals with technical services and possibly financial assistance services, according to City Administrator Todd Bodem.

Technical assistance includes a business assessment and business-related classes and one-on-one coaching to help business owners or people looking to start a business increase their knowledge about running a successful business, Bodem said in a statement. The training, counseling, coaching and other education will be provided at no cost.

“Once the business owners or individuals looking to start a business complete the technical assistance, they could be eligible for financial assistance in the form of loans, grants, or a combination of both,” Bodem said.

To participate in the program, businesses must be located in the city of Guadalupe and have an active business license. People hoping to start a business must reside within the city of Guadalupe boundaries, according to Los Amigos de Guadalupe.

For more information, email Bodem at, or visit