Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19


Resources and guidelines for safely reopening

Some businesses are not permitted to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak. These are stressful times. Together we can get through this.

Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

Marin County has launched a variety of working groups, comprised of industry professionals, to advise and support the reopening of local businesses. This process is driven by monitoring public health and behavior, business input and expertise, and adherence to the latest public health requirements to move forward with a safe, economically sound, and socially sensitive recovery and reopening plan for industries and businesses throughout the County.

An overview of Marin's business reopenings to date can be accessed online.

COVID-19 Financial Resources for Businesses

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) through SBA

  • Open until December 31, 2021
  • Not forgivable, loans up to $2M
  • Use of funds: Working capital, inventory, fixed debt payments and other normal businesses expenses
  • Apply directly through SBA

Paycheck Protection Program ( PPP) through a Lending Organization

  • Open until March 31, 2021
  • Forgivable, loans up to $2M
  • Use of funds: Payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utility expenses
  • Apply through SBA approved lenders

CA Rebuilding Fund through CDFIs

  • Open now with no end date listed
  • Not forgivable, up to $100K loan
  • Use of funds: working capital, inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines, operating and emergency maintenance, property taxes, utilities, rent, supplies, and other appropriate business purposes
  • Apply through approved CDFI (Community Development Financial Institutions) lenders

CA Relief Grant Program

  • 2nd Round open February 2 – February 8
  • Grant administrator and fund distributor is Lendistry
  • Apply in conjunction with a local partner organization
  • One time grant based on annual gross income - $5,000 - $25,000

Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant from SBA

  • Not live yet (coming soon)
  • Up to $10M one-time grant
  • Open only for specific businesses: live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria, motion picture theater operators, talent representatives, and each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
  • Must have been in operation as of Feb. 29, 2020
  • Venue or promoter must not have received a PPP loan on or after Dec. 27, 2020
  • Apply directly through SBA

Marin County Small Business Fund

  • Not live yet (coming soon)
  • Up to $10,000 grants and interest-free loans of no more than $50,000
  • Open to small businesses with low-income owners and/or businesses with 50% or more employees being low-income
  • Apply directly through MEDA

Additional Business Resources

Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

If you are a small business, you are able to receive no cost expert support with any of your loan/grant applications. Please contact Marin SBDC for guidance and assistance by calling 415-482-1819 or sign up on the SBDC website.

Marin County Environmental Health - Licensing Fees

Marin County Environmental Health Services is waiving all late penalties on licensing fees for food facility and body art facilities/practitioners. If you have a financial hardship contact Environmental Health at 415-473-6907 to work out an installment payment plan with deferral of fee balances extended until June 30, 2021.

Job Loss

If you have lost your job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California has launched Onward CA, a one-stop resource guide for Californians impacted by job loss during this crisis to help you get back to work as quickly as possible.  Onward CA consists of a coalition of companies, foundations, and humans who want to help; help you get money or groceries or child care; help you upskill, reskill, or refresh; and help you land a great new job.

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