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Ventura County Rapid Response Fund

Held at Ventura County Community Foundation

Economic Stabilization and Recovery Program for Businesses


“The pandemic has created both a health and economic crisis. The critical programs launched by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors
have been carefully designed to help mitigate the devastating impacts to our local businesses and residents. We know that this is not enough to meet all the needs but it is our hope that these funds will help with recovery so that our businesses can survive, and families can stay in their homes.”
– Mike Powers, County Executive Officer

The Economic Stabilization and Recovery Program for Businesses will provide vital grant funding to local businesses, and was developed in consultation with the Economic Development Collaborative, Women’s Economic Ventures and the Ventura County Community Foundation.

The main features of this program include grants of $5,000 each for small businesses located in Ventura County to alleviate impacts from COVID-19 for allowed uses such as payroll support, rent and lease payments, costs for personal protective equipment, purchases related to the operation of their businesses, and extraordinary business expenses for adhering to compliance protocols for reopening (e.g., cleaning services, signage, customer interface capabilities, additional security, etc.).

Please note: Eligibility is limited to businesses with no more than $2 million in annual revenue in either of the two prior years.

To apply for this funding, please apply using the orange button below.

Get Started

If you are a small business owner seeking assistance, please schedule an appointment directly with an EDC SBDC Client Service Specialist and click on the “Make An Appointment” box. An EDC SBDC Client Service Specialist will schedule a personal appointment to help walk you through the process. To access the COVID-19 Business Resources Guide, please click here.

Need Help?

Please visit Economic Development Collaborative’s COVID-19 Business Resource Page and click on the “Make An Appointment” box.

Seeking Emotional Wellness and Mental Health Support?

Give an Hour offers ongoing, no cost emotional wellness and mental health support groups using an online platform. Groups are available in both English and Spanish. These facilitated peer support services aim to address the mental health and emotional well-being needs of our community as we all deal with the stress and related fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Business Resources from Economic Development Collaborative

To help support the volume of requests for assistance EDC is launching a webinar series to help businesses, non-profits, self-employed individuals and employees navigate the CARES Act and expanded benefits. 

In addition to their webinar series, EDC has created a Business Resource Hotline (805.409.9159) to help answer questions and direct the business and non-profit community to available resources.

Virtual Convenings: 

We are coordinating several virtual meetings. You may register for any of the (3) clinics listed below by registering below.

We will post the Virtual Convening recordings on this site. 

Friday, June 5
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Monday, June 8
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 11
7:00 - 7:30 a.m.

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