Click here to listen to a recording of our informational webinar, and download the presentation slides here.
Background and Purpose
Seeing the need of local businesses in the wake of the Hill and Woolsey Fires, as well as the Borderline shooting, Women’s Economic Ventures, in partnership with Wells Fargo, is making $5,000 and $10,000 grants to help small businesses recover from the economic impacts of these events. Grant funds may be used generally to support a business’ recovery efforts (e.g. expanding markets, increasing revenues, increasing resilience and risk management). WEV will award approximately 30 grants.
Eligibility To be eligible for a Business Recovery Grant, businesses must:
Be an established business (able to show at least 18 months of business financial activity) with less than $1.5 million in annual revenues
Be able to demonstrate and quantify the economic impact of the Hill and Woolsey fires (or Borderline shooting) on their business
Preference will be given to applicants who meet Wells Fargo’s definition of a diverse small business: a small business owned by someone who is female, Hispanic, Latino, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Multiracial, a veteran, or LGBT. Non profits are eligible to apply.
Applications will be accepted until 5pm on April 15th, 2019. An online application is preferred. Alternatively you may download a Word version of the application via a link on this page or pick up a hard copy of the application at one of the designated drop-off locations listed below beginningApril 1st.
Important Dates March 20th: Informational webinar held (5:30 pm). Click here to listen to a recording of the webinar. March 21st, 9:30-11:30 am – WEV staff available in-person to provide information at the EDC Camarillo (4001 Mission Oaks Blvd)
April 1st: Application period opens, application made available online April 15th: Application deadline May 15th: Grant awards announced June 1st: Grant agreements signed and funds disbursed
All documents below must be submitted online or mailed/delivered in person to a designated drop-off location below by 5pm on April 15th, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You may also email your application and attachments to [email protected].
◊ Completed grant application form
◊ 2016 and 2017 business tax returns (personal returns will be accepted in lieu of business returns)
◊ 2017 and 2018 business financial statements (i.e. profit & loss account, balance sheet, and/or statement of liabilities)If you do not have financial statements,click hereto download a fillable template.
◊ Copy of driver’s license or other government-issued I.D.
Designated drop-off locations for hard-copy applications:
WEV Santa Barbara Office – 333 S. Salinas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
WEV Ventura Office – 290 Maple Court, Suite 268, Ventura, CA 93003
EDC – Camarillo, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Ste. B, Camarillo, CA 93012, 805-901-9159