COVID-19 business relief grant program


**This grant program is no longer accepting applications**

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The City of Alameda has established a COVID-19 business relief grant program to assist small businesses in Alameda with relief from the COVID-19 economic disaster. 

The goal of the COVID-19 grant program is to mitigate barriers to capital for the most vulnerable Alameda small businesses and restaurants by providing one-time emergency working capital grants. Businesses can receive a one-time grant of $7,500. A total of $502,500 in grant funding (or 67 grants) will be available for award in all areas of the City excluding Alameda Point. A total of $97,500 (or 13 grants) will be available for award at Alameda Point. The total amount available for small business relief grants will be $600,000 (or 80 grants). Applications will be accepted from 4:00 PM, Monday, April 27, 2020 at through 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Please submit your application as soon as possible to help facilitate a timely review. Each completed application received will be reviewed and evaluated based on the eligibility requirements below. Awards will be announced by Thursday, May 21, 2020, and funds will be disbursed within 30 days of the award date.  


The grant program received 238 applications. Below is the list of awardees:

  • Vicky's Nails
  • Linguini's Pizza and Pasta
  • Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
  • Andrew C Rowe DDS
  • TRIC Tools, Inc.
  • Tucker's Ice Cream LLC
  • Speisekammer Restaurant
  • Phnom Penh House
  • Cafe Jolie
  • Alameda Ballet Academy
  • California Pacific Designs LLC/ dba Whales and Friends
  • GlassTek
  • ProBalance, Inc.
  • Wild Ginger
  • TT and B Inc dba McGee's Bar & Grill
  • East End
  • Greens & Grains, LLC
  • Alameda Business Machines
  • Everyone Counts, LLC
  • Waterfront Deli
  • Twirl, Inc.
  • Ho Thao Tran DDS
  • C'Era Una Volta Restaurant
  • Vena Nail Salon
  • International Chi Institute
  • La Princesse Salon LLC
  • 1400 Bar & Grill
  • Poke Salad Alameda
  • Honolulu BBQ
  • Green Grass Chinese Learning Center Corp.
  • Soccer Post
  • Revelation Cleaners
  • Needle In A Haystack
  • Wescafe
  • Lauren's Closet
  • Supercuts on Park St
  • Park Family Dental
  • Pineapple Sails, Inc
  • Roll & Bowl
  • J Couture
  • Director's Cut
  • Marti's Place
  • Mommy's Trading Post
  • Liho Dental Lab
  • Dobbin's Affordable Chiropractic
  • Nancy's Salon
  • Law Offices of Paul D. Hunt
  • Levys Bagels & Co
  • Sally & Kim LLC
  • Alameda Cinema Grill
  • Alameda Point Beverage Group
  • Admiral Maltings
  • Dashe Wine Cellars
  • Faction Brewing
  • Alameda Auto Lab
  • Beanery of Alameda
  • Hang Ten Boiler
  • Genghis Khan Kitchen
  • Poke Koma
  • Under One Woof
  • Malaya Tea Room
  • Mariner Square Athletic Inc.
  • We are Hair
  • Leann's Nails
  • Spice I Am
  • Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant
  • China Villa Restaurant
  • Smog Dog - Golden Smog West
  • Pinot's Palette Alameda
  • Antiques by the Bay 
  • Whisk Cake Creations
  • The Child Unique Montessori School
  • Harbor Bay Salon, Inc.
  • Urban Legend


  • The applicant must be a small business and have one (1) to twenty-five (25) full-time equivalent employees, or be a restaurant (no limit on the number of employees).
  • The business must be a physical establishment in Alameda.
  • The business must show that it has experienced a significant loss of 20% or more in income due to COVID-19 from March 16, 2020, to the application date.
  • The business must have a current Business License and have paid the FY 2019/2020 Business Improvement Area assessment if located in a Business Improvement Area.


To qualify for the COVID-19 grant, the small business or restaurant must demonstrate need by submitting the following information:

  1. Proof that they have applied for state or federal assistance to be eligible for this grant program or provide documentation about why they are not eligible for such programs
  2. Six-month income statement from October 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020
  3. Revenues - March 2019 (For businesses that have been open for less than one year, submit February 2020 revenues.)
  4. Revenues - March 2020 
  5.  Expenses - March 2019 (For businesses that have been open for less than one year, submit February 2020 expenses.)
  6. Expenses - March 2020
  7. Payroll prior to March 17, 2020
  8. Completed Business W-9 form – please click here to download a blank W-9 form. 


Funds can be used to pay rent, operating expenses and/or payroll. Grantees shall keep all receipts in case the City of Alameda requests them. The City reserves the right to audit the records.


The City reserves the right to alter, cancel or discontinue this program. In the event that an applicant is denied funding, that determination is final and there is no appeals process. It is important to note that the financial information required by this program may be subject to public inspection or disclosure as required by federal, state or local law, including the California Public Records Act.

Financial institutions, banks, lenders, landlords, publicly traded companies, nonprofits or sole proprietors without employees, elected and appointed officials, City employees, and relatives of elected and appointed officials and City employees are not eligible for this program.


Webinar and Q&A Sessions - Registration Required!
Please join us for a free webinar to demonstrate the application process and answer any questions.  Advance registration is required.  

  • April 29, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US)   -   See below for a video of this webinar.
  • May 5, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  -   See below for a video of this webinar.

Please click here(PDF, 314KB) to download a FAQ based on the first webinar. If you have additional questions after reviewing webinar recordings and FAQ sheet, please email  

Technical Support: If you need technical support with this application, please either email:, chat with a live person:, or call: 855-467-8264 x 4

April 29 Webinar Q&A Session

May 5 Webinar Q&A Session


The City reserves the right to alter, cancel or discontinue this program. All applicants submitting applications agree to the terms herein.