Self-employed residents and business owners in Santa Barbara County who are still feeling the financial effects of the COVID-19 slowdown can apply for $2,500 micro-business relief grants through June 7. Those qualifying so far have included artists, hairstylists, mobile car wash owners, personal trainers or consultants, household repair service-providers, graphic designers, photographers, landscapers, childcare providers, house cleaning experts, freelance writers, and more.

Qualifications include being in business in 2019, experiencing a decrease in income of at least 20 percent in 2020, earning less than $50,000 in one’s own business, and still operating or planning to reopen. Income tax forms are a requirement. Proof of licensing and immigration status are not. Grants do not need to be repaid.

The program is administered through the Santa Barbara Foundation, which has 60 grants to distribute. Learn more at

For in-person help, application and information sessions will be held this Wednesday-Friday:

Santa Maria
Wednesday, May 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Santa Barbara Foundation
2625 S. Miller St.

Wednesday, May 10, 2-4 p.m.
Lompoc Chamber of Commerce
111 South I St.

Thursday, May 11, 2-4 p.m.
Carpinteria Arts Center
855 Linden Ave.

Santa Barbara
Friday, May 12, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
513 Garden St.


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