For Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19


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We're glad you found us - helping SF nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 is our top priority. Read below to learn about city, state and federal resources.


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The City is making resources available to help sustain as many SF nonprofits and workers as possible. Check back for updates.





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Are you acquiring real estate, renewing a lease, or relocating? * CLOSED *

The City has allocated $3.1M to the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative to support one-time expenses for eligible nonprofit acquisition, relocation, construction, and renovation projects. The deadline to apply was Friday, January 29, 2021.


Up to $3.1 million is available to fund:

Grants up to $1 million for commercial real estate acquisitions or 55-year+ leases

Grants up to $250,000 for construction on commercial spaces in 100% affordable housing developments

Grants up to $75,000 for relocation and/or renovation costs in spaces with leases three years or longer; up to $10,000 additional available for eligible safe reopening expenses

Technical assistance (TA) to support real estate readiness and financial planning



Must have a 501(c)3 tax exemption or be fiscally-sponsored by a tax-exempt nonprofit organization

Must be located in San Francisco County

Must be deeply-rooted in historically underserved community(ies)

Must have a two-year track record of providing services to San Francisco residents

Must have site control (letter of intent, fully-executed lease, or purchase and sale agreement)

Must be able to attract additional resources and support for the project outside of this grant



Learn more and apply at Community Vision CA



Do you need help paying for your Shared Space improvements? * CLOSED *

The Shared Spaces program has launched the Shared Spaces Equity Grants to offer grants up to $5K for small businesses and groups that hold permits through the Shared Spaces program. The program offers reimbursement for costs including movable furniture, fixtures, and barriers, as well as for technical assistance, site monitoring, and other expenses related to Shared Spaces.

Shared Spaces Eligibility

Open to nonprofit and for-profit businesses with a Shared Spaces Permit



Learn more


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Do you need help paying for changes and upgrades to your storefront to reopen and operate safely? * CLOSED *
OEWD has relaunched the SF Shines Program for reopening to offer grants up to $5K for small businesses. The program offers reimbursement for costs to operate safely, including furniture, fixtures, and barriers. Grantees can also access professional design services to help reconfigure interior and exterior layouts.

SF Shines for Reopening Eligibility

Open to nonprofit and for-profit businesses with an SF license or permit, operating from a storefront, and open to the public

Less than 2.5M in gross receipts

Grants are available for past, current, or future physical improvements for health and safety due to COVID-19


Learn more and apply here

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Do you own a nonprofit that has yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less? * CLOSED *

The State of California has established a COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to offer grants up to $25K for nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Grant amounts vary based on the applicants' annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return.


CA Relief Grant Eligibility

Active nonprofits operating since at least June 1, 2019, and must be able to provide documentation

Less than 2.5M in gross revenue based on 2018 or 2019 tax returns

Nonprofits must be impacted by COVID-19 and the health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures incurred 

Nonprofits must currently be operating or have a clear plan to reopen once the State of California permits the reopening of the business

Go to for the latest eligibility criteria for each round


Apply * CLOSED *

Learn More and Apply. Applications will be made available by partner organizations. You can apply by finding a partner in San Francisco or by language.




Round 6 * CLOSED *

  • Eligible applicants: Current waitlisted small businesses and/or non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000
  • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6.


Need Help?

See answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


Do you own a business in the live entertainment industry? * OPEN *

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVO Grant) program (previously known as “Save Our Stages”) provides grants to support live entertainment, theatrical, and other arts and culture businesses.


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Eligibility

Live entertainment venues, live entertainment promoters, performing arts organizations, museum operators, movie theater operators, and talent representatives

Demonstrate a loss of 25% of gross receipts in any quarter

Must not be a large operator including publicly traded corporations, businesses with locations in 2 or more countries or 10 or more states, or 500 or more employees

Grant amounts may be up to 45% of gross revenue earned during 2019, or $10 million

An entity that receives a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020 will have that loan amount deducted from a later SVO grant award



Apply * OPEN *
The Small Business Administration made applications for this program available on April 8, 2021. The SBA is encouraging businesses to take several steps to get ready to apply:
SVO Grant applicants will need to be registered with the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM). Because SAM registration may take up to two weeks once submitted, potential applicants are encouraged to do this as soon as possible.
In order to register with SAM, a business will first need to obtain a Dun and Bradstreet (D-U-N-S) number. Businesses can look up their D-U-N-S number or request a number from Dun & Bradstreet.

Review the SBA's program eligibility requirements
Businesses should also review SBA's preliminary application checklist and gather documents and other information that may be needed to apply for this grant, including:

  • Documents that demonstrate their number of employees and monthly revenues (in order to calculate the average number of qualifying employees the business had over the prior 12 months)
  • Any information needed to determine the extent of gross earned revenue loss that the business experienced between 2019 and 2020
  • Any additional materials that a business may need to apply, such as floor plans or contract copies

Register and apply


Need Help?

Visit the Small Business Administration’s new Shuttered Venue Operators Grants page and read SBA’s FAQ document and watch their video tutorials. Sign up to receive email updates from the SBA about this program. For assistance in navigating the application process, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 415-937-7232.




Are you an artist or arts organization? * CLOSED *

The City has allocated $1.5M to the SF Arts & Artist Relief Fund for grants to individual artists up to $2,000 (to use as they see fit), and for arts organizations up to $25,000 to pay rent, salaries, and to help artists stay in San Francisco. Eligible organizations include 501c3 nonprofits, fiscally sponsored organizations, collectives and mutual aid societies of artists, artist cooperatives, cultural land trusts, etc. The deadline to apply for organizations was April 15, 2020 and May 15, 2020 for individuals.


Individuals (artist, teaching artist, cultural producer, etc.):

Must be a full-time resident of San Francisco
Must not be eligible for, or currently on unemployment


The annual operating budget may not exceed $2M
Must conduct primary business in San Francisco
Cultural Centers operating in City-owned buildings are ineligible



Learn more at the Center for Cultural Innovation Relief Fund and apply here.


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Are you an Arts Organization? * CITY PROGRAM *

The City has added $1M to the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) for loans up to $50,000 to small- to mid-sized arts organizations at a 2.5% interest rate. Contact Margaret Southerland at or 415-567-5494 for more information. Applications are available here.



Interested in a low-interest federal SBA Disaster Loan up to $2M?

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is the federal SBA's disaster loan. It offers SF businesses, nonprofits, certain self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors loans up to $2M with interest rates of 3.75% (2.75% for nonprofits). Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills. No personal guarantee required for loans $200,000 and under. On December 27, 2020, new funds were added to the EIDL Advance Grant program. SBA has resumed processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis.



EIDL Eligibility

Suffered substantial economic impact
Business and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees
Certain self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors are eligible
You do not need to prove you cannot get credit elsewhere



The SBA is accepting new applications. NOTE: You can check your status by logging into your account.
Apply online.

Need Help?

More information and FAQs can be found here.

Find local assistance

SBA Customer Service: 1-800-659-2955 or

Or contact one of these San Francisco-based Technical Assistance Centers:

    SF Small Business Development Center (415) 937-7232

    Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (415) 541-8580

    Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334

    Southeast Asian Community Center (SEACC) (415) 885-2743




Are you waiting to hear back about your EIDL loan?

The SBA Express Bridge Loan allows small businesses that currently have an existing business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. If you have an urgent need for cash while waiting for a decision and disbursement on an EIDL loan, contact your business' bank to see if you qualify.


Payment Protection Program (PPP)

This program reopened on January 11th. Learn more about the new PPP. NOTE: For a 14-day period, from Wednesday, February 24 to Wednesday, March 10, the PPP will only accept applications from nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. Along with other changes, this is an effort to make access to PPP loans more equitable.


PPP Eligibility

Small businesses and nonprofits with 300 or fewer employees that were in operation before February 15, 2020
Certain self-employed, sole-proprietors, and independent contractors
Demonstrate a loss of 25% of gross receipts in any quarter
No collateral or personal guarantees are required
Loan size is based on your typical pre-COVID-19 monthly payroll times 2.5, not to exceed $10M. Accommodations and Food Services may receive a loan amount up to 3.5 times their pre-COVID-19 monthly payroll.



First-time borrowers download the First Draw Application and submit it to a qualified lender.

Second-time borrowers download the Second Draw Application and submit it to a qualified lender.

Need Help?

SBA Customer Service: 1-800-659-2955 or

Or contact one of these San Francisco-based Technical Assistance Centers:

Score 415-764-4964

Small Business Development Center 415-937-7232

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center 415-541-8580

Berkeley Center for Law and Business sign up here



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Interested in partnering with the City to pay your employees extra sick leave? * FUND LIMIT REACHED *

If you pay your SF employees for extra sick time, the City will reimburse you $15.59 per hour for extra sick leave up to 40 hours through its new Workers and Families First Program. Read Frequently Asked Questions here and our City’s step-by-step program guide, or call us at 415-554-6134​. As of April 5, 2020, this program is closed and we will begin processing reimbursements April 6, 2020. All businesses that apply going forward will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if funds become available. Apply for the waitlist.

For general information about San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance in light of COVID-19, visit the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement's guidance on COVID-19.


Layoffs Alternatives

There are alternatives to layoffs that can help employers keep their employees when there is a lack of work or during financial hardship.


Do you want to keep your trained employees but still allow them to receive unemployment benefits?

The state’s Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance program allows for the payment of benefits to individuals whose wages and hours have been reduced. For more information, visit Work Sharing.


Have you had to temporarily lay off employees or reduce their hours but expect to rehire them? 

Partial claims are for employees whose employers want to keep them when there is a lack of work. Filing a Partial Claim allows employees to receive unemployment benefits without being required to look for a new job. For more information, visit Partial Claims.


Want to learn more about telecommuting?
Telecommuting can help your business continue operations while employees shelter in place. For more information, visit Resources for Managing Teleworkers.



Tell your employees to visit our Resource Page for Employees Impacted by COVID-19



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FEMA and Cal OES Public Assistance ━ AVAILABLE

Certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for funding through FEMA's Public Assistance program. Please refer to the fact sheet to determine whether your organization is eligible and learn more about State and Federal resources available to nonprofits.

Continuance of City Nonprofit Contracts ━ GUARANTEED

The City will continue to pay nonprofits according to contracts even if their operations are affected. Learn more here.

Business Taxes & Licensing Fees ━ DEFERRED

The City is deferring business taxes due April 30, 2020 for businesses with up to $10M in gross receipts for nine months with no interest or penalties. The City is also deferring collection of annual small business license and permit fees for at least three months. For more information, visit this SF Treasurer & Tax Collector webpage.

State Payroll Taxes & Reports ━ EXTENDED
The California Employment Development Division (EDD) is granting a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest for employers experiencing hardship from COVID-19. A written request for extension is required. For the most up-to-date information, visit
CA EDD’s COVID-19 resource page.


State Income Taxes ━ EXTENDED

California business and individual tax filers affected by COVID-19 now have an extra 60-90 days to file and pay state income taxes. For more information, visit the State’s Franchise Tax Board page.

Federal Income Taxes ━ EXTENDED

On March 21, 2020 the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. For more information, visit the IRS COVID-19 page.

Commercial Evictions ━ PROHIBITED UNTIL 8/15

The City has ordered a moratorium prohibiting commercial evictions because of nonpayment due to COVID-19. This applies to any rent that was due from March 17, 2020 to August 15, 2020 and this may be extended. NOTE: This does not waive the obligation to pay this missed rent.

See the detailed guidance on the moratorium for tenants and landlords provided by OEWD, and our Real Estate Assistance section for additional help.

Commercial Lease Assistance ━ AVAILABLE

The City partners with the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights to help SF nonprofits who serve low-income communities and are at risk of displacement with lease review and negotiation and related services. Enroll here.

OEWD funds Community Vision to assist nonprofits at risk of displacement due to eviction or non-renewal of a lease. Learn more and schedule a call.

Property Tax Payment ━ DEFERRED
The City is deferring the due date for the second installment of property taxes to at least May 4, 2020 without penalty. If you're unable to pay by this date for reasons related to COVID-19, you can request a penalty waiver online (note: these waiver requests will not be accepted until after the property tax deadline). For more information, read the SF Treasurer & Tax Collector's statement.


Legal Assistance AVAILABLE
The Bar Association of SF offers free business law services to nonprofits through its Community Organization Representation Project. Enroll here.

California Lawyers for the Arts offers pro bono and low-cost legal advice to creatives, including arts nonprofits.

Water Shutoffs & Late Fees  ━ SUSPENDED

The City has suspended water shutoffs and late fees for at least 60 days during the local COVID-19 Emergency. For information, read the Mayor’s Press Release here.


Water & Sewer Bill Discount  ━ AVAILABLE
Small businesses or nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a 20% reduction for six months on their water and sewer bill. The deadline to submit an application is December 31, 2020. However, SFPUC may cease taking applications earlier if funds are exhausted. For more information and to apply, go here.

PG&E Electricity Shutoffs ━ SUSPENDED

PG&E will not disconnect power due to non-payment until further notice and will offer flexible payment plans for those impacted by COVID-19. For more information, visit PG&E’s COVID-19 webpage.

Commercial Garbage Collection ━ SUSPENSION AVAILABLE

Recology is allowing businesses impacted by COVID-19 to suspend their service. Enroll here.

SFMTA Color Curb Renewal Late Fees ━ TEMPORARILY WAIVED

Businesses with white and/or green zones may receive renewal invoices from the Color Curb Program. Renewals for white and green zones are invoiced every two years. If your business is closed due to COVID-19, please email to postpone the renewal or revoke the zone. All late fees are temporarily waived. For more information, go here.

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