Small Business Grant

The City of Chino Hills has received Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The City of Chino Hills has allocated this money to fund a grant program for businesses negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  

$5,000-$10,000 grants are available for businesses that meet the eligibility requirements.  

Eligible Use of Grant Funds

Grant funds can only be used for Working Capital (i.e. rent, payroll, utilities, inventory, etc).  Funds may not be used for building improvements, refinancing debt of any kind, or payment of delinquent taxes.  

If initial eligibility is determined, you will be contacted to verify eligibility (i.e. submit verification documents).  Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, based on completeness of application package. This includes submittal of verification documents.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Business must be physically located within the city limits of the City of Chino Hills. 
  • Business must have a current business license from the City of Chino Hills.
  • Business must be in good standing with the City of Chino Hills (i.e. no open code violations). 
  • Business must employ less than 35 employees, including the owner(s).
  • Business must have been opened since January 1, 2020.  
  • Business must currently employ and retain at least one low- and moderate-income (LMI) person.   In the case of staff turnover, the identified position must be filled by LMI person and demonstrate that without grant assistance the job would be lost. 
  • Business must be able to demonstrate an economic loss in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic; at least a 25% decrease in sales for the same period in the preceding calendar year. 
  • Have valid and current federal and state tax ID numbers
  • Business or owner must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.  This is not needed to submit an application, but will be required by the time funding is granted.   A DUNS number can be obtained at this website  https://www.dnb.com/duns-number/get-a-duns.html
  • Business and owner must not be listed on the Federal Debarred Lit (SAMS Search)
  • Businesses with more than one physical location may apply for the grant program for one location only. 
  • Business is not currently in bankruptcy, and had not declared bankruptcy within the last 7 years.
  • Business is current with property taxes, City fees, business license, and to the applicable local, county, state fees, and requirements.
  • Have valid and up to date applicable business insurances.
  • No person who is subject to the provisions of the City’s Conflict of Interest Code has any ownership interest in the business, or would otherwise receive a financial benefit from the business
  • Applicant must agree to the terms and conditions of the grant through a written agreement.   The agreement must be signed by an individual who has signatory authority on behalf of the business.

The table below shows the maximum gross annual income per household size:

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Gross Annual Income $42,200 $48,200 $54,240 $60,250 $65,100 $69,900 $74,750 $79,550

Job Retention/Creation

The goal of the Small Business Grant is to assist owners in operations during the global pandemic, as well as to create economic opportunities by creating and retaining jobs held by low- or moderate-income individuals within the City of Chino Hills.   Job retention is defined as total full-time equivalent position retains at 30 hours per week, or any combination of part-time position combining for 30 hours per week, including owners. 

 As part of the application, all businesses must estimate the number of jobs that will be created or retained as a result of the Small Business Grant.  Grant agreements will include estimated of the number of jobs expected to be created or retained for each business.  During the grant agreement period, businesses will be required to report on all jobs created or retained as a result of this program.   Recipients of this grant must be able to demonstrate that they have retained, rehired, or created at least one job. 

 In order to meet this requirement, businesses must be able to demonstrate that the created or retained job is held by a low- or moderate-income (LMI) individual OR the position is expected to turn over within the next two years and the business will take steps to ensure that the position is filled by or made available to a low- or moderate-income individual. 

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted from November 30 through December 14, 2020.

Applicants must complete the Eligibility Application for a determination of eligibility.  The application can be submitted in the following ways:  

  • Email to communityservices@chinohills.org with Business Grant Program in the subject line
  • Mail to City of Chino Hills, Community Services Department, Business Grant Program, 14000 City Center Dr., Chino Hills, CA 91709
  • Submit in person at the Community Services counter located on the second floor of City Hall, 14000 City Center Dr., Chino Hills, during normal business hours of Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   If you need assistance completing the application, you may call (909) 364-2717 to set up an appointment.