Small Business Emergency Grant Program Phase III

The City of Tustin has partnered with the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OCIE SBDC) to develop the Small Business Emergency Grant Program Phase III to provide vital economic support to small businesses needing assistance in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.  In Phase III of the Program, all eligible businesses are invited to apply but priority will be given to business owners who have not previously received a Phase I or II small business grant from the City for any business they own or co-own. Small businesses with 25 or less full-time equivalent employees, may be eligible to receive a working capital grant of up to $5,000. The grant may be used for business operating expenses such as rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utility expenses, inventory, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations. 

Funding for the program is provided by the County of Orange and received through a Disbursement Agreement from the County of Orange to the City of Tustin. The City will release the entire amount of these funds, $273,800 for the third phase of the program. 


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To be eligible to apply for the Phase III Small Business Emergency Grant Program, a business must meet certain criteria that has been established by the City of Tustin and the County of Orange for activities utilizing funds. The business must also demonstrate the need for financial support resulting from the temporary loss of revenue due to the impact of COVID-19. 

General Terms and Conditions 

The business applicant must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for grant funding: 

  • The business must be a for-profit business and physically located in Tustin;
  • The business must be located in a commercial or industrial space;
  • Residential or real estate projects including short-term rental operators are not eligible;
  • The business must have an active Tustin business license since March 1, 2020;
  • As of February 1, 2021, the business must have had any combination of a total of twenty-five (25) or fewer full or full-time equivalent employees (two part-time employees equal one full-time employee), including the owner;
  • The business must be in good standing with the City (current on bills, no liens or judgements, etc.), unless directly correlated to COVID-19 impacts;
  • In order to receive priority for a grant, the business/business owner must certify that they did not receive funding from any previous Tustin Small Business Emergency Grant program;
  • The business must disclose whether or not it has received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  If the business has received PPP or EIDL funds, it is still eligible to receive City grant funds;
  • The business must submit the application and all required supporting documentation; and 
  • The business applicant must certify they have experienced financial hardship causing business interruption due to COVID-19 in one of the following ways:
    1. The business has been deemed non-essential and has been forced to shut down by the state or local government;
    2. Revenues from the business are down more than 25% for the quarter ending December 31, 2020, compared to a prior comparable quarter;
    3. The business has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full- or part-time employee) since March 1, 2020;
    4. One or more of the employees in the business have contracted COVID-19, while at work.

* City employees and elected and appointed officials are not eligible to participate in this program.

How to Apply

The business grant guidelines are available now for review and can be downloaded by clicking here.  

The business grant application will be available online only at 9:00 am on Friday, February 12, 2021. Applicants may apply for the grant program online by accessing the application portal.



Applications must be submitted online and will be accepted from Friday, February 12 to Thursday, February 18. The application period will close promptly at 5:00 pm on February 18.  


The City of Tustin is expecting Phase III of the Small Business Grant Program to have an overwhelming number of applications. If the number of applications far exceeds the amount of funding that is available for disbursement, the City will implement a lottery system for all eligible small businesses.  Priority will be given to business owners who have not previously received a Phase I or II small business grant from the City for any business they own or co-own.  Once applications and eligibility have been approved, they will be assigned a number and entered into a lottery.  Potential grant recipients will be contacted by email, phone and/or letter starting March 2, 2021.

Contact Information 

For additional information regarding the Small Business Emergency Grant Program, please contact the following:

City of Tustin
Economic Development Department

300 Centennial Way
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 573- 3117

For questions about the guidelines and application or assistance in completing the application and to set up a one-on-one consultation (at no cost), please contact the OCIE SBDC at:

Manal Richa, Director
Small Business Development Center - CSUF
800 N. State College Blvd. SGMH 4157
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-1801 office