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Eligibility Criteria

The grants, up to $15,000 each, are intended to help independently owned and operated small businesses continue their services and retain their employees. Applicants must be located within a Victorville CDBG target area, have no more than 20 employees including the business owner(s), have been in operation for at least one year, and demonstrate income loss due to COVID-19. This grant program was approved by the City Council on May 19, 2020 and will be funded through COVID-19 specific federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A total of $445,791 has been allocated for this grant program. Preference will be given to businesses located in the Old Town area and minority or female-owned businesses. For questions, please contact our Economic Development Department at (760) 955-5032 or by email at

Due to federal, local and program funding restrictions, businesses that meet one (1) or more of the following criteria are not eligible for participation in this program:

• Businesses not located within a CDBG target area;
• Non-profits;
• Home-based businesses;
• Businesses with more than 20 FTE employees as of the end of 2019;
• Financial and lending establishments;
• Insurance or real-estate brokerages;
• Retail chains and franchises;
• Race tracks, gambling facilities or adult entertainment;
• Businesses that do not currently employ Low to Moderate Income (LMI) persons or that are in a census tract, block group that does not service LMI persons;
• Businesses that fall into the following categories: liquor or tobacco stores, cannabis or marijuana dispensaries and manufacturing,
• Businesses engaged in any illegal activity, or operating illegally in non-compliance with local, state or federal regulations, and
• Other Businesses as deemed ineligible by the City.

Please review the complete Program Manual, which includes additional information such as necessary documentation, monitoring, scoring and ranking.