COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program

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Program Announcement

The Small Business Assistance Program application period ended at midnight, May 14, 2020.


Program Information

On April 14, 2020, the Modesto City Council approved a COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) that provides the following assistance benefits:

  • Deferral of city business (Mill) taxes for up to 90 calendar days from April 30, 2020.
  • Deferral of city business license fees for up to 90 calendar days from April 30, 2020.
  • Deferral of city Utility payments for up to 90 calendar days from April 30, 2020.
  • Access to zero-interest forgivable Emergency Loans provided under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program with total funding of $250,000.  Emergency Loans can cover up to two months operating expenses to a maximum total loan of $10,000. Businesses that have been awarded Stanislaus County Small Business Relief Grants are ineligible for the Small Business Assistance Program Emergency Loan.

Small businesses must apply for Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) benefits; they are not automatic.