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Apply Now! Layoff Aversion Funding for Small Businesses

If you are a small business in need of assistance due to the adverse financial impacts of the pandemic, you can now apply for a Layoff Aversion Grant. If you have questions, click on the Frequently Asked Questions section below for more information, call the WDBCCC COVID-19 Resource Hotline at 833-320-1919 or email bouncebackcoco@ehsd.cccounty.us.
 
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Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

Layoff Aversion Fund Frequently Asked Questions

**All applicants are highly encouraged to register and attend the November 17th Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) LAF Webinar where additional information will be provided. This Q&A will be posted on the WDBCCC website, www.wdbccc.com.

1. When is the Small Business Grant Program Application available?
A. It will be open for applications on Wednesday, November 18th at 8am and close December 2nd at 5pm, no exceptions.

2. Who is eligible to apply for this grant?
A. A business must meet the following requirements:

  • Physical location within the County.
  • Have a current business license.
  • Currently open or intends to re-open.
  • Be current on their unemployment taxes and in good standing with the State of California.
  • Demonstrate a need for support due to the impact of COVID-19 on their business.

3. Can I use the grant funds to pay for business supplies or a mortgage payment?
A. Grant funds cannot be used for mortgage payments or payroll but here are examples of how it may help you:

  • Paying for services or tools for restaurants or retail establishments to convert to online sales or delivery, as a result of COVID-19 shelter in place orders and/or on-site and in-person service restrictions.
  • Purchasing remote access equipment or software that allows employees to work from home rather than being laid off (e.g. computers, printers, telephones, headsets, video conferencing software, etc).
  • Purchasing cleaning/sanitation supplies and/or services that will allow an essential small business to maintain an on-site workforce and reduce risk of exposure.
  • Other creative approaches and strategies to reduce or eliminate the need for layoffs.

4. Can home-based businesses apply?
A. No.

5. Are building owners eligible to apply for this program?
A. Yes, if the building owner or lessee operates a business out of that physical, commercial storefront location (not a residence) and meets other eligibility requirements (see question #2).

6. I own a business in Contra Costa County and a business outside of CCC, can I still apply?
A. Yes, but only the business within Contra Costa County limits is eligible, along with the other eligibility requirements (see question #2).

7. How do I apply?
A. Go to the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County website, www.wdbccc.com. It will be open for applications on Wednesday, November 18th at 8am and close December 2nd at 5pm, no exceptions.

8. How will grant recipients be selected?

  • Businesses with 10 or less employees.
  • Women, minority, and veteran owned businesses: retail, restaurants, hair and nail salons, barber shops, day spas/fitness studios.
  • Businesses that have not received the EIDL, PPP or any other COVID-19 related grant.
  • If necessary, first come/first served will be considered until the awarded amount of $100,000 is exhausted. Application receipt date will be the final date of receipt of fully complete application and all required documents.

9. Can I mail my application?
A. Yes, but it must be received by WDBCCC, 4071 Port Chicago, #250, Concord, CA 94520, no later than December 2nd at 5pm.

10. How much are the grants worth?
A. Up to $5,000. The amount requested must match the total cost of all items noted in Section D of the application.

11. How many grants will be awarded?
A. At least 20-30, possibly more.

12. I have received financial assistance from other organizations, will that impact my eligibility?
A. Businesses that have NOT received any COVID-19 related grants, for instance the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), or City grants, will be given priority.

13. What documents are needed to complete the application?
A. The following forms will be required:

  • Completed application
  • W-9
  • Business License
  • Are up to date on Unemployment Insurance taxes and in good standing with the state of California
  • WDBCCC may request additional documentation if necessary to verify that the business meets the Program Eligibility Requirements (see question #2).

14. How and when will the Small Business Grants be allocated?
A. The award/agreement letters will be emailed to the email address on the application by December 9, 2020. Receipts will be due within 45 days of the signed executed award agreement. The grant funds in the form of a check will be mailed to the business address provided in the application and on the W-9 form.

15. Can I get funding for purchases made prior to the date of the signed executed award agreement?
A. No. Purchases must be made after the date of the signed executed award agreement. Grant funds will be paid as a reimbursement on approved purchases only.

16. Where is the funding coming from?
A. Funding is provided from the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is subject to WIOA regulations and allowable cost expenses.

17. Will my information be shared with or sold to anyone?
A. No.

18. Are non-profits available for a grant?
A. No.

COVID-19 Update to Contra Costa County Businesses, Employers, and Workers

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) would like to share the following resource to assist employers, businesses, and employees affected by COVID-19:

The State Labor and Workforce Development Agency has a host of resources on their website to assist employers and workers regarding reducing hours, the workshare program, protecting workers, and more.

COVID-19 Webinars are offered by the California Employers’ Association. Links to multiple state resources on GO-Biz (Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development) COVID 19 web page.

The Small Business Association (SBA) is providing up to $2M in Disaster Assistance Loans. See the Small Business Development Center Contra Costa for information on applying for the loans.

The County Conservation and Development Department has updates regarding building and planning permits.

Employers/Businesses that are faced with the following employee concerns can find more information at the Employment Development Department (EDD)

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) would like to share the following resource to assist employers, businesses, and employees affected by COVID-19:

Sick or Quarantined Workers: Sick or quarantined workers may be eligible to file for State Disability Insurance, with benefits ranging from 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and from $50-$1,300 a week. Find more information at EDD’s website.

Caregivers: Workers caring for an ill or quarantined family member may be able to file for up to six weeks of Paid Family Leave. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. Find more information at EDD’s website.

Reduced Hours or Layoffs: Workers whose hours have been reduced or who have been laid off due to COVID-19 may be able to file for Unemployment Insurance (UI) or apply for the UI Work Sharing Program (an alternative to layoff). UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Find more information at EDD’s website.

Our Services

Business Layoffs/Closure: Please contact WDBCCC’s Rapid Response Coordinator, Charles Brown III (cbrown2@ehsd.cccounty.us) if your company is facing a closure or layoff. Rapid Response teams will connect with you by phone to discuss your needs and provide services to assist impacted workers. Employers of all sizes considering layoffs are encouraged to contact Charles Brown III as collecting data on the economic impact of the pandemic is important to inform future relief programs. For more general information, please review our Services Offered and Layoff and Outplacement.

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