Program Overview

The City of Fremont has created an emergency relief grant program for small businesses in financial jeopardy as a result of COVID-19 public safety measures.

This program is funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. In order to be eligible for this funding source, certain criteria must be met.
  • Must be a Fremont-based small business, including but not limited to a restaurant, coffee shop, retail shop, salon, barber shop, or small-scale manufacturer.
  • Have a physical storefront or commercial-designated facility in Fremont (home-based businesses do not qualify).
  • Have documented business income loss stemming from COVID-19 public health and safety measures, including business income comparisons before and after Shelter-at-Home measures and a description of impacts. 
  • Be a for-profit business.
  • Been in business for at least one year.
  • Had between 2 and 50 employees (full time equivalent) on payroll in Fremont business location(s) as of the initial Alameda County Health Dept. Order for Shelter-at Home which took effect on March 17, 2020. 
  • Had gross receipts under $8 million across all business locations in the past twelve months. Alternatively, businesses can provide sales documentation for calendar year 2019 to satisfy this requirement.  
  • Have a maximum of 3 business locations in Alameda County.  
  • Have a current Business Tax certificate with the City of Fremont (businesses whose business tax payment is past due as of December 31, 2019 are still eligible in alignment with the City’s COVID-19 Business Tax relief ordinance).  
  • Have business lease/mortgage obligation.
  • Meet HUD's CDBG requirements by retaining at least one full-time equivalent (FTE) job held by a low-moderate income employee. Low-moderate income is defined as having household income that is 80% or below Area Median Income (AMI) limits, which for the Fremont area are as follows: 
    • 1 person HouseHold= $69,000
    • 2 Person HH=$78,850 
    • 3 Person HH=$88,700
    • 4 Person HH=$98,550
    • 5 Person HH=$106,450
    • 6 Person HH=$114,350
    • 7 Person HH=$122,250
    • 8 Person HH=$130,100
Businesses must certify in good faith on this application that with the assistance of this grant program, at least one FTE employee from a low-moderate income household will be able to be retained. Assistance is in the form of a grant, which will require repayment only if terms of grant agreement are willfully not met. 

Evaluation Criteria

The City of Fremont will give preference to:
  • Businesses in an industry with a non-essential designation based on Alameda County's extended shelter at home order (including dine-in food establishments). 
  • Businesses who already have or will imminently have to lay off employees.
  • Businesses that involve assembly or personal contact by nature.
  • Businesses that have applied for other local, state or federal assistance.
  • Businesses that are veteran, woman, or minority-owned. 

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