Grant application due tomorrow -- Saturday, April 4 -- (and CARES webinar Tues 4/7)


Don't have time to review tonight but am forwarding because of the deadline. 

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From: Megan Thomas <Megan@...>
Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 5:57 PM
Subject: Grant application due tomorrow -- Saturday, April 4 -- (and CARES webinar Tues 4/7)
To: Megan Thomas <Megan@...>

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Hi all, just receiving this info - see below for possible $10K grant prioritizing women-owned businesses, entrepreneurs of color and other underserved folx. 
Sorry so late, but go for it! - Megan

Verizon donates $2.5 Million to LISC for Small Business and Nonprofits

Grants up to $10,000 for businesses and nonprofits facing

immediate financial pressure due to COVID-19


SAN DIEGO -- With the toll of untold numbers of small businesses closing their doors and to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Verizon has donated $2.5 million to Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for its Business Improvement Grants (BIG).


LISC will use the funds to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses and nonprofits facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19 -- especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises that don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital in historically underserved communities.


Because of the urgency of the crisis, the application process opens Wednesday, April 1, with the first round of applications closing Saturday, April 4 at 8:59pm (PST).


LISC will launch an online process for small businesses and nonprofits to submit applications for grants at: Applications will be reviewed and then entered into a lottery.


The grants are designed to help business and nonprofits fill urgent financial gaps -- from paying rent to meeting payroll - until they can resume normal operations or other financing becomes available.


·         What: Grants up to $10,000 for businesses and nonprofits facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19

·         Start: Application process opens Wednesday, April 1

·         Close: First round of applications closes Saturday, April 4 at 8:59pm (PST)

·         Where:

·         Who: Businesses and nonprofits in San Diego County


LISC San Diego contact:

Ricardo Flores, Executive Director


o) 619.541.8017 · c) 619.384.4353




Nonprofits and the CARES Act: Small Business Funding Opportunities and Technical Assistance for Nonprofit Organizations


Tuesday, April 7th - 2:30 - 3:30 PM PST


Dear San Diego Nonprofits,


There is a flood of information coming from all directions regarding access to federal funding for small businesses and nonprofits. At times the volume of information can be overwhelming. We also know that small business technical assistance organizations are flooded with requests and have wait times of several weeks. To help local nonprofits move ahead in the process, The Nonprofit Institute has partnered with the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC), with its Brink SBDC to provide pro bono nonprofit specific technical assistance starting next week.  


To begin, we are hosting a webinar to discuss how to prepare your application for disaster assistance from the federal government. The presentation will:

·    Review the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) directly from the SBA and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from what we know at the time of the webinar, which is loaned from your bank or other lender.  

·    Discuss how to access additional technical assistance through The Nonprofit Institute.


By providing nonprofit specific technical assistance, we aim to shorten the wait times to get the information you need to be able to apply. Accuracy in completing forms is crucial, as applications with mistakes will be sent back in the queue - and there is limited funding. 



*Congress passed the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) on March 21st and through advocacy by various local and national organizations, nonprofit organizations are considered small business under the CARES Act and able to take advantage of the associated funding opportunities.  


Megan Thomas
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Vice President of Collaboration and Special Initiatives
Direct: 858.875.3332
Office: 858.875.3333

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