By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– Today, the City of Victorville announced that it is launching phase two of its recently implemented grant program to assist small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Grants of up to $15,000 each will be offered in Phase Two of the City’s Reopening Victorville Small Business Assistance Grant program to help independently owned and operated small businesses continue their services and retain employees. Applications will be available on Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. at vv.city/reopen.
To be eligible, businesses must be located within one of Victorville’s Community Development Block Grant target areas, have a low income business owner (eligible as Micro-Enterprise Activity with less than 5 employees including business owner) OR at least 51% of employees are low-to-moderate income persons (Special Economic Development Activity), have been in operation for at least one year, and able to demonstrate income loss due to COVID-19. Preference will be given to businesses located in the Old Town area and minority or female-owned businesses.
“We are thankful to be able to redirect these federal dollars toward helping our city’s small businesses with their recovery efforts,” said Mayor Gloria Garcia. “The success of our small businesses is critical to our local economy.”
On May 19, 2020, the Victorville City Council approved the allocation of more than $445,791 for this grant program that is funded through COVID-19-specific, Community Development Block Grant dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Following a first round of applications, additional funds are available to assist more businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant application and full eligibility details will be available at vv.city/reopen on Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Applications must be received by Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m. For assistance or more information, business owners are encouraged to call the City of Victorville’s Economic Development Department at (760) 955-5032. Additional information to help small businesses plan for their reopening and other funding sources can also be found at vv.city/reopen.
Located in Southern California at the high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert Region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 125,000 residents and some of the area’s largest employers. Clean air, abundant mountain vistas, family-friendly recreation activities, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking night skies entice locals and visitors alike to fall in love with this city that is within a few hours of SoCal beaches, National Parks, mountain retreats, and other major attractions; and less than an hour from Ontario International Airport. Additional information about the City of Victorville is available at VictorvilleCA.gov.