LISC National
COVID-19 Response

Small businesses across the country, the backbone of our nation's economy, are facing potentially devastating economic pressure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many have already been forced to shut temporarily, and even those operating remotely still face major revenue shortfalls. With few or no reserves to pay their expenses, many will have no choice but to lay off workers and close their doors forever.

LISC LA Orange County Small Business Relief Grant

Financial assistance at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income and jobs and economic instability.

Thanks to support from Wells Fargo we are providing 15 $5,000 grants to small businesses, to help them keep functioning and remain vital facets of their local economies through this challenging period.


The application will open from May 8, 2020 at 9a PST and close May 9, 2020 at 9a PST.

Who is eligible?

  • We will support micro-businesses and enterprises affected by Covid-19 in Orange County, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital.
  • Businesses must have at least 2 employees and a maximum of 5 Full-Time Employees or 10 Part-Time Employees.
  • Applications will be reviewed based on criteria designed to prioritize particularly challenged businesses, and the final grantees will be randomly selected from the top scoring applicants.
  • Businesses must be located in Orange County.

Please note: At this point in time the survey/application must be completed in English.

However businesses can preview the application in the following languages: Spanish, Chinese, Khmer, Somali, Arabic, Portuguese, French, Thai, Russian and Urdu. Please send request to