Solano workforce board steers new $2M business assistance program by Todd R. Hansen, Daily Republic

Program Summary
In an effort to support small businesses and employers facing financial impacts and layoffs from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the County of Solano, in partnership with the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Solano County and the Solano Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has established the Rebuild Solano’s Small Businesses Grant Program.

Utilizing $2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, this program will provide microgrants to Solano County small businesses who are experiencing economic stress related to the pandemic, with the goal of preventing layoffs or closures and allowing small employers to effectively pivot operations in response to COVID-19.

This is NOT a first come first served application award process. Awards will be given based on whether eligibility is met, the demonstrated need of the business due to COVID-19, and the quality of the application. Priority will be given to businesses that have less than 20 employees. Staff will consider whether businesses have received small business grants from other locally funded COVID-19 business investment programs in award decisions.

Please Note: Funds will not be allowed to be used to pay for employee wages or benefits, nor for rent or utilities.

Click here to learn more about eligibility guidelines, grant details and timeline for Rebuild Solano's Small Businesses Grant Program. (en español haga clic aquí)

Ways to Apply
You will need to upload the Budget Worksheet into the online application. Click here to download the worksheet.

     click here for English version (email application to Brianna Boyd at
     click here for Spanish version (aplicación de correo electrónico a Brianna Boyd at
     **Si necesitas ayuda para completar esta aplicación en español puedes contactar a Veronica Gonzalez: o llamando al 707-863-3500.

IN-PERSON - Visit WDB of Solano County, 500 Chadbourne Road, Fairfield (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday)  No appointment is necessary.

Informational Webinars
Recorded playback is available by clicking on the corresponding date below.
September 17, 2020
September 18, 2020 (en español)
September 22, 2020.

For more information or assistance with the Rebuild Solano’s Small Businesses Grant Programplease email Brianna Boyd at or call 707-863-3500.