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The City is exploring additional resources and measures to alleviate the pressure that you are facing as an Employer as a result of COVID-19. We will continue to post new details as they become available. Since this is a fluid situation, check back frequently and Follow us @CityofPS on Facebook, and Twitter for the latest updates.

Below find information and resources to help you during this challenging time.

Important Updates 

  • The California Grants Portal Has Just Launched!: one destination to find all new state-administered grants and loan opportunities offered on a competitive or first-come basis. is managed and hosted by the California State Library.

  • NEW! Riverside County Non-Profit Assistance Fund -On June 9, the County Supervisors approved a Non-Profit Assistance Fund to provide grants ranging from $2,500 - $10,000 to local non-profits to assist with general operating expenses.
    •  The application will open on Wednesday, July 1 and allowing for a 30 day application period
    • The program will be administered by the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF).
    • Grant applications will be funded based on location, size of the agency, financial need and the direct impact of COVID on the agency’s operations.  The funding parameters will also strive to advance equity and meet the needs of underserved communities.
    • faith-based, all volunteer, and smaller organizations with 50 employees or less are encouraged to apply.Organizations that received $100,000 or more in PPP are ineligible.
    • Nonprofits interested in learning more are encouraged to provide their contact information for future communication on the application process and timelines at the IECF website Link Here or visit the Supervisor’s website,

  • NEW! Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)   PPP has been modified providing the following relief:
    • PPP now allows business to spend their funds in 24 weeks, up from eight weeks.
    • Only 60% of the loan is required to be spent on payroll to qualify for forgiveness, down from 75%.
    • The covered period of the loan now ends Dec. 31 instead of June 30.
    • Businesses will not lose any loan forgiveness eligibility if they can show that some employees declined to return to their jobs or the pre-pandemic headcount is no longer required.
    • The payback period for new loan applicants has been extended from two years to a minimum of five for those not seeking or who are ineligible for forgiveness.
    • Revised forgiveness applications are pending guidelines from the Small Business Administration and US Treasury Department.


  • NEW! County Approves $45 Million in CARES Act Grant Funding For Small Businesses;
    • Application period begins June 3:  Apply HERE for County grant funding
    • Deadline: Applications must be received before June 19.
    • Grants up to $10,000 will be provided to eligible businesses on a lottery basis.  Eligible businesses include those that:
      • Have 50 or fewer employees;
      • Have been operating for at least one year;
      • Have not received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds; and,
      • A safe reopening plan will need to be submitted. 
    •  View Business Assistance Grant Program Flyer HERE

  • NEW! Lowes Minority Owned Business Grants- Home improvement retailer Lowe’s has announced it will be making $25 million in grant funding available to assist minority-owned businesses, especially home improvement professionals, reopen following COVID-19 shutdowns. Interested applicants can email for more information or contact our local store directly at:
    • 5201 East Ramon Rd.
      Palm Springs, CA 92264
      (760) 866-1901

  • NEW! Walmart Grants From $250 to $5,000 - Grant applications can be submitted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The 2020 grant cycle began February 1, 2020 and runs through December 31, 2020. For more information please visit:
  • NEW! COSTCO Charitable Community Donations– Costco’s grant program is intended to provide support for non-profit organizations focused on children, education and health and human services. For more information visit:
  • SBDC Hosting Daily Webinars: 30-40 minute webinars, with the most up to date information as it relates to funding information during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Link here. 
  • Local Store Marketing (LSMx) Licenses Still Available for Palm Springs Businesses!  This tool allows you to gain insights into the area around your store and send ads to new customers, all from your mobile device. Link Here to Request LSMx License  
  • Payroll Protection Program (PPP) - Participating Lenders:   List of known banks and credit unions that are accepting PPP loan applications. Link Here.   Related press release Link Here.  
  • Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses -  Order provides 90-day extension in state and local taxes, including sales tax.  Link Here 

Federal Resources:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Disaster Assistance

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. SBA issued a disaster declaration officially designating Riverside County eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.  EIDL loans can provide vital economic assistance to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue businesses are experiencing. These low interest loans can be made for up to $2 million and may be used to pay for operations such as fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could not be paid due to the impact of COVID-19.  Click here to view full SBA Press Release.


 The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

For additional SBA information visit: 

If you have questions or interest in applying for this Federal resource, your contact is:

Christopher Lorenzana, Deputy Director
Orange County / Inland Empire District Office
U.S. Small Business Administration

  • U.S. Small Business Administration -  Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.   SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.  The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.  This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19.  For a top-line overview of the Paycheck Protection Program CLICK HERE

  • U.S. Small Business Administration - Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance

Small business owners eligible to apply for an EIDL Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.  


  • U.S. Small Business Administration - Express Bridge Loans

Effective March 25, 2020 Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap  if the small business has an urgent need while applying and/or waiting for decision and disbursement for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.  You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration - Debt Relief

As part of SBA's debt relief efforts:

  • The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months.
  • The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help Employers and Workers prepare for the COVID-19 virus.  Guidance about Employer responsibilities, Employee rights and compensatory information is available at U.S. Department of Labor Website and/or call their toll free information and helpline, available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243).

For Small Business Owners:

State Resources:

  • California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has developed a useful guide on COVID-19 to assist Employers and Businesses.  To download the COVID-19 Employer Guide CLICK HERE.

  • Free SBDC Virtual Business Consulting Appointments
    The Small Business Development Center business consultants are here to help you during this time. For the safety and convenience of both parties, they are offering virtual consulting sessions online – all at no cost. Make an appointment to learn more about every application, resource, and question you have to help your business prepare and recover.  Their role is provide the tools, forms and guidance to help businesses submit a complete, well prepared submission online that will have a better chance of prompt processing and loan approval.  For more information sign-up for a consulting appointment or contact the consultant below:

Sign-up Here For Virtual Consulting Appointment

Mike Pagani
Senior Business Consultant
Coachella Valley SBDC
Workforce Development Center 
44-199 Monroe St., corner Fred Waring Dr.
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: 760-848-4096

  • The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provides many services to Employers affected by COVID-19. For the most up-to-date state resources for businesses, visit the GO-Biz resource page

***There are alternatives to layoffs that can help employers keep their employees when there is a lack of work, or during financial hardship.***

  • Telecommuting

    Employers may be able to avert layoffs or work reduction by offering flexibility in work location and hours through telecommuting. The U.S. General Services Administration website provides an array of resources to help guide employers in offering and managing telecommuting or remote work.
    For more information, visit Resources for Managing Teleworkers.

  • Partial Claims

    Partial claims are for Employees whose Employers want to keep them but have temporarily laid them off or reduced their hours. A partial Unemployment Insurance claim can be used for any claimant who works less than their normal full-time hours, and whose Employers want to keep them.
    For more information, visit Partial Claims.

  • Work Sharing Program

    Employers can apply for the Work Sharing Program if they are looking for alternatives to layoffs due to reduced production, services, or other conditions. This program helps you keep your trained Employees so that when business conditions improve, you can avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new Employees, and save your Employees the hardship of becoming fully unemployed.
    For more information, visit Work Sharing.

  • State of California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank), Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)

IBank, a unit within California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), offers the following loan programs for businesses from one to 750 Employees (small businesses) affected by disasters, for more information on how to apply, visit the IBANK Website.

Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP)

IBank will issue loan guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by disasters or public safety power shutoffs and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital.  Small businesses and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss should apply.

Jump Start Loan Program (Jump Start)

The Jump Start Loan Program (Jump Start) helps small businesses start, grow, and thrive. Jump Start provides microloans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas, technical assistance and financial literacy training.


  • Tax Relief - State of California Franchise Tax Board

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to July 15, 2020, for ALL tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through July 15, 2020.  For more information, visit Franchise Tax Board Website

  • Tax Relief - State of California Employment Development Department

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For more information, visit  EDD Website

  • Potential Closure or Layoffs

Employers planning a closure as a result of COVID-19 can get help through the Rapid Response program.  Rapid Response will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing lob losses. For more information refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF).

Local Resources:

Jay Virata, Director 
Community and Economic Development 
Phone: 760-323-8259

Additional Resources:

  • Facebook: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. For more information, visit Facebook For Business Website. 

Personal Protection Equipment Resources

Desert Distilling, Inc.
34300 Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: (760) 770-3135
Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

The Palm Springs Spirits Co
Tony Hazell
500 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, 92264
Phone:(760) 424-9286
Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 4p.m.

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
The Distilled Spirits Council has created a map of distilleries producing hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19 . To view distilleries across the United States visit their webpage.  Link Here.