New Grant Programs Announced, Upcoming Webinars

October 2, 2020

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Periodically, the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) will send important updates to businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and our partner organizations who support them. These are just highlights of available resources. For information on all of the support programs available, please visit our Business & Worker Resource web page.
Small Business, Arts and Nonprofit Grants Available
Apply today for the Oakland CARES Act Small Business Grant Program which will distribute more than $4 million in grants to Oakland small businesses. The $10,000 grants may be used to cover day-to-day operating costs, such as worker payroll, rent and fixed debts. The application period closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020. Eligibility requirements and online applications in four languages are available at:

Through the Oakland CARES Fund for Artists and Arts Nonprofits, $1.425 million in grants will go to support individual artists and arts nonprofit organizations, with awards of up to $20,000 to arts nonprofits and up to $3,000 for individual artists. The application period for artists and arts nonprofit grants closes at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020. Eligibility requirements and online applications in four languages are available at:

A third program, the Oakland CARES Nonprofit Grant Fund, will distribute $850,000 in grants of up to $25,000 to community-serving nonprofits currently providing programs and services that address the impact of COVID-19 and the needs of low-income residents and businesses in the following areas:
·         Health & Human Services
·         Economic & Workforce Development
·         Legal Support
·         Food Security
·         Homeless and Renter Support Services
·         Education
The application period for the nonprofit grants closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Eligibility requirements, webinar details and online applications are available at:

These are the latest CARES Act-funded grant program launched by the City of Oakland. Grant programs for low-income renters and homeowners were announced earlier this month. Learn more about the $36.9 million in CARES Act Funding at:
On September 25, Alameda County Public Health Officers announced that Nail Salons could open indoors with appropriate safety measures. Nail salons much follow local and State guidance. 

Alameda County continues to carefully examine the potential impact of activities that may be permitted to reopen or expand and will release a phased plan that takes a measured approach to reopening to avoid dramatic increases in disease transmission.

To help the County of Alameda move to a less restrictive tier, please wear a mask in public, wash your hands regularly, keep at least six feet of physical distance when in public, and limit mixing with people outside your household.

For the list of activities that are currently open and not open in Alameda County, visit:

Additionally, Alameda County issued guidance on how to Celebrate Halloween and Día de Los Muertos Safely. Local health officials highly recommend community members participate in lower-risk activities.
Commercial Moratorium Extended
Since the City of Oakland’s commercial eviction moratorium conforms to the Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders, the new Order signed on September 23, halts evictions for commercial renters impacted by COVID-19 through March 31, 2021. For additional information and resources, please visit the Eviction Moratorium section of the City’s COVID-19 Business Resources page at:
Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Serie de 12 Tallaeres para Emprendedores Hispanos
Jueves hasta el 17 de diciembre
California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar
Wednesday, October 7, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
California Department of Industrial Relations & Employment Development Department

Use YouTube to Grow Your Business
Wednesday, October 7, 10 – 11 a.m.
Go Biz

How to Grow Your Business Online and Generate Sales
Tuesday, October 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Alameda County SBDC

Finding Customers/Marketing Your Idea (Online)
Wednesday, October 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Bay SCORE
Regular Price: $40; Discounted Price: $15

State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar
Wednesday, October 14, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
California Department of Industrial Relations & Employment Development Department

Get Your Business Online With Google
Thursday, October 15, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
East Bay SCORE

How to Bring Your Business and Brand Online with Square
Friday, October 16, Noon – 1 p.m.
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber

Search Marketing: They Are Looking for You!
Tuesday, October 20, 1 – 4 p.m.
East Bay SCORE
Regular Price: $40; Discounted Price: $15

Virtual Job Fair – Transportation, Distribution & Logistics, and Advanced Manufacturing
Thursday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
City of Oakland Workforce Development Board
Business Registration

Restaurant Current Best Practices During COVID
Monday, November 16, 9 a.m. – Noon
East Bay SCORE
Regular Price: $40; Discounted Price: $15
New State Laws
On September 17, 2020, a new law (SB 1159) signed by Governor Gavin Newsom expands access to workers’ compensation and makes it easier for first responders, health care workers and people who test positive due to an outbreak at work to get the support they need, including necessary medical care and wage replacement benefits. Read SB 1159 Frequently Asked Questions. The law took effect immediately.

The Governor also signed AB 685 to ensure timely notification to employees and local and state public health officials of COVID-19 cases at workplaces. This notification will help workers take necessary precautions such as seeking testing, getting medical help or complying with quarantine directives. The changes will be in effect from January 1, 2021 until January 1, 2023. Learn more at:

See the links to State Labor Law webinars above in Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars section.
Resources for Re-Opening
Visit the City’s Planning Resources for Business Re-Opening website for the latest information on resources to support re-opening, including:
  ·  Alameda County Public Health Department’s Mask Required for Entry Posters
  ·  County screening guidance for employers in multiple languages
  ·  Self-assessment guidance for workers in multiple languages
  ·  Information on cleaning/disinfecting businesses
  ·  Workplace Safety
  ·  ReOpening Guide signs by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Oaklandish and the Economic Recovery Advisory Council, in four languages.

If one of your employees tests positive, please contact Alameda County’s COVID Workplace team at or call (510) 268-2101 to submit a case report and for guidance and next steps. Businesses are required to notify the Alameda County Public Health Department of all positive COVID-19 cases. To learn about COVID-19 testing sites in Oakland, visit

To help the City gauge COVID-19 impacts to your business and what resources would help, please take our brief Business Re-opening and Recovery Survey.
Ongoing Business Support
A list of up-to-date resources, including information about worker benefits, grants, loans and support services for small businesses, nonprofits and independent contractors, can be found on the City of Oakland’s Business & Worker Resource web page. The site is updated regularly as more information becomes available, so please check it often. You are encouraged to: 
  · Take the COVID-19 Business Impact Data Survey, which services as the City’s intake pathway to request one-on-one business assistance

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