The application window is now open for the California Small Business and Nonprofit COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) Relief Grant Program to reimburse small businesses up to $50k for SPSL payroll spent between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Get your share of state financial relief by submitting your application now.

CAL SMACNA fought alongside a coalition of California employers to create a reimbursement mechanism in order to recoup costs associated with Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. This program was funded for by the State of California in the Budget Act of 2022 and authorized through Assembly Bill 152 in September 2022 to allocate $250 million for relief grants for small businesses and non-profits to offset SPSL costs.

The SPSL relief grant program reimburses small businesses and nonprofits in California up to $50,000 for the costs associated with providing paid COVID sick leave to employees. These costs need to be incurred between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must meet the definition of a qualified small business or nonprofit as confirmed by CalOSBA or fiscal agent through review of revenue declines, other relief funds received, credit history, tax returns, and bank account validation.
    • Must be one of the following:
      • A “C” corporation, “S” corporation, cooperative, limited liability company, partnership, or limited partnership.   
      • A registered 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(19).
    •  Began operating before June 1, 2021.
    •  Is currently active and operating.\
    •  Had 26 to 49 employees between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022, and provides payroll data and an affidavit, signed under penalty of perjury, attesting to that fact.
      • For employers covered by Industrial Welfare Commission Order No. 16-2001 only, the number of employees shall be calculated as the number of full-time employees that have worked for the employer, without any break in employment, for the past 24 months.
    • Has provided COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave pursuant to the requirements of Sections 248.6 and 248.7 of the California Labor Code.
    •  Provides organizing documents, including a 2020 or 2021 tax return or Form 990, and a copy of official filing with the Secretary of State or with the local municipality, as applicable, including, but not limited to, Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Organization, Fictitious Name of Registration, or government-issued business license.
  • Must have an owner – or in the case of a nonprofit, an officer – identified as the authorized signer on the application that is at least 18 years of age.
  • Able to provide acceptable form of identity verification through acceptable government-issued photo ID (i.e., through Lendistry’s designated identification verification service).
  • Applicants with multiple business entities, franchises, locations, etc. are not eligible for multiple grants and are only allowed to apply once. Only one entity from any member of a “controlled group of corporations” as defined in California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23626 may apply. No more than one entity may apply for the grant that are related under sections 267, 318, or 707 of the United States Internal Revenue Code.