California had announced a new COVID relief grant to those employees between the ages of 26-49 who paid COVID sick leave.

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California is extending its COVID-19 relief efforts to provide support to small nonprofits and businesses. Until June 30, organizations with 26 to 49 employees in 2021 or 2022, who have paid COVID sick leave, can apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. The state’s Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) program, managed by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), aims to match the sick leave provided by these organizations between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

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In published news of PrecinctReporter, CalNonprofits, an outreach partner, has played a crucial role in advocating for small nonprofits to be included in this grant program. Robert Gibbons, Director of Education and Advocacy at CalNonprofits, is working to make the application process as smooth as possible for small nonprofits by helping them navigate the challenges of identifying COVID sick leave through payroll providers.

To simplify the process, CalNonprofits has partnered with Lendistry, a small business lending platform chosen by the state to manage the program and evaluate applicants. By acting as an intermediary, they ensure that nonprofits receive the necessary support.

The number of employees can be a potential obstacle for small businesses during the application process due to the fluctuations experienced during the pandemic.

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