Small Business Incentive Program provides up to a $5,000 reimbursement grant to eligible businesses.

The Santa Ana Small Business Incentive Program is usually only available to new business within their first 3 years of opening in Santa Ana, however this requirement has been waived if a business is affected by COVID-19.


Criteria for Participation


  • Microenterprise with 5 or fewer employees, including the owners

  • New Santa Ana business within three years of operation - WAIVED IF IMPACTED BY COVID

  • Business License & Certificate of Occupancy

  • Complete a workshop or business consultation with the OC SBDC

  • Qualify under one of the following categories:

  • Income Based: The business owner within 80% of family household income limits per the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 2018 Income Limits (Effective June 28, 2019) 1 Person $ 66,500 2 Persons $ 76,000 3 Persons $ 85,500 4 Persons $ 94,950 5 Persons $ 102,550 6 Persons $ 110,150 7 Persons $ 117,750 8 or More Persons $ 125,350


  • Area Benefit: City staff will determine if your business serves at least 51% Low to Moderate Income residents based on its proximity to neighborhoods and the goods/services it provides. Exclusions apply and are listed in the Pre-Eligibility form and the Application


Grant Amounts for Qualified Business Expenses:

  • Up to $5,000 for businesses with a storefront

  • Up to $2,500 for Santa Ana residents with businesses operating in Santa Ana without a storefront (home based)


To start the application process, please complete the Pre-Eligibility Form. Once Pre-Eligibility Form is submitted, staff will contact you to discuss your business, the program, and invite you to complete a full application if the Pre-Eligibility determines that you may qualify for the program. For more information, please contact Sylvia Vazquez at svazquez@santa-ana.org or (714) 647-5445. More information at santa-ana.org.



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