• By Jan 13: Apply for $5,000 - $25,000 CAReliefGrant.com
  • Join the Economic Recovery Conversations | 2021 Social & Legislative Committee Focus
  • Business Closure Update: Stay Home Order continues
By Jan 13: Apply for California State Relief
If your business or nonprofit has been affected by COVID-19, be sure to apply for a grant of $5,000 - $25,000. The deadline for applications has been extended to Jan. 13. All the details and links to apply here: CAReliefGrant.com

The grant application portal has been frequently overwhelmed by use since it opened Dec 30. If you experience difficulty with the system, it is recommended you that try to complete your application during "off hours," to streamline processing.

If you need assistance applying, we recommend contacting the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center.
2021 Economic Recovery Conversation Starts Tomorrow
On January 5 at 8:30am, the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz's Social & Legislative Committee will set an agenda for Economic Recovery conversations in 2021: link to join. We'll let you know the topic of future meetings on the first Tuesday of coming months.

Want to volunteer to serve on a committee? Our downtown needs all the help we can get! Contact Executive Director Jorian Wilkins to get involved in our community!

The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz's regular Marketing, Finance, and Social & Legislative committee meetings, as well as our monthly Board meetings, are open to all members. Find the updated meeting calendar, zoom links to join, and prior board meeting minutes here.
Business Closures: Weekly Update
The Bay Area Region's ICU availability has fallen to 7.9% as of today. Because intensive care unit (ICU) capacity is below 15%California's Regional Stay Home Order is in effect and expected to continue for several more weeks, at least.

The Stay Home Order will last until our ICU availability rises above 15%. We will continue to monitor our region's ICU capacity and update you weekly. You can also see the data here: https://covid19.ca.gov/ (hover your mouse over the map of California to see the ICU figures.)

Business operations that must CLOSE under the Stay Home Order include: restaurant dining service, hair salons barbershopspersonal care services, movie theatres, wineries, bars, breweries, family entertainment centers, and cardrooms.

Business operations that are allowed to stay OPEN with modifications and 100% masking include: retail at 20% capacity, restaurants for take-out/delivery only, childcare/schools, and critical infrastructure.
Contact Tracing Can Help Us Reopen
Download California's exposure notification app to be alerted when you come in contact with someone carrying the coronavirus. Encourage others to do the same.

If 3 or more employees in your workplace test positive for COVID-19, please report to the County Health Department for "outbreak" tracing.
Is your Downtown business hiring? SUBMIT A JOB HERE

Current list of DOWNTOWN JOBS HERE

Join the Downtown Business SLACK channel to stay in communication with members!

Sent to you by your friends at the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz!

Executive Director | Jorian Wilkins
Director of Operations | Sonja Brunner
Marketing Partner | Shiri Gradek