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TOPIC: Animals: Friendly Pets & Wild Paws

Join Tyler Hayden in conversation with Catalina Esteves (Cat Therapy), Isabelle Gullo & Christopher Harris (CARE4PAWS), and Rich Block (Santa Barbara Zoo) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Did you miss the last Downtown Business Spotlight?
Watch it below!
Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Clay Adams (Natural Cafe), Bob Stout (Little Kitchen), and Jay Ferro (Kyle’s Kitchen) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
- From the Economic Development Collaborative

Round 4- Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Program
Application Window Now Open!

PLEASE NOTE: Eligible nonprofit arts and cultural institutions interested in being considered in this new program MUST complete a NEW APPLICATION at even if they have previously applied to the CA Relief Grant Program during Rounds 1 or 2. Waitlisted applications from Round 1 or 2 do not automatically roll over to Round 4.

Important Dates for Round 4
Application Opens: March 16, 2021
Application Closes: March 23, 2021
Start of Selection Notifications: TBD

Important Application Information

  • Nonprofit cultural institutions for the Arts & Cultural Program will be required to complete a new application even if they have already applied for the COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. However, applicants will not be awarded a grant if they have already received one.
  • There will be no waitlist for Round 4. Applicants will be selected for the grant or not selected. If an applicant is not selected in Round 4 but is still eligible for the CA Relief Grant, they can submit a new application in Rounds 5 or 6.
  • There is a separate call center for the Arts & Cultural Program:
  1. Arts & Cultural Program (Round 4): 866.759.5320
  2. CA Relief Grant (Rounds 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6): 888.612.4370
The Arts & Cultural program is only available for certain eligible nonprofit cultural institutions. “Eligible nonprofit cultural institution” means a registered
501(c)(3) nonprofit entity that satisfies the criteria for a qualified small business but with no limitation on annual gross revenue, and that are in one of the following North American Industry Classification System codes:

  • 453920 - Art Dealers
  • 711110 - Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters.
  • 711120 - Dance Companies.
  • 711130 - Musical Groups and Artists.
  • 711190 - Other Performing Arts Companies.
  • 711310 - Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with facilities.
  • 711320 - Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without facilities.
  • 711410 - Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
  • 711510 - Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers.
  • 712110 - Museums.
  • 712120 - Historical Sites.
  • 712130 - Zoos and Botanical Gardens.
  • 712190 – Nature Parks & Other Similar Institutions


  • Need help finding your NAICS code? Visit to learn more about the three partners of this new program providing assistance to nonprofits.
  • California Association of Museums
  • Calnonprofits
  • Californians For The Arts

  1. Arts & Cultural Program (Round 4): 866.759.5320
  2. CA Relief Grant (Rounds 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6): 888.612.4370
Please Note: The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is not the same as the Second Business Assistance Grants Program for Ventura County. Each program requires a separate application and has different eligibility criteria. Learn more at the links above.
The American Rescue Plan and Small Business Relief

Congress has approved a new $1.9 trillion federal relief package, more commonly known as the American Rescue Plan. The stimulus legislation, the largest of its kind, includes several measures to help stabilize small businesses and the economy.
Some of the key provisions that will aid struggling small businesses are:

  • An additional $7.25 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program will also expand its eligibility for non-profits and digital journalism entities to apply.
  1. The PPP still has about $119 billion left in funds from the previous relief package.
  • An additional $15 billion will go toward the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provides grants for small businesses in low-income areas.
  • The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a new grants program, will provide $25 billion in relief funding for small restaurants. 
  1. Grants are available for up to $10 million per entity, with a limit of $5 million per physical location. Entities are limited to 20 locations.
  2. Grants may be used for a wide variety of expenses, including payroll, mortgage, rent, utilities, supplies, food and beverage expenses, paid sick leave, and operational expenses.
  • The American Rescue Plan Act will also establish another program called the Community Navigator Pilot Program, which is set to increase awareness of and participation in COVID-19 relief programs. The program will set aside $100 million in grants for entities that support its goal.
  • An additional $1.25 billion will be set aside for the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.
  • $10 billion will go toward the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which will help to fund and strengthen small business financing programs in the states.

Some of the provisions that are not small-business specific include:
  • $300 unemployment payments through September 6. 
  • For stimulus payments, individuals who make up to $75,000 and couples who make up to $150,000 get a full $1,400 check.
  1. Those making $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for couples, will receive a partial check.
  2. A $3,000 child tax credit for families with children. For each child under the age of 6, families can receive a credit of up to $3,600.
  • There are also a few new provisions that would strengthen access to healthcare for small business owners:
  1. Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollees will pay no more than 8.5% (versus 10% before) of their income on health insurance premiums.
  2. Expands the subsidies available for people earning more than 400% of the Federal Poverty level.
  3. Strengthening Medicaid and expanding support for COBRA coverage for those who have been impacted by the pandemic.
  4. These provisions will be temporary and valid for the next two years.
State Street Promenade Market
Thursday, March 18, 3 - 7:30 PM
Roar & Pour - Thursdays @ 6pm (Weekly)
Outside the Good Lion/Granada Theatre

Join The Granada, Opera Santa Barbara and The Good Lion on Thursday nights for live music, food and drink. Experience the festivities of live music on State Street while enjoying festive State while sipping on a Pisco Resistance cocktail or sampling items from the Current Hits menu. Limited seating available for dining.

3/18: Blues duo | Kenny Sultan & Tina Dabby