In order to support small business employers facing financial impacts and potential layoffs from the novel-coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Worknet Merced County has established the COVID-19 Reopen Merced County Fund. The fund will provide grants to small employers experiencing economic stresses in order to prevent potential layoffs or facility closures during COVID-19.
Funding is open to Merced County businesses only, with up to $1,000 available for businesses who employ 1-25 people, and $2,000 available for businesses who employ 26-50 people.
Funding can pay for items that allow the business to maintain operations during this time, including the purchase of remote access equipment, services or tools to convert to online sales, cleaning or sanitation supplies that are needed to reduce virus exposure, or other items the business needs to invest in so as to avoid the need for employee layoffs. Please note that funding cannot be spent directly on employee wages or benefits.