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Thanks to advocacy by CalNonprofits and others, the California Small Business Grant program explicitly includes nonprofits as eligible grantees! CalNonprofits is partnering with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) and the grant administrator Lendistry to provide grant program and application information to nonprofits across the state. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on the size of the organization.

Round 5 is now closed.

Get Ready to Apply - Round 6 Opens April 28:

Latest Updates

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Didn’t finish your Round 5 application? (4/1)
You still can! Log back into your Round 5 application and complete it soon!

Don’t have a current Government ID? (3/30)
Lendistry now requires a current (unexpired) driver’s license, passport, or military ID

Don’t have your 2019 form 990? (3/24)
The 2019 form 990 is required for all applicants and can be provided through May 17

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See our FAQ’s for more of the latest information.


Please DO NOT visit - this is a fraudulent site. The correct site is (no “s” at the end of “grant” and a different extension.) If you provided personal information to the fraudulent site, change your bank passwords and freeze your credit immediately.

Get the Info – Important Links

Applying and Getting Help

  • Contact SueS[at]calnonprofits[dot]org or call Sue Sigler at 415-535-0738 for questions about the content of your application.
  • CalNonprofits has no control over the Lendistry application website. For technical questions related to website functioning or application status, please call 888-612-4370, M-F, 7am-7pm or email
  • Arts and culture applicants – Use the special arts and culture helpline to contact Lendistry: 866-759-5320

Important Info and Contacts

1. Lendistry is the administrator of this grant program on behalf of CalOSBA. Grants are not "first-come, first-served" and all on-time applications in each round will be considered.

2. CalNonprofits is pleased to be named as an application partner for the California Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program. Our role is to support nonprofits in getting the most updated information and answering your questions. Questions about the application? Contact Sue Sigler, CSBG Program Manager at sues[at]calnonprofits[dot]org or 415-535-0738.

3. You do not have to be a CalNonprofits member to choose us as your partner. (But we hope you'll consider joining! Membership info here.)

4. The application partner organizations (including us) do not have any influence or input into which organizations are chosen or rejected for grants.

5. Information from Lendistry is subject to change. Check our website frequently for updates as we receive them.

Please pass this information along to other nonprofits!

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